CinemaNow.com Offering Burnable Downloads15 Jan, 2004 By: Holly J. Wagner
Movie download site CinemaNow.com has redesigned its Web site and begun offering some movies to download and burn to discs.
CEO Curt Marvis said at Digital Hollywood in September that he hoped to offer the service by the holidays. The download capability launched Jan. 15, along with other upgrades to the site, including “progressive” downloading that lets users start watching the film a few seconds after starting the download.
CinemaNow.com offers more than 1,500 movies from most of the major studios as well as independent and adult suppliers. The site charges between $1.99 and $4.95 for downloads with a limited viewing window and is charging $14.99 for movies in its “download to own” section.
So far the titles are older and independent films, like the surfing movie Endless Summer,the Tupac Shakur biography Thug Angel and concert programs from bands, including The Bee Gees, Godsmack and Ringo Starr.
CinemaNow.com has backing from Lions Gate Films, Blockbuster and Microsoft. Its primary competitor is Movielink, the download service with backing from studios Sony, Paramount, Warner Bros., Universal and MGM.
Both services offer movies for download with an expiration window, typically 24 to 48 hours after the movie is first launched for viewing. Both have improved their sites recently to offer downloads that don't require an Internet connection to view.