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Fox Stops Retail Screeners

20 Dec, 2005 By: Thomas K. Arnold

Citing piracy concerns, 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment will no longer create DVD screeners for retailers.

Instead, advance copies of movies will be available on Fox's retail Web site for streaming.

“Every year, movie pirates seek out copies of screeners to upload to the Internet and create pirated discs sold around the world, causing great harm to our industry,” Devon Scala, manager of fulfillment services for Fox, wrote in a Dec. 13 letter included in the studio's monthly retail mailing. “Therefore, we will no longer be creating DVD screeners to be included in our monthly mailer.”

Within 30 days, the letter continued, retailers will be given the exact date when upcoming DVD releases will be available for streaming on the Internet, at www.foxretail.com, the studio's business-to-business Web site.

Retailers also will be given details for accessing the films.

Fox executives did not return phone calls by presstime.

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