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<I>Scorpion King, Brotherhood of the Wolf</I> Headed for Internet VOD

7 Oct, 2002 By: Hive News

Web surfers will get online access to The Scorpion King, Brotherhood of the Wolf and other first-run Universal Studios titles starting next month, thanks to a four-month test announced today that will let IP-based video-on-demand (VOD) service CinemaNow, Inc. deliver first-run pay-per-view and library titles on-demand via cinemanow.com.

"Universal recognizes that Internet video-on-demand is a growing distribution platform for feature films with increasing demand and revenue potential," said Holly Leff-Pressman, SVP of worldwide PPV and VOD, Universal Television Distribution. "Working with CinemaNow allows us to explore the demand for both the downloading and streaming of our content to an established audience while testing the quality and security of the environment."

Titles to be made available will include Big Fat Liar, The Scorpion King, and Brotherhood of the Wolf, all premiering in November 2002. These films will appear on CinemaNow during their traditional pay-per-view windows.

Additional titles from the Universal film library are also available, ranging from the Alfred Hitchcock classic Psycho to Erin Brockovich starring Julia Roberts.

"For the past three years we have been perfecting our business, creating a simplified interface for streaming and downloading content, while providing a technology that can securely deliver any piece of content on-demand in a financially viable manner," said Curt Marvis, CEO of CinemaNow. "We are thrilled Universal has chosen to license such high quality product to CinemaNow."

PatchBay, CinemaNow's proprietary VOD technology, will facilitate all aspects of the films distribution including digital and territorial rights protection, user profiling, comprehensive pay-per-view services and detailed report generation.

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