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Lionsgate Movies Available in 'ReelTime'

12 Mar, 2007 By: Erik Gruenwedel

ReelTime Rentals, an upstart Seattle-based online movie streaming service, announced it has inked an electronic distribution agreement with Lionsgate — its first significant studio deal.

Under terms of the pact, ReelTime users will have access to more than 200 of the Santa Monica, Calif.-based mini-major's top movies, such as Saw III, Employee of the Month, Crank, The Blair Witch Project, Dr. T and the Women and Requiem for a Dream.

ReelTime's catalog of content primarily features independent fare and public-domain titles.

The movies are viewed on a downloadable player and available as a la carte rentals or in three monthly subscription plans ranging from $4.99 (one month) to $19.99 (six months).

“ReelTime's [delivery system] is the first distributed [peer-to-peer] network that we have approved for streaming delivery,” said Jon Ferro, EVP TV distribution at Lionsgate. “We feel that ReelTime provides consumers a significant alternative in the way they experience [our] movies delivered over the Internet.”

Lionsgate has electronic sellthrough and broadband video-on-demand (VOD) deals with CinemaNow, Movielink, Amazon's Unbox, Fox Interactive Media, Xbox Live, Netflix, Wal-Mart and Monday's announcement with Apple's iTunes.

Last month, the studio said it had sold 600,000 episodic downloads of its acclaimed Showtime series “Weeds.”

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