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Movielink, National Geographic to Offer Documentary Downloads

11 May, 2004 By: Holly J. Wagner

Studio-backed broadband video-on-demand (VOD) service Movielink has reached a deal with National Geographic Television & Film (NGT&F) to offer National Geographic documentaries via download.

Under the agreement, Movielink will create a National Geographic branded area on its service and distribute and promote leading National Geographic documentaries to customers throughout the United States. New titles will be highlighted in e-mail advertising and promotional campaigns.

"National Geographic is truly in a class by itself as one of the most recognized names in world exploration, research, education and entertainment," said Jessica Algazi, Movielink's VP of content. "This deal is an especially satisfying validation of our business and makes an excellent addition to the Movielink service as we expand the number of documentary titles available for download."

Titles currently available for download include: 21 Days to Baghdad; Air Force One; Clone; Egypt: Quest for Eternity; Everest: 50 Years on the Mountain; The FBI; Holy War, Inc.; Inca Mummies: Secrets of a Lost Empire; Inside the Pentagon; Inside the Vatican; Lost Kingdoms of the Maya; National Geographic Beyond the Movie: Pearl Harbor; Pearl Harbor: Legacy of Attack; The Quest for Noah's Flood; The Search for Kennedy's PT 109 and Surviving West Point, with more titles to come.

"We are proud to work with Movielink, which will help National Geographic reach the fast-growing VOD marketplace," said Matthew White, VP, film library, NGT&F. "The combination of our award-winning films and Movielink's access to hundreds of thousands of broadband-enabled consumers across the U.S. allows the Society to further its mission while leveraging dynamic technologies to captivate new audiences."

Movielink is available to U.S. Internet users with broadband connections. Titles are available for 24 hours of play within windows of up to 30 days at prices ranging from $1.99 to $4.99.

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