MySpace to Sell Fox Downloads14 Aug, 2006 By: Erik Gruenwedel
What began as a conduit for movie trailers and content trivia, in October MySpace.com will begin selling downloads of movies and episodic television from 20th Century Fox and Fox TV, respectively.
Initial feature films would sell for $19.99 and include The Omen, Thank You for Smoking, Garfield: A Tail of Two Kitties and X-Men: The Last Stand. Future releases would be day-and-date with their DVD bow.
TV programming, which would retail for $1.99 per episode and be available within 24 hours of the show's network broadcast, includes venerable anti-terrorist agent Jack Bauer in “24,” “It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia” and “Prison Break,” among other shows.
The content can be downloaded only to a disc for playback on a PC or Windows Media Player-enabled device. It cannot be burned to a DVD and played on a DVD player.
Fox Interactive Media will initially begin testing content downloads using technology from Direct2Drive.com, which is owned by News Corp.'s IGN Entertainment. If successful, it is believed that Fox would subcontract the service to proprietary and third-party Web sites.
Fox also sells movie downloads on CinemaNow and Movielink.