Qwest Links With Sony to Offer Movielink7 Aug, 2003 By: Hive News
Qwest Communications has inked an agreement with Sony Pictures Digital Networks to offer entertainment and gaming services, including the Movielink movie download service, at no additional charge to its MSN broadband customers.
The companies will provide one-stop, high-speed access to these services through a Web portal, according to a Qwest release.
Customers buying the broadband service in the next six months can select either a Games Pack or an Entertainment Pack, which includes Movielink downloads, music downloads from Sony Music, video-music creation software tools from Screenblast and a 30-day subscription to SoapCity Download, which allows fans to download soaps.
Disney last month became the sixth major studio supplier to offer titles on Movielink, which five other studios -- MGM, Universal, Paramount, Sony and Warner -- launched as a joint venture last November. Artisan Entertainment signed on with Movielink in late March. The addition of the Disney titles increased Movielink's catalog to about 400 titles, up from 175 at launch.
The Games Pack includes 30-day subscriptions to the online games EverQuest and PlanetSide.
Qwest is the first communications company to make complimentary packages of this scope available to customers through an integrated broadband experience," said Annette Jacobs, Qwest EVP, consumer markets group. "By providing customers with the most in-demand entertainment or gaming services, Qwest is able to provide something for everyone: they want to indulge their creative side, join hundreds of other users online playing, or simply sit back and enjoy their favorite movie or song."
"We believe that rich media content and applications will further drive broadband adoption and customer retention across the industry," said Michael Arrieta, SVP, strategic alliances, Sony Pictures Digital Networks. "With our broad range of service offerings from Sony Pictures, Sony Online Entertainment, Sony Music and Movielink. we are excited to partner with Qwest to give users dynamic and exciting content services that do just that."