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Warner Offers Content to U.S. File-Sharing Service

27 Jun, 2006 By: Erik Gruenwedel

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Group Monday continued its expansion in the digital arena with the announcement it would offer 200 select TV programs and feature movies for rent and download-to-own with online service Guba.com.

This marks the first distribution agreement between a domestic-based file sharing service and Warner Bros.

Rental prices start at $1.99 per movie for unlimited views during a 24-hour period. Viewers can buy extra viewing days for reduced fees without the need to download the film again.

Catalog films will retail for $9.99 and new releases, available on the same date that DVDs are released in stores, will retail for $19.99. Television shows will retail starting at $1.79 per episode.

Titles include Syriana, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Everything is Illuminated and Good Night, and Good Luck, as well as catalog fare such as The Matrix, Batman Forever and Best in Show. TV programs include “Babylon 5,” “The Dukes of Hazzard,” “The Flintstones” and “The Jetsons.”

All video content can be downloaded and played on compatible home computers, streamed to the TV and loaded onto portable devices. Users may keep permanent copies of purchased titles, load purchased titles onto portable devices, and stream purchased and rented content through their home network.

“We're pleased to open our movie and TV content to Guba's community through the launch of this service,” said Jim Wuthrich, SVP of digital distribution at WBHE. “With Guba, more Internet users will be able to legally and securely buy and rent our films and TV series. Warner is committed to providing our programming to fans when, where and how they want it, and this deal is another example of our commitment to do that.”

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