April 29, 2003 |
Broadening its efforts to attract viewers on the Internet, MGM Home Entertainment, a subsidiary of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Inc., has agreed to license its movies to CinemaNow Inc., an online movie distributor in Marina del Rey. The two firms are expected to announce the deal today. It would give privately held CinemaNow access to MGM's films for streaming or downloading as soon as they are released to pay-per-view services on cable and satellite TV.
April 3, 2003 |
News Corp. subsidiary 20th Century Fox plans to make its movies available online for the first time, offering downloadable versions of selected titles through Marina del Rey-based CinemaNow Inc. Financial terms of the deal, which is expected to be announced today, were not disclosed. Fox announced an Internet movie joint venture in 2001 with Walt Disney Co., but that project was shelved last year because of antitrust concerns before it got off the ground.
January 3, 2008 |
Online movie download site CinemaNow Inc. has struck a deal with software maker Macrovision Corp. aimed at making it easier for manufacturers of media players and other devices to make their products compatible with CinemaNow's on-demand movie service. CinemaNow, based in Marina del Rey, has been pushing to make its movie service available beyond users' computers, with the goal of enabling users to easily transfer movie downloads for viewing on TV sets.
February 6, 2007 |
Wal-Mart Stores Inc. today begins selling films online as the leading seller of DVDs stakes a claim in the emerging market of movie downloading. The store, at www.walmart.com/videodownloads, makes Wal-Mart the first major retailer to offer downloadable digital movies from all the major Hollywood studios. The online DVD market is crowded with competitors, including Apple Inc.'s iTunes store, online retailer Amazon.com Inc.'
February 7, 2007 |
Amazon.com Inc. and TiVo Inc. are trying to bridge the gap between the PC and television. The two companies plan today to announce an alliance that will enable some TiVo Inc. customers to use their TVs to watch movies and television shows purchased through Amazon's nascent online video store, Unbox. The service addresses one of the greatest impediments to the growth of Internet video -- viewers can't watch it on their living room TVs.
September 27, 2007 |
A long-anticipated technology that will let consumers burn downloaded movies to DVDs is expected to be announced today, representing a potential milestone in the development of online movie services. Sonic Solutions Inc. of Novato, Calif., said it had won approval for its technology, which makes it possible for people to record homemade DVDs containing the same copy protection found on professionally made DVDs. The approval came after protracted negotiations with the DVD Copy Control Assn.