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.
February 20, 2002 |
Using the aptly titled film "What's the Worst That Could Happen?" Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Inc. today becomes the first major Hollywood studio to offer downloadable movies over the Internet. The studio, working with CinemaNow Inc. of Marina del Rey, plans to test the market for online video-on-demand by offering both downloadable and "streamed" versions of the Martin Lawrence-Danny DeVito film and "The Man in the Iron Mask," a 1998 action flick starring Leonardo DiCaprio.
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.'
November 29, 2006 |
Onetime file-swapping pariah BitTorrent Inc. is expected to announce deals today with 20th Century Fox, Paramount Pictures and MTV Networks to deliver popular movies and television shows as it tries to reshape itself into a legitimate distribution outlet. San Francisco-based BitTorrent plans to harness the same technology used by millions of people to illicitly trade copyrighted movies and television shows to create a marketplace for downloading all forms of licensed entertainment content.