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Paramount Digital Entertainment and Lionsgate have inked deals licensing their films through DivX, a San Diego-based digital media company whose digital video format is already supported by a broad range of devices in consumer homes.


DivX already has deals with Warner Bros. and Sony Pictures so that movie services that choose to use the DivX format and have deals with those studios can distribute their films on the video format.


Right now, Warner Bros. offers downloads of its films in the DivX format through its studio site in France.


On Tuesday, DivX also announced deals with three European movie delivery services - ERG in Belgium and the Netherlands, FilmOn.com in the U.K. and Play4Film, based in Italy with service offered throughout Europe.


DivX doesn't yet have a deal with any movie delivery services in the U.S. but execs said during a Tuesday earnings call that they would be announcing a deal shortly.


Once that deal is in place, assuming the move site has deals with Warner, Sony, Paramount and Lionsgate, consumers will be able to buy movie downloads from those studios for playback on the PC or to burn to DVD or copy them to USB devices for playback on DivX compatible DVD players, Blu-ray players, TVs, mobile phones and other devices from a broad range of manufacturers. The company says 200 million devices worldwide now support the DivX format.


One of the key things for DivX is that we really do have a large ecosystem already, said DivX technology architect Eric Grab.


And movies offered on the format can be moved between a range of devices from different manufacturers and burned to DVD, something consumers have only been able to do for a limited number of films up to now.
http://www.videobusiness.com/article/CA6674791.html
 

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Paramount, Lionsgate, Warner Bros. & Sony Pictures movies finally available (legitimately) in DivX

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Over the last few years we've witnessed a slew of DivX Certified devices including HDTVs, DVD & Blu-ray player, set-top boxes, game consoles and even cell phones, but until now, despite several content agreements, in the U.S. there hasn't been any content available in the format from the major studios. That changes today now that online store FilmFresh.com, has signed up Paramount, Lionsgate, Warner Bros. & Sony Pictures to offer new release and archive movies for purchase as DivX formatted downloads. The bad news? For now at least, they'll be standard definition (stereo audio) only. Rick Bolton, CEO of Film Fresh as well as Eric Grab and John Greene of DivX filled us in on the details, and from what we've learned -- if you'll stand for lower res video -- the combination of compatibility and portability could make this download service a competitor against the likes of iTunes, CinemaNow and Zune.


Expect pricing around $9.99 - $15.99 for catalog / new release flicks, with 600 expected at launch, rising to 1000 movies soon after. The DivX system allows for just a single download, but, you can easily back up copies to disc, hard drive or any other storage and still play them directly on DivX Certified (no on Xbox 360, yes on PlayStation 3) devices. Since the DRM ties the file to your user id, not a particular device, one copy should play on any compatible hardware once it's been registered. That includes PCs, where progressive download support mans you don't have to wait until it finishes to start watching. We'll keep an eye on Film Fresh to see if it takes off, but the good news is if you're interested, unlike other services, there's likely already a device in your living room ready and waiting to play these movies.
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As I've said before, being able to burn it to your own shiny disc will sell this method.


The only hurdle now is hd and 5.1. Once that is achieved, Bd burners sales will fly and the studios are released from the cost of providing a disc, packaging and shipping.

This does not bode well however for BB, Target or WM who count on disc sales as a draw to stores.


First good news I've seen in this section for some time.
 

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Starting today, Warner Bros., Paramount Pictures, Sony Pictures and Lionsgate will begin offering the first movie downloads that can be burned to disc using virtually any DVD or Blu-ray Disc burner for playback on a broad range of devices already in millions of consumer homes.


The four studios will offer the downloads through under-the-radar online movie service Film Fresh, which inked the first U.S. movie delivery deal with Divx, maker of a popular video format supported by millions of DVD players, Blu-ray players, TVs, mobile phones, the PlayStation 3 and other devices from the biggest consumer electronics brands, including LG, Samsung and Sony. The site will relaunch with recent releases Iron Man, My Bloody Valentine and arthouse film The Lives of Others but will soon add new releases.
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Bolton said the company would price newer films between $10 and $13. New releases weren't on the beta site earlier this week, but the site is aggressively pricing recent release films competitive with both iTunes and Amazon.com, the two low-price leaders of digital films. Nick and Nora's Infinite Playlist was selling for $12.99, while The Curious Case of Benjamin Button was priced as $9.99.


Bolton said Film Fresh also will do some interesting pricing strategies that will become apparent as the site unfolds.
http://www.videobusiness.com/article/CA6685873.html
 
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