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DISNEY PUSHING FILM DOWNLOADS.



Byline: Greg Hernandez Staff Writer

The Oscar-winning musical ``Chicago'' and Martin Scorsese's epic ``Gangs of New York'' are among the titles available on the Internet either now or in the coming weeks as part of a deal announced Monday between The Walt Disney Noun 1. Walt Disney - United States film maker who pioneered animated cartoons and created such characters as Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck; founded Disneyland (1901-1966)
Disney, Walter Elias Disney
 Co. and CinemaNow.

Disney's Buena Vista Pay Television Inc. division has agreed to begin offering new and classic films from the Disney library for download off of the CinemaNow Web site starting this week.

The deal is seen as a sign that legitimate movie downloading continues to make inroads inroads
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make inroads into to start affecting or reducing: my gambling has made great inroads into my savings

inroads npl to make inroads into [+
 in an industry concerned about the illegal copying and distribution of its movies. The film studios are determined to avoid the same piracy piracy, robbery committed or attempted on the high seas. It is distinguished from privateering in that the pirate holds no commission from and receives the protection of no nation but usually attacks vessels of all nations.  problems that have plagued the music industry and contributed to slumping CD sales.

``The Internet is now starting to realize its potential as a legitimate, revenue-generating distribution platform for entertainment and media content,'' said CinemaNow Executive Vice President Bruce Eisen. ``We are thrilled to offer our growing customer bases the high-caliber films that Disney is recognized for.''

Eisen said the deal represented Disney's commitment to taking advantage of the video-on-demand format, which he said is poised for explosive growth in the coming years.

New release titles like ``Chicago,'' bowing Oct. 3, will be made available the same day as they are available on traditional pay-per-view outlets. ``Gangs'' and the Jackie Chang-Owen Wilson comedy ``Shanghai Knights'' are already being offered, and additional library titles will be announced at a future date.

``The advent of digital technology has provided new ways for us to offer our consumers faster and more direct access to the movies they want to watch,'' said Disney's Dan Cohen cohen
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(Hebrew: “priest”) Jewish priest descended from Zadok (a descendant of Aaron), priest at the First Temple of Jerusalem. The biblical priesthood was hereditary and male.
, senior vice president and general manager of Buena Vista Pay Television.

The films will be from Disney's various movie banners and affiliated film companies, including Walt Disney Pictures, Miramax Films, Touchstone touchstone

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 Pictures, and Dimension Films.

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David Joyce was born at Mt.
 said that, while video-on-demand is probably a few years away from really hitting its stride and having any kind of impact on the movie rental market, it was wise for Disney to get involved now.

``Disney has to take video-on-demand by the horns,'' said Joyce, an analyst with Guzan and Associates in Miami. ``It can't be reactive. It has to be proactive.''

Disney is the latest in a growing list of content providers to partner with CinemaNow. The others include 20th Century Fox, MGM MGM
 in full Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, Inc.

U.S. corporation and film studio. It was formed when the film distributor Marcus Loew, who bought Metro Pictures in 1920, merged it with the Goldwyn production company in 1924 and with Louis B. Mayer Pictures in 1925.
 and Warner Bros BROS Brothers
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.

Greg Hernandez, (818) 713-3758

greg.hernandez(at)dailynews.com
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