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CINEMANOW ADDS FOX TO DOWNLOADS LIST FILMS HIT WEB, DVD SAME DAY.

Byline: GREG HERNANDEZ Staff Writer

CinemaNow Inc. will announce today that it has entered a licensing agreement with Fox Entertainment Group to offer selected recent feature films such as ``Cheaper by the Dozen 2,'' ``The Family Stone'' and ``Big Momma's House 2'' and various television shows on a download-to-own basis.

The new release feature films will be available the same day as they are released on DVD instead of having a 60-day window as they had previously. The selections also include films in the 20th Century Fox library including ``Fantastic Four'' and ``The Day After Tomorrow.''

``Our goal is to accommodate our customers wherever they are, and CinemaNow is helping us to do just that," Peter Levinsohn, president of Fox Digital Media said in a statement. ``Making our content available across a variety of platforms ensures that we'll engage new audiences as well.''

To launch the Fox deal and promote similar agreements recently reached with Disney, Warner Bros. MGM, Lionsgate and Sony, CinemaNow will offer movie downloads for a discounted price of $9.99 through June 18. The regular price is $19.95 for new releases.

The download-to-own model is a relatively new element for CinemaNow, which previously had been exclusively a rental downloading service that already had distribution agreements with some of the major studios.

``As opposed to renting, you are not limited to a 24-hour viewing period so there is a more flexible user experience,'' said CinemaNow President Bruce Eisen. ``There is also more convenience than going to the video store. You can order a movie and be watching it within 30 seconds.''

The television element of the Fox deal will include television shows from the Fox broadcast network and the Fox-owned cable networks FX, Fuel TV and Speed.

They include the first season of the Fox drama ``Prison Break,'' early seasons of ``24'' and such classic shows as ``Buffy the Vampire Slayer,'' ``Lost in Space,'' ``Firefly'' and ``The Dukes of Hazzard.'' The television episodes will be available for purchase beginning July 1 and will cost $1.99 per download.

``The TV is particularly exciting for us,'' said Eisen. ``Frankly, the next big push for CinemaNow is to really get into top-quality network content on the site, both broadcast and pay networks shows.''

Customers can purchase and download a legal, permanent copy of a movie or television show for unlimited playback on up to three Microsoft Windows Media-compatible devices.

Overall, CinemaNow legally offers content from a library of more than 4,000 new and classic movies, television programs, concerts and music videos from the major entertainment conglomerates, as well as more than 250 other licensors for downloading or streaming.

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Date:Jun 13, 2006
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