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CinemaNow to Offer Download-To-Own Disney Movies

CinemaNow Inc. has struck a non-exclusive agreement with Buena Vista Home Ent. (BVHE) to offer Disney movies on a download-to-own basis through its website. BVHE will additionally offer select new movies beginning with GLORY ROAD on June 6, which will coincide with the timing of its DVD release. This agreement will also allow on demand viewers to move their content onto approved portable devices.

Movies initially offered on a download-to-own basis include CHICKEN LITTLE, PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN, HERBIE: FULLY LOADED and FLIGHTPLAN. New movies will be priced at about $20 while catalog titles will be offered at about $10.

Additional movies available the same day as their DVD release will include EIGHT BELOW on June 20 and ANNAPOLIS on June 27. Customers can purchase and download a legal, permanent copy of a BVHE movie for unlimited playback on the download device.

We are very proud to have been selected by Buena Vista Home Ent. as an Internet company to distribute its movies on a download-to-own basis, said Bruce Eisen, president of CinemaNow. Buena Vista Home Ent. not only produces and distributes some of the highest quality movies in the world, but they have also been a leading force in the adoption of new distribution platforms and we are excited that they recognize CinemaNow as a leader in this emerging space.

"We are pleased about this broadband distribution opportunity which allows Buena Vista Home Ent. to provide viewers with more flexibility in viewing their favorite new releases and catalog movies on this emerging distribution platform. commented Pat Fitzgerald, evp of Sales, Distribution and Trade Marketing.

CinemaNow Inc. ( is the global leader in broadband video-on-demand. CinemaNow legally offers content from a library of more than 4,000 new and classic movies, television programs, music concerts and music videos from 20th Century Fox, ABC News, Disney, HDNet, Lionsgate, MGM, Miramax, NBC Universal, Sony, Sundance Channel, Warner Bros. and more than 250 other licensors for downloading or streaming.