Fox Interactive Media (FIM) and 20th Century Fox announced a multi-year agreement to provide feature films and television shows on a download-to-own basis across the FIM network. Fox Interactive Media's network will have access to Fox Ent. Group's catalogue of content including hit feature films such as X-MEN THE LAST STAND and THE OMEN as well as episodes of television series like 24 and PRISON BREAK. IGN Ent. will be the first FIM property to offer a selection of content on its Direct2Drive site (www.direct2drive.com) in October 2006 with additional FIM properties including MySpace.com to come.
Our drive to deliver 20th Century Fox content via the most powerful online platforms is advanced substantially by this agreement, said Peter Levinsohn, president, digital media, Fox Ent. Group. Offering Fox content in conjunction with FIM properties enables viewers to access the best movies and TV shows from multiple platforms in the Fox family.
Initially, FIM will offer films from 20th Century Fox including new releases, made-for-TV movies, direct-to-video releases and select content from the 20th Century Fox film library on IGN's Direct2Drive site. The site will also offer current television series from various Fox entities such as 20th Century Fox, Fox Broadcasting Co., Fuel TV, Speed and FX with a selection of shows available within 24 hours of initial broadcast.
In an industry first, purchased movies and television shows will be immediately transferable to Windows Media compatible portable devices providing users with a convenient way to take the video content with them on the go.
Today marks an important step as we continue to build a bridge between the worlds of user-generated and top-quality, professional content, further enhancing our range of consumer offerings across both free, ad-supported and paid download business models, said FIM president Ross Levinsohn. With more than 75 million monthly users and one of the largest entertainment communities on the web, we are thrilled to begin offering our users exciting content from Fox.
The agreement with 20th Century Fox will enable FIM to expand its offerings with premier TV and movie content. Direct2Drive will promote the new offering throughout the IGN Ent. network, including IGN.com, Rotten Tomatoes; and Film Force, among other sites.
Direct2Drive's secure digital download service will enable users to transfer content to up to two PCs and one portable device per PC. Content will be available at competitive prices: Approximately $19.99 for new feature film releases and $1.99 per TV series episode.
A division of News Corp., Fox Interactive Media (FIM) is an integrated network of sites offering socially rich media experiences centered on entertainment, news, information and self-expression. The company's network includes Internet assets from News Corp., including FoxSports.com, Americanidol.com and Fox.com. FIM also owns and operates such category leaders as MySpace.com; Scout.com, a collegiate and pro sports network; and IGN Ent. (www.ign.com), a network of leading gaming and entertainment sites including men's lifestyle site AskMen.com and premier destination for movie-goers Rotten Tomatoes (www.rottentomatoes.com) among others.
Fox Ent. Group (FEG) is a unit of News Corp. It is principally engaged in the development, production and worldwide distribution of feature films and television programs, television broadcasting and cable network programming. The company's studios, production facilities and film and television library provide creative content, and the company's broadcasting and cable networks provide extensive distribution platforms for the company's programs. Fox Digital Media is a division of FEG dedicated to setting distribution strategy and licensing programming from all FEG divisions to new, digital outlets.