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CinemaNow Japan announces agreement with Warner

Written by James Delahunty (Google+) @ 07 Dec 2005 12:06

CinemaNow Japan announces agreement with Warner CinemaNow Japan has announced a licensing agreement with Warner Bros. International Television to offer the studio's movies for download on a subscription and pay-per-view basis, marking the first time major Hollywood movie downloads will be "legally" available to Japan's 32 million broadband Internet users. "This groundbreaking agreement is a great accomplishment for CinemaNow Japan and will deliver a first-of-its-kind service to the burgeoning Japanese market," said Curt Marvis, CEO of CinemaNow and chairman of CinemaNow Japan. "It marks another major step forward in CinemaNow's mission to build a truly global distribution network that reaches localized markets."
The movies that will be added include new major movies Constantine and Ocean's Twelve and older movies like the original Batman movie. The titles will be available on CinemaNow Japan's subscription service, which allows its users to download movies on an unlimited basis and watch them whenever and wherever they want. "Leveraging CinemaNow's unmatched operational experience, technical expertise, and growing content portfolio, CinemaNow Japan was able to quickly establish itself as a leading online video-on-demand service," said Toshiyuki Tomii, president of CinemaNow Japan. "With the addition of Warner Bros. International Televisions content, CinemaNow Japan will offer its broadband users a high-quality, easy-to-use, on-demand entertainment experience that is unmatched in the marketplace."

CinemaNow Japan's monthly subscription service costs 1,480 Yen ($12). Users can also download and watch movies on a pay-per-view basis for 250 Yen ($2) as many times as they like over a 48 hour period. The agreement was negotiated on behalf of CinemaNow Japan by Bruce Eisen, president of CinemaNow.


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