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Lionsgate CEO says Blockbuster and Best Buy are ready to launch movie download services

Written by Andre Yoskowitz (Google+) @ 01 Jun 2007 10:17 User comments (3)

Lionsgate CEO says Blockbuster and Best Buy are ready to launch movie download services According to Lionsgate CEO Jon Feltheimer, both Best Buy and Blockbuster are ready to enter the rapidly growing movie download market.
"We have nearly a dozen active agreements in place for digital delivery of our content with such major players as Apple, Amazon, Microsoft, Blockbuster, Best Buy, and Wal-Mart, with more to follow," said Feltheimer.

Although there has been no official announcement by the two companies, Felthheimer announced that he would be selling on the iTunes store, saying so so he can be considered a reliable source.

Blockbuster's intentions have been well known for a while now, but Best Buy was more surprising. One theory is that Best Buy was influenced by its giant competitor Wal-Mart's move into the movie download business. So far however, consumer interest in Wal-Mart's service have been very low just like Best Buy's music service.

Blockbuster has been linked to negotiations to purchase Movielink on more than one occasion and its main competitor Netflix launched a streaming movie service back in January. It seems Blockbuster has decided to build the service from scratch in hopes to gain another edge over Netflix which is still soundly beating the company in subscribers.

Blockbuster spokesperson Randy Hargrove declined to comment however, on the CEO's statement. "We intend to offer a movie download service, but we have not provided any details on timing or anything else...It makes sense for us to participate in the download space, but we don't see it becoming a huge business in the next year or two. That said, it's something we think is important."

iTunes and XBL have done marginally well with movie downloads so far, although the concept itself is still very young. Its a wonder to see how these two new entrants will fair.


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3 user comments

11.6.2007 19:39

does anyone know if netflix charges for those movie downloads or if it just takes up a movie on the Q or what?
i have BB right now so i really hope they get that started up

21.6.2007 23:12

This is just another one to put on the long list of new mergers trying their luck and the movie download business.

319.7.2007 19:30

This could be interesting, but my wife thinks that I spend enough time in front of the computer already.

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