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Movielink, the Internet movie-on-demand service, has signed on Walt Disney, and will offer Disney movies for download… the pact now gives…

Movielink, the Internet movie-on-demand service, has signed on Walt Disney, and will offer Disney movies for download… the pact now gives Movielink films from six of Hollywood’s seven major studios, with 20th Century Fox being the only major holdout. Movielink’s catalog will grow to approximately 400 titles, after launching
with 175 initially, about eight months ago.

Disney will supply new releases and some older films from its Walt Disney Pictures, Touchstone, Dimension and Miramax Films groups. Movies include recent Oscar winner “Chicago” as well as family films such as “Jungle Book 2.”

Movielink, which launched in November 2002, is venture among the film studio divisions of media companies, AOL Time Warner, Viacom, Sony, Vivendi Universal and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer…

In another story on Mercury News, this move is being read as: “It’s also the first concrete evidence of Disney’s desire to recast itself as a leader in the digital transformation of the entertainment industry. It’s a new direction that CEO Michael Eisner heralded in his speech last spring before the National Association of Broadcasters, in which he said he wouldn’t let the threat of piracy keep the company from embracing new forms of distribution.”

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