NBCU Signs Download-To-Own Deal With Germany’s T-Com

A deal with NBCU’s Universal Pictures International Entertainment and NBCU International Television Distribution gives Deutsche Telekom’s T-com “first” status when it comes to digital download-to-own major films in Germany. As Variety explains, the deal for the “legal and secure” download-to-own option also includes renewal of VOD rights to a “wide array’ of NBCU content via T-Home IPTV and T-Online. The service is slated for 2Q07 launch.
— Most titles will be available day-and-date of DVD release.
— Purchases include two Windows Media files for viewing on PC or enabled handheld and one burn to DVD. (It’s not clear whether DVD playback is limited.)
Update: Finally saw the actual release and it says the DVD can be played as normal. Also, T-Com’s download-to-own service will offer the anime cult series Saber Raider and several short-subject packages. No prices are mentioned.