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Disney to Sell Film Downloads

From the Associated Press

Disney films such as “Glory Road” and the animated “Chicken Little” will soon be available to own via computer download from the Internet-based movie distributor CinemaNow Inc.

The companies were expected to announce today that CinemaNow will sell the films for $19.95 and allow customers to transfer the downloaded content to portable devices that use Microsoft Corp.'s Windows Media software.

In a deal similar to others announced in April, Walt Disney Co. will sell its films online the day they become available on DVD, thus closing the gap between DVD sales and video on demand by several months.

Customers would be able to watch their films on as many as three devices and make a backup DVD copy that would play only on a computer.

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CinemaNow plans to offer the option of transferring the film to a portable device in June.


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