MARINA DEL REY, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--CinemaNow, Inc., the leading Internet provider of downloadable videos, today announced it has signed licensing agreements with Showtime Networks Inc. and A&E Television Networks (AETN) to offer select television content through its Web site (www.cinemanow.com). Starting this month, AETN series from A&E® Network, The History Channel® and The Biography Channel®, including Biography® and Modern Marvels, and SHOWTIME television series including The L Word®, and Sleeper Cell will be available for purchase on a download to own basis. To kick off its relationship with SHOWTIME, CinemaNow will be offering the premiere episode Sleeper Cell: American Terror available free to its customers.
Through this agreement customers will be able to legally download a wide selection of their favorite SHOWTIME and AETN television shows online through CinemaNow. Download-to-own titles can be watched within one minute of downloading. SHOWTIME and AETN television shows will be priced at $1.99 per episode.
“SHOWTIME is always looking for creative new ways to bring our great original series to a larger audience,” said Robert Hayes, senior vice president and general manager, Showtime Networks Digital Media. “CinemaNow complements our premium television offering with anytime, anywhere access to our best content. With this partnership we’ll extend our reach to an even broader online audience,” Hayes concluded.
”As a content provider, we are always looking for ways to promote our programs and networks to both current and new viewers,” said Steve Ronson, Executive Vice President, Enterprises, AETN. “The CinemaNow download to own service allows us to do just that, and we are pleased to be a part of its growing line-up.”
SHOWTIME and AETN’s list of television titles joins an ever-growing lineup from CinemaNow. All content will be copy protected by Microsoft’s Windows Digital Rights Management (DRM) software.
“We are thrilled to make the high quality SHOWTIME and AETN content available on CinemaNow,” said Bruce Eisen, President of CinemaNow. “These two networks join our ever increasing roster of world class content providers and demonstrate the commitment that CinemaNow has made to bring the best in television content to our audience.”
CinemaNow, Inc. (www.cinemanow.com) is the leading Internet provider of premium on-demand movies and video content. CinemaNow legally offers downloads of more than 4,000 feature-length films, shorts, music concerts and television programs from more than 250 licensors including 20th Century Fox, ABC News, Disney, HDNet, Lionsgate, MGM, Miramax, NBC Universal, Paramount Pictures, Sony, Sundance Channel and Warner Bros. Founded in 1999, CinemaNow counts EchoStar, Index Holdings, Menlo Ventures, Transcosmos, Microsoft, Lionsgate, Cisco Systems and Blockbuster as investors.
A&E Television Networks, a joint venture of The Hearst Corporation, ABC, Inc. and NBC, is an award-winning, international media company offering consumers a diverse communications environment ranging from television programming, to home videos/DVDs and music CDs, to Web sites, as well as supporting nationwide educational initiatives. AETN is comprised of A&E® Network, The History Channel®, The Biography Channel®, History International®, The Military History Channel™, The History Channel en español™, Crime & Investigation Network™, A&E HD™, AETN International and AETN Consumer Products. The A&E web site is located at www.AETV.com, the Biography web site is located at www.Biography.com and The History Channel web site is located at www.History.com.
About Showtime Networks Inc.
Showtime Networks Inc. (SNI), a wholly-owned subsidiary of CBS Corporation, owns and operates the premium television networks SHOWTIME®, THE MOVIE CHANNEL™ and FLIX®, as well as the multiplex channels SHOWTIME® TOO™, SHOWTIME® SHOWCASE, SHOWTIME EXTREME®, SHOWTIME BEYOND®, SHOWTIME NEXT®, SHOWTIME WOMEN®, SHOWTIME FAMILYZONE® and TMC XTRA. SNI also offers SHOWTIME HD®, THE MOVIE CHANNEL HD™, SHOWTIME ON DEMAND™ and THE MOVIE CHANNEL ON DEMAND™. All SNI feeds provide enhanced sound using Dolby Digital 5.1. SNI is also an owner and manager of SUNDANCE CHANNEL, a venture of NBC Universal, Robert Redford and SNI. SNI also manages Smithsonian Networks, a joint venture between SNI and the Smithsonian Institution. SNI markets and distributes sports and entertainment events for exhibition to subscribers on a pay-per-view basis through SHOWTIME® PPV.