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Monday, March 13, 2006

`Downloads enter Hollywood's mainstream'

Here's my Entertainment 2.0 column from yesterday's Boston Globe.


The premise:


    The idea of digital delivery is starting to gain momentum, as studios make more of their movies available to Internet download services like CinemaNow, Movielink, and Vongo. Two other big players could jump in, too. AppleInsider.com, says the company may be considering adding movies to its iTunes Music Store, and last week Amazon.com was reported to be in talks with Universal, Paramount, and Warner Bros. about offering their movies on the site. Moviebeam, a start-up funded by Disney, Cisco Systems, and Intel, started selling a set-top box earlier this year that can store 100 new releases, and will soon support delivery of movies over the Net.

The piece starts with a visit to the set of "10 Items or Less," the Morgan Freeman movie that Clickstar and Intel will release later this year.