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Wednesday, October 01, 2008

Wednesday News: D Cinema Deal ... RealNetworks Lawsuit ... New Video Annotation Site ... Netflix Adds Starz Movies

- More digital projection systems will show up in multi-plexes, now that several major studios have signed up to help finance them, according to Variety. (Good thing that Digital Cinema Implementation Partners, the group representing the three biggest theater chains, lined up $1 billion in financing for the gear earlier this year, before the credit markets locked up.) The deal will convert about 15,000 screens over the next three to four years, according to the Wall Street Journal.

- You shouldn't be able to buy a $30 software program from RealNetworks to help you rip DVDs, because that's bad. If you want a movie in digital form, you should instead wait until the studio decides to sell that movie in digital form. That's the upshot of a lawsuit filed yesterday against RealNetworks.

- is a cool new site with a terrible name that allows you to annotate your videos with text, links, and photos. Check out some of the annotations they've done of the first Presidential debate -- really neat stuff.

- Netflix will soon add about 2500 movies from Starz Entertainment to its Internet streaming service, reports the Journal. This is a big deal, giving Netflix lots of recent titles. Nick Wingfield writes:

    Under the deal, which is expected to be announced Wednesday, Starz will grant Netflix rights to show movies on its Internet service from the Hollywood studios owned by two big entertainment companies, Disney and Sony Corp. That includes everything from "Ratatouille" to "Superbad" to "No Country for Old Men." The first 1,000 of those videos are already available on the Netflix Web site with more titles appearing in the coming weeks.

    Starz holds online viewing rights to movies from those studios that are shown as part of a subscription service, in which a consumer pays a monthly fee to watch as many videos as they wish. The movies will be available online free to people who are members of one of Netflix's unlimited subscription plans, which start at $8.99 a month.

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