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Universal woos BitTorrent and others for more movie downloads

June 7th, 2006 · No Comments

It was the first company to offer a major motion picture for legal download in the UK, but that was just the start of Universal’s digital ambitions. According to its home entertainment prez, Craig Kornblau, the company will aggressively develop digital movie downloads throughout 2006.
“We are talking to everyone about electronic distribution of movies,” he says. “, Google and Yahoo. We want our content out there everywhere.”
While the man in charge of Universal’s home video division admits digital delivery will affect his company’s packaged media business he’s confident most types of content can co-exist. “Ultimately, there will be movies you want in digital form only and others that you want in packaged media. It is really all about happy co-existence.”
Despite all the hype over digital downloads, Kornblau remains enthusiastic about high dfinition disc formats like HD DVD. “If you’ve ever seen a display of on a 1080p high-def TV set, it is absolutely spectacular,” he enthuses, “and you’ve got to have it. There are certain movies you just have to see in high-def, and then there are others where watching it on a small screen is just fine.”

Tags: HD DVD and Blu-ray · High definition TV · Internet and networking · Trade

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