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Studios, MSOs talking early VOD window

Tue, 09/28/2010 - 8:40am
Brian Santo

Sony Pictures, Warner Bros. and Disney are said to be negotiating with Comcast, Cox Communications and Time Warner Cable to create a service that will bring films to cable shortly after they appear in first run at theaters.

The studios and the three MSOs – the three partners in the In Demand service – are discussing a price point of about $30, according to Bloomberg.

The notion of a premium-priced early cable window has been talked about for a while. This is one of the earliest indications that a deal might be imminent.

"There are a number of other products that we will be able to create through Internet-connected television, particularly when you consider our brand focus," Robert Iger, CEO of Disney, said at a Goldman Sachs Group conference on Sept. 21, as quoted by Bloomberg.

Theaters currently have an exclusive 120-day window for a typical film release. Theater owners are generally pushing back on the notion, insisting that any on-demand service, premium or otherwise, has to be during the traditional VOD window, which follows the DVD-release window, and thus lags the theatrical window by months.

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