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Marking a deal that adds yet another element of legitimacy to the budding Internet-based video-on-demand sector, CinemaNow Inc. said it has scored a distribution deal with Twentieth Century Fox Film Corp.

CinemaNow said the deal will enable it to offer downloadable titles from the Fox films library. Like other content distributed via the site, CinemaNow will employ its proprietary PatchBay system to handle digital rights protection and pay-per-view services.

CinemaNow will offer Fox's new release titles in existing pay-per-view windows. First-run titles slated for download via CinemaNow include "Daredevil," "One Hour Photo," and "The Banger Sisters," among others.

New Fox titles will go for $3.99 for 24 hours of unlimited viewing. Older Fox films will be priced at $2.99.

The studio deal is expected to put CinemaNow on better competitive footing with Movielink, a similar service backed by five movie studios — Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios, Paramount Pictures, Sony Pictures Entertainment, Universal Studios and Warner Bros.

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