AOL to offer downloadable movies
AOL, currently in transition from its traditional image as a moms and pops ISP to an Internet content portal has signed a deal with a number of the major studios to offer downloadable films through the AOL Video portal.
The movie majors who have signed up with the Home Entertainment Group are 20th Century Fox, Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, Universal Pictures, and – no surprise – Warner Bros. After purchase – prices range from $9.99 to $19.99 per movie – the service allows the customer to play video online or offline right on your PC. It is also possible to sync the video to a portable Windows Media compatible player that support the Microsoft DRM software.
AOL has also announced that in the coming months it is to expand its relations with Fox to include TV content ranging from current hit shows like 24 through to Classics like Hill Street Blues and Buffy the Vampire Slayer.
These new partnerships follow the more than 17 video content partnerships and more than 45 on-demand channels that AOL Video announced in July. AOL Video currently hosts a number of ad heavy clips of TV channels from the Warner stable along with celebrity interviews and kids vids. There is also a nod to the YouTube generation with the ability to upload your own videos to the service.