Santa Monica, CA — March 9, 2006 — Movielink, the leading broadband video-on-demand (VOD) download service, announced today that it has teamed up with Microsoft to offer premium Hollywood content to the Ultra-Mobile PC (UMPC) devices announced by Microsoft. Through the arrangement, Movielink will be the premier brand and provider of video content for the UMPC Program Launcher, enabling users the ability to easily download Movielink content directly to their UMPC device.
Available in April, UMPCs will operate on a full version of Windows XP and have full wireless connectivity and Internet browsing capabilities. By using the new UMPCs, movie fans will have the capability to search and download their favorite films directly to their portable device at their convenience.
“Since the Internet has proven to be ideally suited for portability and a significant amount of Movielink’s downloads are already for portable use in notebooks, we believe the new UMPC platform will be a catalyst for portable video consumption,” said Sean Besser, Director, Business Development, Movielink. “We’re excited to be part of this new platform, as we are committed to offering consumers as much flexibility as possible to legally access movie content anytime, anywhere, and on the device of their choice.”
“Movielink is an ideal content partner for UMPC devices, as it provides a large library of high-quality video content on demand,” said Bill Mitchell, vice president of the Mobile Platforms Division at Microsoft Corp. “UMPC users will benefit from the ability to download their favorite movies directly to their UMPC on demand, making it easier than ever before for them to be entertained wherever they go.”
Movielink is available to U.S. Internet users with broadband connections. Consumers can easily browse Movielink’s user-friendly site and view trailers of available titles without charge. Once customers are ready to rent a title, they register with Movielink and pay for their rental via credit card. Downloads range between $1.99 and $4.99. Movielink’s Movies in MinutesTM feature let’s customers begin watching titles within 2-10 minutes, or store them for up to 30 days and experience unlimited viewing for any 24 hour period. Customers can also use Movielink’s MultiPlay feature to re-rent titles for additional 24-hour viewing periods for up to 30 days after the initial rental.
Movielink (www.movielink.com) is an online movie download service offering U.S. broadband customers an extensive selection of recently released films and classic movies covering every genre, from action, comedy, drama, family and romance to sci-fi, horror and thrillers. The service is owned and operated by Movielink, LLC, a joint venture of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios, Paramount Pictures, Sony Pictures Entertainment, Universal Studios and Warner Bros. Movielink content offerings are drawn from the current releases and vast libraries of those studios as well as from those of Walt Disney Pictures, 20th Century Fox and leading independent studios.
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