updated 01:20 pm EDT, Wed July 19, 2006
New movie download service
CinemaNow is catering to consumers looking for download-to-own movies with the ability to burn the titles onto DVDs, which could compete with Apple's iTunes Music Store if the company launches a full-length feature film offering. The service currently excludes first-run films, providing roughly 100 older movies from Walt Disney, NBC Universal, EagleVision, Lionsgate, Sony, and the Sundance Channel, according to Forbes.com. Industry observers suspect that Apple may be working with movie studios to offer full-length feature films via its iTunes Music Store, adding to its current collection of short films and TV shows. Amazon in mid-July joined Microsoft as another company rumored to be working on a movie download service, and is said to be meeting with industry executives as well as major studios, according to another report.