“Continuing Hollywood’s dance with Bay Area tech companies, Warner Bros. announced Monday a partnership with online video site Guba.com to distribute new and vintage movies and TV shows,” John Boudreau reports for The San Jose Mercury News.
“The deal is the result of a yearlong courtship started by Guba’s co-founder, 33-year-old Tom McInerney, who expects other studio agreements in coming months. People will be able to rent or buy video downloads on Guba, marking the first time a Web site not affiliated with a Hollywood company can offer both movies and TV shows, from new film releases such as ‘Syriana’ and ‘Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire,’ to TV shows, such as ‘Babylon 5’ and ‘The Flintstones,'” Boudreau reports.
“The San Francisco company hopes to grow its catalog of titles every month. Television episodes will be sold starting at $1.79 per episode. Movie rental prices start at $1.99 and films released on the same date they are on DVD will sell for $19.99. Older films will be sold for $9.99,” Boudreau reports. “After initially hesitating, Hollywood has rushed into the digital era and is gaining momentum. Analysts speculate Steve Jobs is working to line up a deal to add movies to Apple Computer’s successful and trend-setting online iTunes music and video store.”
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MacDailyNews Take: If and when Apple launches movies via iTunes with a “true” video iPod, all of these deals will be small potatoes. From various reports, it seems that the pricing mentioned above is close to the pricing with which Hollywood is trying to get Steve Jobs to agree.
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