Starz Digital Media Strikes Deal with PlayStation Network



 

June 2, 2009

Starz
Digital Media Strikes Comprehensive Movie and Television Distribution Deal With
PlayStation Network’s Video Delivery Service

EST and VOD Offerings Launch
Today in U.S. with Hit Movies From Overture Films, Starz Originals, Other Video
Favorites

Starz Digital Media, an operating
division of Starz Media, and Sony Computer Entertainment America (SCEA)
announced today at the E3 Expo the launch of a wide collection of new movie and
video content on PlayStation®Network, which is accessible for download via
PLAYSTATION®3  and PSP® (PlayStation®Portable) systems in the United
States. The multi-faceted content distribution agreement widely expands the
depth and breadth of movie, television, and popular video content for both
electronic purchase and video-on-demand rentals for PlayStation® users.

Hit movies from Overture Films,
including Righteous Kill (Robert De Niro, Al Pacino), and Traitor (Don Cheadle)
will be available along with other films from Starz Media, including Anchor Bay
Entertainment’s Lower Learning (Eva Longoria Parker, Jason Biggs, Rob Corddry)
and the cult classic Phantasm. Manga Entertainment’s Dead Space: Downfall will
be available from Starz Media’s deep feature and animated film library. Each
movie will be typically offered for rental or purchase in standard definition
(SD) and an additional High Definition (HD) option will be offered when
available.

Starz Originals from the flagship
Starz premium pay TV channel ("Head Case" and "Martin Lawrence Presents 1st
Amendment Stand-up") will be available for electronic sell through (EST) in SD,
with more coming soon. Also included is television programming from Starz Media,
including "Painkiller Jane," "The Descendants of Darkness," and "Tripping the
Rift."

A wide selection of Starz Media’s
popular Manga Entertainment for anime lovers everywhere will also populate the
rental and purchase offerings, including movie and TV series from "Ghost in the
Shell," "Street Fighter," classic episodes from series such as "Robotech" and
new releases including "Gurren Lagann."

Marc DeBevoise, senior vice
president, digital media, business development and strategy for Starz Media and
lead executive for Starz Digital Media commented, "The PlayStation Network/Starz
Digital Media agreement announced today highlights the changing face of Starz
and its increasing ability and wherewithal to offer mainstream and niche,
targeted fare from various genres across multiple platforms and business
models."

"PlayStation users alike can now
enjoy an even wider range of popular long-form and short-form content for
purchase and rental," said Mara Winokur, Starz Media’s vice president, digital
media and business development. Winokur, who brokered the deal for Starz Digital
Media, noted, "We are delighted to enter into this agreement with this bold,
visionary company that is redefining the face of gaming and mobile platforms."

The Starz agreement expands the
PlayStation Network video delivery service now to nearly 1,900 movies and 9,400
TV episodes, many available in both SD and HD, making the PS3 system the
ultimate entertainment platform, and the PSP system a leader in portable
entertainment. Additionally, PlayStation Network offers movies in HD from all
major motion picture studios and gives PS3 users the largest selection of movies
on any gaming platform.

For more information about the
content available on PlayStation Network visit:

http://www.us.playstation.com

 


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