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Twentieth Century Makes Movies Available For Windows Media Player

The multiyear deal with sister company Fox Interactive Media will kick off in October on the Direct2Drive site.
Twentieth Century Fox on Monday said it has signed a multi-year agreement to offer download-to-own movies and TV shows over Fox Interactive Media Web sites, and to make the content playable over PCs and portable devices that support Microsoft Windows Media platform.

The films, which include "X-Men The Last Stand" and "The Omen;" and TV shows, such as episodes from "24" and "Prison Break," would be offered first on the Direct2Drive site in October, with additional Web sites, including MySpace.com, offering the content later. Twentieth Century and FIM are owned by News Corp.

FIM, which claims to have more than 75 million users, said Direct2Drive would promote Twentieth Century content throughout the network of its parent company IGN Entertainment, which is a part of FIM. IGN sites include Rotten Tomatoes and Film Force.

Movies and TV shows downloaded from Direct2Drive can be played on up to two PCs and one portable device per PC. Each new feature film is expected to cost $20, with TV episodes selling for $2 each. The films and video can be played on devices supporting the Microsoft Windows Media platform.

Apple Computer offers Twentieth Century content through its iTunes store. The films and video can be played on Apple's popular iPod player, which accounts for more than two thirds of the market for portable media players.