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Movielink and BBC Worldwide Americas Expand Content Offering to Include Additional Documentaries and Literary Adaptations; Movielink to Unveil New BBC Branded Section on Service


SANTA MONICA, CA -- Feb. 14, 2005 -- Movielink (, the broadband video-on-demand (VOD) service offering movies for legitimate download, announced today that BBC Worldwide Americas will expand its content offering to include more documentaries and new literary adaptations of Shakespearean classics. As a result, Movielink has created a BBC branded section on its Web site, in which all of its BBC titles will be available for users to browse and download.

Titles from the BBC now available for download include documentary offerings such as, “Iraq: The Cameraman’s Story,” “From Bitter Earth: Artists of the Holocaust” and “The Mystery of the Taj Mahal.” Additionally, unabridged versions of Shakespearean classics that are available include “Hamlet,” “King Lear,” “Othello” and “Macbeth.” The addition of this content will further enhance Movielink’s library of titles available for download.

“We have a long-standing relationship with BBC Worldwide Americas and are pleased to provide the Movielink community of users an even deeper BBC selection of on-demand content,” said Jessica Algazi, Vice President of Content, Movielink. “The expansion of BBC titles to our catalog furthers our commitment to offer users a vast selection of titles spanning all genres.”

“We are committed to reaching new audiences through as many different distribution avenues as possible,” said Beth Clearfield, Vice President of Programming, BBC Worldwide Americas. “Expanding our partnership with Movielink will allow its users to enjoy even more of the BBC’s compelling and high quality entertainment.”

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 Minutes(TM) 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(TM) feature to re-rent titles for additional 24-hour viewing periods for up to 30 days after the initial rental.

About Movielink:

Movielink ( is the 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. Studios. Movielink content offerings are drawn from the current releases and vast libraries of those studios as well as from those of Walt Disney Pictures, Miramax, Artisan and others, on a non-exclusive basis.

About BBC Worldwide Americas:

BBC Worldwide Americas (BBCWA) is a wholly owned subsidiary of BBC Worldwide, the commercial consumer arm of the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC). BBC Sales Company, a joint venture of BBC Worldwide Americas (BBCWA) and Discovery Communications, Inc. (DCI) licenses, co-produces and distributes television programs in the United States and Canada on behalf of the BBC and DCI.


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