CinemaNow, Inc. (www.cinemanow.com) is the leading Internet provider of premium on-demand and download and burn movies and video content. CinemaNow legally offers downloads of more than 4,000 feature-length films, television programs and music concerts from more than 250 licensors including 20th Century Fox, ABC News, Disney, HDNet, Lionsgate, MGM, Miramax, NBC Universal, Paramount Pictures, Sony, Sundance Channel and Warner Bros. Founded in 1999, CinemaNow counts EchoStar, Index Holdings, Menlo Ventures, Transcosmos, Microsoft, Lionsgate, Cisco Systems and Blockbuster as investors.
CinemaNow distributes video content to consumers via its Web site, http://www.cinemanow.com, the leading destination for the authorized distribution of feature films and video on the Internet.
Hollywood movies and popular TV shows are available on a download-to-own basis (also know as electronic sell-through), providing an unlimited viewing period on up to 3 devices. CinemaNow also makes movies available on a pay-per-view basis providing customers a 24 hour window to watch the video. As with all CinemaNow downloads, customers can start watching the video in as little as 30 seconds or they can download the file and watch it anytime, anywhere on their PC or laptop.
CinemaNow’s most recent and much acclaimed service offering, Burn to DVD, represents a landmark in digital distribution and a true innovation in home entertainment. This revolutionary new service enables consumers to legally download a complete DVD, play it back on PC and burn one copy of the file to a blank DVD disc. The disc can then be played in virtually any DVD player with full remote control navigation and access to all of the special features.
CinemaNow also offers a large library of independent movies, classic TV shows, documentaries and other videos on a free (ad-supported) streaming basis. This content can be viewed in CinemaNow’s cutting-edge video player which allows customers to save their favorite scenes and easily access their favorite movies. Customers can also upgrade to a Platinum Membership which enables commercial-free viewing and video downloading.
Since its launch in 1999, CinemaNow has been at the technological forefront of digital video distribution. CinemaNow has engineered PatchBay™, a proprietary content-on-demand distribution and digital rights management system that powers the CinemaNow Web site and its associated web sites. Over the years CinemaNow has been first in several historic Internet milestones including the first web site to offer major studio content on a pay-per-view basis in February of 2002, first download-to-own service for feature films in January of 2004 and first broadband distributor of high-definition video on demand movies in October 2004.
In keeping with its tradition of innovation, CinemaNow further distinguished itself in July 2006 with the launch of Burn to DVD, utilizing a new video compression technology allowing extended DVD format and functionality paired with a one-of-a-kind content distribution platform enabling consumers legal, secure download and burn to DVD.