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Hollywood execs praise iTunes at CES

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By Charles Starrett

Contributing Editor
Published: Wednesday, January 9, 2008
News Categories: iTunes

During a panel discussion held this week at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, several executives from the leading movie studios praised Apple’s iTunes Store for creating a viable digital market for their films. Thomas Gewecke, president of Warner Bros. Digital Distribution, said that Apple is a great partner, adding that they helped create an important, and competitive download-to-own marketplace for films. Albert Cheng, executive vice president of digital media for Disney/ABC TV group, followed Gewecke’s commments by stating that Apple should be rewarded for its efforts in creating the iTunes ecosystem of content distribution, adding that Apple is “the best partner we have to legitimize product and make it available.” Finally, Tom Lesinski, president of Paramount Pictures Digital Entertainment, said that iTunes is proving to be an excellent place to offer his studio’s catalog films, while pointing out that Paramount is actually garnering higher prices for back catalog releases on iTunes than for physical copies of the same films.

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1

If it’s so great, why has Hollywood released so few films for sale through iTunes?  The selection of films available is really paltry.

Posted by dodo on January 9, 2008 at 2:43 PM (PDT)

2

Yeah, that’s so great that iTunes makes it possible for Paramount to garner a higher price. I’m still trying to figure out how that benefits me as a consumer.

Posted by urbanslaughter on January 9, 2008 at 3:30 PM (PDT)

3

Ooops, stupid me. Amazing what a little careful reading will do for you.

Posted by urbanslaughter on January 9, 2008 at 3:31 PM (PDT)

4

The studios are happy now because they have what they want from Apple, which will be announced at the macworld expo.
Probably $17.00 movie downloads to own.

Posted by bizarro ballmer on January 9, 2008 at 4:48 PM (PDT)

5

“pointing out that Paramount is actually garnering higher prices for back catalog releases on iTunes than for physical copies of the same films”

= Thanks, Suckers!

Posted by superape on January 9, 2008 at 7:13 PM (PDT)

6

heres what I say to Paramount…

Netflix and Handbrake and I have your movie on my iPod for as little as $6 month.

Posted by hydra-calm on January 10, 2008 at 6:33 AM (PDT)

7

You know, come to think of it, I really dislike iTunes. I think it’s slow and buggy and it’s flaws become more apparent the larger your library becomes.

To each his own I suppose….

Posted by ahMEmon on January 10, 2008 at 8:22 AM (PDT)

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