Sony Pictures Home Entertainment and Guba Partner for Online Movie Distribution Deal

Jul 14, 2006


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Sony Pictures Home Entertainment and GUBA, an online multimedia entertainment site, have announced the immediate availability of more than 100 feature-length movies from Sony Pictures on the GUBA Premium online video service.

The launch makes GUBA the first video sharing community to distribute Sony Pictures movies online. Among the diverse slate of more than 100 titles that will be available for digital downloading at GUBA.com are Spider-Man 2, Underworld: Evolution, Memoirs of a Geisha, Hitch and the classic Bridge on the River Kwai. SPHE will steadily increase the number of films available for Internet sales over the coming months, with an expected 500 films, including day and date releases, being offered to consumers within a year.

GUBA users can purchase films as of today on a download-to-own basis. New releases are priced at $19.99 and catalog titles will retail from $9.99. All video content can be downloaded and played on compatible home computers. Some titles will also be available for rental on a Video-on-Demand (VOD) basis.

GUBA's service uses Digital Rights Management (DRM) copyright protection software developed by Microsoft. Only devices with current Windows Media technology can play Sony's content. This includes most Windows PCs. The Sony Pictures Home Entertainment content is only available to users in the US due to international copyright ownership restrictions Purchased videos are owned in perpetuity but cannot be burned to DVD due to current restrictions of the DRM software.

(www.guba.com; www.sonypictrures.com)