DivX inks film distribution deal with Lionsgate & Paramount


MUMBAI: DivX, Inc has inked distribution deals with Lionsgate and Paramount Digital Entertainment, which will enable online retailers worldwide to offer the Hollywood studios’ films for secure download in DivX video format.

This agreement paves the way for consumers to have the freedom to watch movies on millions of DivX Certified devices that have shipped worldwide, including digital TVs, Blu-ray players, and a variety of mobile devices.

The multi-year agreement with Lionsgate covers the full digital catalog content, including both standard definition and high definition titles available in the Lionsgate digital library. DivX is working with online stores in the United States and Europe to make Lionsgate films available to consumers.

"In partnering with DivX, we are ensuring that our films are made available to video-on-demand sites in a secure, high-quality format. It’s important to us that Lionsgate fans enjoy the same cinematic viewing experience watching our movies at home or on the go as they do in the theater. The DivX format enables us to do that," said Lionsgate Digital Media president Curt Marvis.

"Adding Lionsgate films to our premium content offerings is a significant milestone for DivX. As our fourth format approval agreement with a major motion picture studio, this agreement demonstrates the traction we are gaining in making premium Hollywood content available to DivX consumers worldwide," said DivX, Inc CEO Kevin Hell.

On the other hand, the agreement with Paramount Digital Entertainment covers titles available for digital distribution from both Paramount Pictures’ library, as well as new releases. Movies available for download in the DivX format will include action films, hit comedies, some of the most successful franchises in film history and several Oscar winners from Paramount Pictures.

"PDE is committed to delivering premium digital content in formats that offer optimal quality, portability and security. The DivX platform provides distribution partners with a device ecosystem that allows for a seamless consumer experience," said Paramount Digital Entertainment executive vice president and general manager, worldwide digital distribution Alex Carloss.

"We are thrilled to add video content from Paramount Pictures’ extensive film library to the growing catalog of major studio content now available in the DivX format. By supporting all types of content, from premium Hollywood films and independent movies, to Internet and user-generated videos, we continue to fuel the growth of the DivX ecosystem," added Hell.