Tiscali launches on-demand movie service

Broadband provider Tiscali, is to launch 'Movies Now', an online video on demand download service, in partnership with Arts Alliance Media, a provider of digital film distribution services. The online service will feature over 500 films and specialist entertainment programmes available to anyone who visits the Tiscali website. Users can choose to rent or download to own, from 99p. The online 'Movies Now' library includes films such as 'The Bourne Identity', '8 Mile', and 'Bridget Jones' Diary'. The library also contains sports events such as The British Open Golf and natural history programmes from National Geographic. Alex Hole, online media director at Tiscali UK, said: "We are living in an on-demand society and there is a real consumer hunger for on-demand media and entertainment. Tiscali has been offering films on-demand for some time, but we are now pleased to offer a comprehensive top quality catalogue that includes new and classic blockbusters." Download rentals have a seven-day window for viewing once the download is completed. Once playback is started, the viewer can watch the film or programme as many times as they like, within a 24 or 48 hour playback window, on their laptop, PC or TV. Prices start from only 99p, with the latest blockbuster films in the catalogue available for rent at high quality for £2.99 or at super high quality for £3.49. Mark Livingstone, president of Arts Alliance Media, said: "We are very pleased to be powering the new online Tiscali 'Movies Now' service. The Tiscali portal has unparalleled reach and the new service will bring the benefits and freedom of on-demand movies to an even greater number of people." Access to all 500 titles can now be found on Tiscali's microsite.

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