Major studios sign deals for movie burning

Warner Bros, Paramount Pictures, Sony Pictures and Lionsgate have begun offering the first movie downloads that can be burned to disc using virtually any DVD or Blu-ray Disc burner for playback on a range of devices.

The four studios are offering the downloads through online movie service Film Fresh, which made the first US movie delivery deal with popular video format DivX. DivX has its own built-in copy protection so films can only be played back on certified Divx devices that a consumer registers for their downloads. Film Fresh will allow consumers to make an unlimited number of copies of movies in the Divx format for playback on registered devices.

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