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Fox Signs Up With Movielink

The video on demand bandwagon rolls on.
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Internet film download service Movielink has inked a distribution deal with

News Corp.'s

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20th Century Fox, the company said Monday.

The Santa Monica, Calif.-based online digital movie service now boasts pacts with all the major film studios. The company says the deal reaffirms that broadband is a viable distribution channel.

Movielink is a joint venture of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer,


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Paramount Pictures, Sony Pictures Entertainment,


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Universal Studios and

Time Warner's


Warner Bros. Studios. It also shows nonexclusive content from


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Walt Disney Studios, Miramax, Artisan and others.

"Our deal with Fox marks a very significant step forward for Movielink and the movie industry," said Movielink chief Jim Ramo, in a statement. "Broadband VOD is proving to be a viable distribution platform for delivering premium content, and we are pleased that Fox supports our vision of bringing consumers a wide selection of movies on demand."

The news comes as the big telcos and cable companies fight to entice consumers with the so-called triple threat of Internet, phone and TV service. Advanced digital services like video on demand are expected to play a huge role in radically reshaping the communications landscape.

Movielink will add both new and older Fox titles to its library of more than 1,200 movies.