Disney signs VoD deal in Germany

MUMBAI: Disney's international TV distribution arm Buena Vista International Television (BVITV) has concluded a multi-year agreement with German video-on-demand (Vod) operator HanseNet.

The German firm will air a selection of upcoming, current and library movies from BVITV's portfolio on its new set top box VOD and TV service Alice homeTV.

With this agreement, Alice homeTV's customers will be able to enjoy a selection of current and upcoming features from Walt Disney Pictures, Touchstone Pictures and Miramax Films via the new set top box service.

Titles include The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe, its upcoming sequel The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian and Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest. The agreement also includes recent titles such as Flightplan and Cinderella Man. Subscribers will also be able to enjoy a selection of library features, and a selection of local German acquisitions such as Die Wilden Kerle 3.

The agreement also includes provisions for co-operation between BVITV and Alice against piracy of BVITV's content, while at the same time appropriately safeguarding the privacy of Alice's service subscribers and remaining consistent with local law. Under the agreement, Alice will forward notices to its internet subscribers allegedly engaged in the unauthourised distribution of BVITV's copyrighted works, without identifying the subscribers to BVITV.

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