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Orange agrees MGM movie deal

Video-on-demand service set for UK

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Some online DVD rental services offer film downloads to rent

Mobile phone giant Orange has signed up another major Hollywood studio as it prepares to launch a video-on-demand service in the UK.

MGM has agreed to supply Orange’s ’24/24 Video’ service with the studio’s latest feature film releases and classic movies.

Under the deal, MGM’s films will be offered to Orange customers in Europe who subscribe to either the broadband digital television package or high speed internet package.

Although it is not yet available in this country, Orange says its video-on-demand service will reach the UK soon.

Video on demand

Subscribers to 24/24 Video can watch films on their TV or their PC and both Paramount and Fox have already signed up to supply films.

Orange says it will update the range of films on offer once a week from a catalogue of more than 3,000 movies in all genres.

Customers download the films, currently costing from 1 Euro (72p), on their PC or on special set-top boxes.

They can keep the films for up to 24 hours, and get unlimited viewing. They can also pause, fast forward and rewind the films.

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