SEATTLE, Nov 17, 2011 (BUSINESS WIRE) --
Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ: AMZN): Warner Bros. has signed a major film
distribution agreement with LOVEFiLM it was announced today by Josh
Berger, President & Managing Director, Warner Bros. UK, Ireland & Spain,
and Simon Calver, Chief Executive, LOVEFiLM.
The multi-year, multi-layered pact offers consumers wider choice and
more access to Warner Bros. content across a range of options. The deal
spans LOVEFiLM's digital subscription, download to own and pay per view
services, as well as Warner Bros.' branded SVOD service WarnerFilms.
An exclusive second window subscription pay TV deal will see Warner
Bros.' recent and forthcoming film releases added to LOVEFiLM's Watch
Online service through the LOVEFiLM Player, either on the PC or
accessible via Sony PlayStation(R)3, Apple iPad, a growing number of
web-enabled TV sets and Blu-ray players, and later this year Microsoft
Movies exclusively available at the start of the deal in December will
include The Dark Knight, The Hangover, Gran Torino and
Sex and the City 2. And, in the coming months and years, LOVEFiLM
customers, who subscribe to streaming as part of their package, will be
able to instantly watch a regular flow of Warner Bros.' recent movies.
Underscoring both companies' commitment to giving customers a
broad-ranging set of options to watch Warner Bros.' content, the deal
continues to make the studio's film releases available for purchase or
rent digitally; via LOVEFiLM's market-leading DVD and Blu-ray
subscription rental service, through which DVDs and Blu-rays will be
available by post 60 days after retail release, from 2012; and via
Warner Bros.' branded SVOD channel, WarnerFilms. Scheduled by Warner
Bros. and offering a great selection of recent and classic movies from
Warner Bros.' portfolio of titles, WarnerFilms provides 24 hours a day
on-demand access to 28 movies at any one time with seven new titles
added every week.
Commenting on the agreement, Josh Berger, President and Managing
Director, Warner Bros. UK, Ireland and Spain, said, "This significant
deal with LOVEFiLM and its parent company Amazon takes a 360 degree
approach to delivering Warner Bros.' world-class movies across multiple
business lines. Now, LOVEFiLM customers will enjoy more ways of enjoying
great film content, all with the ease that the service has become known
Jeffrey R. Schlesinger, President, Warner Bros. International Television
Distribution, added: "The establishment of a second pay window with
LOVEFiLM is an important evolution in the way films are made available
for viewing in the UK in ever-more convenient ways. Importantly, the
structure of the deal ensures that our films continue to retain their
value to linear and non linear operators following this window and for
the long term."
Simon Calver, CEO of LOVEFiLM, added: "This major deal builds on our
partnership with Warner Bros. and gives LOVEFiLM members exclusive
access to world-class movies across multiple platforms. We are committed
to delivering the best entertainment service possible - giving our
members the content they want on the platforms of their choice."
For further information please contact the LOVEFiLM press office at
Mischief PR on 020 3128 6600 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Notes to editors
In a little over seven years, LOVEFiLM has become a leading European
film subscription service, combining the benefits of DVD rental by
post and, more recently, watching movies online via the LOVEFiLM
Player (on the PC, PlayStation(R)3, iPad(R) and
other in-home connected living room devices). Customers choose from a
selection of over 70,000 titles available across Blu-ray, DVDs, video
games and digital streaming. LOVEFiLM currently has 1.8 million
members and operates in the UK, Germany, Sweden, Denmark, and Norway.
In February 2011 LOVEFiLM was acquired by Amazon EU SARL.
LOVEFiLM has been a pioneer in digitalfilm delivery in the UK
since launching the first download to own movie in April 2006. The
LOVEFiLM Player launched in March 2010 and offers thousands of digital
titles available for members to watch on their PC, PlayStation(R)3,
iPad(R) and other in-home connected living room devices. For
those on an Unlimited or capped package the service comes at no extra
cost. Premium titles are available to everyone on a pay-per-view
basis, and a number of titles are available to all site visitors for
free with advertising support.
The LOVEFiLM Player is available on over 175 Internet-enabled devices
- including Sony, Samsung, PS3(TM) and the iPad(R) - streaming
movies instantly to subscribers over the internet.
LOVEFiLM customers have generated 80 million film ratings and written
843,000 member reviews - information which helps LOVEFiLM to promote
the most relevant titles for its customers to choose from.
LOVEFiLM offers a range of rental options in each market with free
postage and no late fees. In the UK these include £4.99 a month
allowing members to have one DVD at a time (limit of two per month.
Does not include online viewing), £5.99 a month for one DVD at a time
(limit of three per month plus 2 hours online viewing), £8.16 for two
DVDs at a time (limit of four per month plus 4 hours online viewing),
£9.99 a month for two DVDs out at a time (Unlimited DVDs by post and
unlimited online viewing) and £13.27 for three DVDs at a time
(Unlimited DVDs by post and unlimited online viewing). Members on an
Unlimited package have access to the LOVEFiLM Player at no extra cost.
LOVEFiLM also offers a range of video games rental options in the UK
market to support gaming across Xbox 360, Xbox, PS3(TM), PS2, Wii and DS.
These include £5.99 a month for one disc at a time (limit of two per
month. Does not include online viewing), £11.22 a month for two discs
at a time (Unlimited discs by post and unlimited online viewing) and
£14.99 a month for three discs at a time (Unlimited discs by post and
unlimited online viewing), all with free postage and no late fees.
This announcement contains forward-looking statements within the meaning
of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 and Section 21E of the
Securities Exchange Act of 1934. Actual results may differ significantly
from management's expectations. These forward-looking statements involve
risks and uncertainties that include, among others, risks related to
competition, management of growth, new products, services and
technologies, potential fluctuations in operating results, international
expansion, outcomes of legal proceedings and claims, fulfillment center
optimization, seasonality, commercial agreements, acquisitions and
strategic transactions, foreign exchange rates, system interruption,
inventory, government regulation and taxation, payments and fraud. More
information about factors that potentially could affect Amazon.com's
financial results is included in Amazon.com's
filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including its most
recent Annual Report on Form 10-K and subsequent filings.
SOURCE: Amazon.com, Inc.
Press Office, 020 3128 6600