Vongo to Offer Sell-Through Service

Vongo users who want to download to own Evil Dead and other select titles will be able to do so as part of the online-movie-rental service’s new electronic sell-through service set to launch later this year.

Vongo -- which currently allows subscribers to download for rent more than 1,000 movies for a monthly $9.99 fee -- will make available more than 250 titles for consumers to keep on their computers as part of a comprehensive multiyear content-licensing and distribution agreement between Vongo parent Starz Entertainment and Starz Media, company executives said.

A Starz spokesman would not specify a launch date or a price plan for its electronic sell-through service, which would compete with other broadband-based, download-to-own movie services like Apple’s iTunes. The spokesman also said Vongo will talk with studios in an effort to secure electronic sell-through rights for marquee Hollywood titles.

Along with classic horror film Evil Dead, other titles that are part of the deal include the first season of Showtime scare series Masters of Horror;anime titles Ghost in the Shell and Ninja Scroll;and The Last Vampire.

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