Disney to Start Selling Downloads to Own

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Internet-savvy Disney fans can now own the movies they download, but there's a hitch. The movies can't be played on a stand-alone DVD player.

The Walt Disney Company is selling its films online through the movie site CinemaNow-dot-com. The films will be available on the same day they're released on DVD.

Disney's deal with CinemaNow is its first foray into the download-to-own market. Before, consumers could only rent its films online.

Consumers will be able to watch their films on up to three portable devices. They can also make a backup DVD copy, but it will play only on a computer.

Other major studios announced a similar deal in April. Warner Brothers, Universal, Sony, Paramount, Twentieth Century Fox and MGM began selling some films on Movielink.