20th Century Fox Movies Next To iTunes?
I just got around to listening to the third-quarter earnings call from Rupert Murdoch's News Corp that came out on Wednesday. What can I say? I've spent the whole week chronicling the demise of my industry. I'm backlogged on my earnings Webcasts.
At any rate, NewsCorp president Peter Chernin dropped an interesting little bomblet about his movie studio -- 20th Century Fox -- and Apple's new movie-download service. So far, iTunes only has movies for sale from Disney studios, probably because Apple's Steve Jobs sits on the Disney board.
An analyst asked Chernin if or when 20th Century Fox would start selling its movies on iTunes. Here's what Chernin said:
"We are in talks with them on the movie side. We certainly have things to consider. We have to consider our economics, content-protection issues, the competitive issues with other platforms, and we're working through it. We continue to have positive talks...there are some details to be worked out."
To my ear, that's the clearest launch-ready statement I've heard from any of the non-Disney studios as to when they're going to join the iTunes service. Some 20th Century Fox movies include "Borat," "Bend It Like Beckham," "Ice Age" and "Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World."
Might 20th Century Fox sign up in time for the holiday season? That's an annual boom time for iPod sales, and Apple surely would love to expand its film library to spur more iPod gifting.
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