Two legal movie downloadsites are being launched in
Mei Ah's service, M@TV, has accessto a library of more than 1,000 movies including acquisitions and a few hundredtitles produced by Mei Ah itself.
Downloads cost $0.6-$1.5 (HK$5-HK$12)with the price structure dependent on how many days they're valid for. Imagequality is between VCD and DVD and files are locked to prevent them beingburned onto CD or DVD or forwarded to other computer users.
The service is currently ontrial ahead of a full roll-out in mid-December at
Mei Ah intends to offernewer titles when the service launches officially next month, with films comingonline at the same time as their VCD and DVD release. In
Steve Law, director ofhongkongmovie.com, described the service as an experiment to test consumerreaction and acknowledged there are still legal and technical issues to beworked out.
"For the first batch oftitles, we have all rights for the internet," explained Law. "But for othertitles - where we've only licensed certain territories - we have to work outhow to block users in territories where we don't have rights."
So far, only one majordistributor, Intercontinental Group, is providing content for the Cyberportservice, iCinema at www.iResource.hk, whichlaunched on Nov 22. The company has made three
"The focus will be more onindependent movies or films that may not necessarily get a theatrical releasein