Universal Pictures Iberia is partnering with Telefonicade Espana to launch the first legal download-to-own filmservice in Spain.

The service, which launches today on Telefonica'snew Pixbox portal, will use Avartopeer-to-peer technology.

The model will provide users with access to two digital files, one for aPC or laptop and one for a portable device.

The initial selectoin of films will be 30 Universal features, including King Kong, Brokeback Mountain, The40-Year-Old Virgin, Nanny McPhee andPride & Prejudice. Prices per movie are Euros 9-16. More selectionswill be added.

"Universal is very proud to lead the way byintroducing this new DTO service, in collaboration with a significant partnerlike Telefonica," said Edgar Adelmund,managing director of Universal Pictures Iberia. "Together, we are delighted tooffer consumers the option of downloading Universal's movies and other content legallyvia the internet for the first time ever in Spain."

Universal has already launched similar download-to-own offerings in the UK,Sweden and France."