BVITV, T-Com seal German VOD pact

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COLOGNE, Germany -- Buena Vista International Television has signed a multiyear VOD deal with German ISP group T-Com for distribution rights to films from BVITV parent the Walt Disney Co.

The deal includes top Disney titles "Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest," Disney/Pixar animation features "Cars" and "Toy Story" as well as older titles from Disney's back catalog.

T-Com will offer the films over its T-Online VOD service and its IP-TV offering T-Home.

The agreement, announced Wednesday at the CeBit computer trade fair in Hanover, makes T-Com the only VOD provider in Germany to have licensing deals with all of Hollywood's major studios.

"This successful cooperation with Disney once again underscores our leadership position among Europe's video-on-demand providers," said Timotheus Hoettges, the board member responsible for T-Com at company parent Deutsche Telekom. "We are particularly proud that we can now offer our customers productions of all the major American studios."

Carsten Fink, vp of German-speaking Europe, negotiated the agreement for BVITV along with Digital Media vp Damian Newton.

In a separate deal, in2movies, the German VOD portal co-owned by Warner Bros. and Bertelsmann, inked with Telefonica subsidiary 02. That deal will see O2 offer VOD titles from in2movies' catalog on its German site, www.o2online.de
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