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Monday, February 12, 2007, 06:00 am PT (09:00 am ET)

Lionsgate films now available on Apple's iTunes Store

Lionsgate, the leading independent filmed entertainment studio, and Apple on Monday announced that movies from Lionsgate film catalog are now available for purchase and download on the iTunes Store.

Lionsgate will add over 150 of its flicks to the store in the coming weeks, the two companies said, including titles such as "Terminator 2," "LA Story," "Basic Instinct," "The Blair Witch Project" and "Dirty Dancing."

"We’re delighted to offer these incredibly popular Lionsgate films on iTunes, and look forward to adding even more films in the future," said Steve Beeks, president of Lionsgate. "iTunes lets users download these wonderful films to watch on their computer, TV or iPod, so movie fans can take their favorite Lionsgate films with them anywhere."

Lionsgate’s renowned collection of movie titles available on iTunes will also include legendary action adventure films and thrillers such as "Total Recall" and "Rambo," indie classics such as "Monster’s Ball" as well as perennial favorites such as "Chaplin" and "The Boys From Brazil."

Apple said the iTunes Store features the world’s largest catalog with over four million songs, 350 television shows and, with the addition of Lionsgate, over 400 movies. To date, the store has sold over two billion songs, 50 million TV shows and over 1.3 million movies, making it the world’s most popular online music, TV and movie store.

Movies purchased and downloaded from the iTunes Store can be viewed on a computer, Apple TV or fifth generation iPod and most are priced at $9.99 (US) each. Movies downloaded from the iTunes Store are downloaded in near-DVD quality at a resolution of 640x480 (up to 480, depending on the aspect ratio).

Lionsgate is the leading independent filmed entertainment studio and a premier producer and distributor of motion pictures, television programming, home entertainment, family entertainment and video-on-demand content. Its prolific library includes more than 10,000 titles.