Starz goes digital with anime

Liberty offspring distributes to XBox, Amazon

Liberty Media’s Starz Media has inked a deal to digitally distrib its library of anime movies and TV shows on Microsoft’s Xbox Live Marketplace and Amazon.com’s Unbox.

Company’s anime fare like “Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex,” “Street Fighter,” “Astro Boy,” “Virus,” “Noein” and “Tokko” will appear on Xbox Live’s anime channel. Xbox Live has more than 7 million users.

Meanwhile those titles from Manga Entertainment along with pics “The Evil Dead” and “The Hills Have Eyes,” the “Masters of Horror” series, “Hellboy Animated: Sword of Storms” and TV series like “Tripping the Rift” will appear on Unbox, for download on PCs or TiVo digital video recorders.

Deals follow Starz’s recent distribution pacts with Azureus’ Vuze service, BitTorrent, Guba, IGN’s Direct2Drive, Netflix and Starz’s own Vongo.

“This continues our strategy of reaching consumers with our content whenever and wherever they want to watch it,” said Mara Winokur, VP of digital media and business development, Starz Media.

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