U.K. VOD service takes pics, skeins

LONDON — Disney U.K. and Ireland has inked a deal with video-on-demand company Blinkbox that will see a selection of the distrib’s titles become available on the service.

Pics such as “War Horse” and “The Muppets” will be available to buy or rent on Blinkbox the same day as they are released on DVD in the territory.

Library titles such as “Toy Story,” “Aladdin,” “Beauty and the Beast” and “Mary Poppins” will also be available for customers to purchase alongside TV dramas such as “Lost,” “Grey’s Anatomy” and “Brothers & Sisters,” produced by Disney’s TV production arm ABC Studios.

Blinkbox, which has content deals with Warner Bros., Paramount, Sony, Fox and Universal, offers free and paid-for downloads from a library of 10,000 film and TV titles.

The VOD outfit was set up by former Channel 4 and Vodafone execs in 2006 and bowed two years later.

Last year, Tesco, one of the world’s largest retailers, bought a majority stake in Blinkbox, acquiring 80% in the company for an undisclosed sum.

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