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MGM in VOD Teuton deal

T-Online inks duo to supply pics for download

COLOGNE — MGM and Germany’s Constantin Film have pacted with Teutonic Internet provider T-Online to supply movies for its video-on-demand services.

T-Online said Monday that it will have access to MGM’s 4,000-title library, ranging from “West Side Story” via “Fargo” to “Die Another Day,” plus future productions. T-Online signed similar deals with DreamWorks and Universal in August.

“We are pleased to partner with T-Online, Germany’s largest Internet service provider,” said Jim Griffiths, prexy of MGM’s distrib unit. “This groundbreaking delivery platform gives German consumers a new way to watch their favorite MGM movies.”

Constantin will provide 12 movies, including domestic hit “Manitou’s Shoe.” Although this deal is smaller in volume, it is likely expand as Constantin was distributor or producer for half of the 50 top box office attractions of the past 10 years in Germany.

T-Online, one of Europe’s largest Internet providers with about 12.7 million customers, will launch its video-on-demand service by the end of the year, provided through a set-top box named Activity, manufactured by Fujitsu-Siemens.

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