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Oz shortens pay-per-view window

Foxtel to release pics at same time as homevid release

SYDNEY — Paybox Foxtel has struck a deal to shorten the Aussie pay-per-view window so it coincides with the homevid release.

The feevee company said new windows — negotiated with Hollywood studios including 20th Century Fox, Universal, Walt Disney, MGM, Paramount, Roadshow, Sony and Warner Bros. — would bow with Russell Brand starrer “Get Him to the Greek” on Nov. 3.

Universal will make all its November and December homevid releases available to Foxtel on the same day, and Warners will kick off with “Inception” on Dec. 8. A range of indie distribs are also involved in the new deal.

“We will now have blockbuster movies available to our subscribers the same day as DVD release,” said Foxtel’s Patrick Delany. “We are also working towards screening the first new release 3D video-on-demand movie for Foxtel subscribers early in the New Year.”

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