Liberty Cable Unit Sues Disney over Movie Downloads

26 March 2007

ENGLEWOOD, Colorado: One of America's biggest cable TV networks, Starz Entertainment, is suing the Walt Disney Company to prevent it from selling its movies via download services such as iTunes during the same period that Starz has the right to show them.

The Liberty Media unit acknowledges that before and during an 18-month window when it licenses Disney movies to run on its channels, the Mouse House has the right to sell DVDs or offer the films online for one-time use or for short periods.

But it claims that download sales violate contracts making Starz the exclusive cable outlet for many movies made by Disney and its various film units.

Disney counters the claim and believes Starz misread the agreement. The former insists it is allowed to sell its movies "in a wide range of mediums".

Data sourced from Financial Times; additional content by WARC staff