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    Disney.com Breaks New Ground Streaming Full-Length Movies

    Disney.com Breaks New Ground Streaming Full-Length Movies Online for the First Time Ever

    'Wonderful World of Disney' Films Will Hit the Web Following ABC Television Presentation

    NORTH HOLLYWOOD, Calif., Jun 10, 2008 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Disney.com announced today that for the first time ever the site will stream full-length movies online, featuring selections from the Wonderful World of Disney. The films will first air on ABC as part of the network's weekly Wonderful World of Disney presentation on Saturday nights throughout summer 2008. The full-length films will then be available for free streaming on Disney.com ( www.Disney.com/WonderfulWorld) for the week following the network presentation (Monday - Friday).

    "Streaming full-length films on Disney.com takes our commitment to delivering world-class online entertainment to the next level," stated Paul Yanover, executive vice president and managing director, Disney Online. "This is a wonderful partnership with ABC, and just another example of how Disney's unmatched, high-quality content can be leveraged on multiple platforms."

    Wonderful World of Disney television and online schedule:

    -- "Finding Nemo" - currently available online through June 13
    -- "Monsters Inc." - airs on ABC Saturday, June 14 at 8pm; available on Disney.com June 16-20
    -- "Haunted Mansion" - airs on ABC Saturday, June 28 at 8pm; available on Disney.com June 30-July 4
    -- "Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen" - airs on ABC Saturday, July 5 at 8pm; available on Disney.com July 7-11
    -- "Princess Diaries 2" - airs on ABC Saturday, July 12 at 8pm; available on Disney.com July 14-18
    -- "Freaky Friday" - airs on ABC Saturday, July 19 at 8pm; available on Disney.com July 21-25
    -- "Peter Pan" - airs on ABC Saturday, Aug. 2 at 8pm; available on Disney.com Aug. 4-8

    Additionally, Disney.com will stream the Disney Channel Original Movie "Camp Rock" on Monday, June 23, following its television premiere on June 20 and additional airings on ABC on June 21, and ABC Family on June 22. The Disney.com "Camp Rock" online event will include unique interactive content so fans can chat and play games while watching. Fans can also watch in a full screen experience featuring "Camp Rock" trivia and an interactive map of the camp. Visit www.Disney.com/CampRock.

    About Disney Online

    Disney Online ( www.disney.com), a division of the Walt Disney Internet Group, produces the number one kids' entertainment and family community destination on the World Wide Web. Launched in 1996, Disney.com is the online gateway to all of the company's Disney-branded entertainment initiatives, providing comprehensive access to, and information about Disney movies, travel, television, games, mobile, music, shopping and live events. Disney.com also features Disney XD, a highly interactive broadband experience, that lets Disney.com guests create their own customized online channel with games, videos, music, and chat - all of which can be enjoyed simultaneously in an immersive environment.
    In addition, Disney Online develops and publishes a range of online products and services including Pirates of the Caribbean Online, Disney's Toontown Online, Playhouse Disney Preschool Time Online, Disney Game Downloads, Disney Game Kingdom Online, Disney Connection and Hot Shot Business.

    The Walt Disney Internet Group is a unit of The Walt Disney Company.
    SOURCE: Disney Online/MarketWatch

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    Re: Disney.com Breaks New Ground Streaming Full-Length Movies

    I don't see how this is ground-breaking, anyone could do this if they wanted to.

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    Re: Disney.com Breaks New Ground Streaming Full-Length Movies

    Quote Originally Posted by stitchon View Post
    I don't see how this is ground-breaking, anyone could do this if they wanted to.
    Hey, come on, it's a press release. No one would read it if it said "Disney Streams Movies Online; It's Just OK."

    Actually, it is a big deal insofar as Disney has never made entire movies viewable on their website. Up until now, web streaming has been mostly limited to shows on ABC and Disney's cable networks.

    I was concerned that the version of "Finding Nemo" on Disney.com would be a compressed/edited version for "Wonderful World of Disney." It appears to be the entire original film.

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    Re: Disney.com Breaks New Ground Streaming Full-Length Movies

    Now if only they could stream their classic Wonderful World of Disney programs, that might actually be considered somewhat groundbreaking.

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    Re: Disney.com Breaks New Ground Streaming Full-Length Movies

    ^^ I think that will come eventually. Iger suggested as much during the most recent annual shareholder meeting.
    "I'm working on changing Hollywood...at the studio that fired me twice."
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    Re: Disney.com Breaks New Ground Streaming Full-Length Movies

    Quote Originally Posted by Doopey1 View Post
    ^^ I think that will come eventually. Iger suggested as much during the most recent annual shareholder meeting.
    OK, now if they do that, if they REALLY do that, then that will be something I'll gladly give Bob Iger kudos for.

    Hey, Bob, if you're out there reading this (never know, he might be!), please, please, PLEASE do whatever you can to channel the spirit of Walt Disney. Trust me when I say it'll make you a better CEO for the company.

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