Date: 21st November 2003

New films to be shown on web by 2005

Hollywood bosses say newly released films look set to be available on the internet by 2005.

The Motion Picture Association of America chief Jack Valenti has told the BBC issues of secure delivery via the world-wide web are almost resolved.

He said: "Films should go straight from the big screen to the internet well before rental release on DVD and video."

According to Mr Valenti, film industry insiders are currently working with a number of companies, including Microsoft and Hewlett-Packard to develop a secure system for delivering films to the internet.

"I really do believe that maybe by this time next year we'll be able to have the beginnings of some really sturdy, protective clothing to put about these movies," Mr Valenti said.

It is hoped by the industry that if people can legally watch films over the internet the need piracy will be taken away.

Source: Press Release