Peter Kafka on a new deal (extension) just signed by Twentieth Century Fox and HBO:
In real-world terms: Previous HBO contracts meant that Fox — or other studios — couldn’t sell or rent their movies electronically while HBO was running them for the first time. Now, Fox will have the ability sell its stuff — but not rent it — on iTunes, Amazon, etc., at the same time the titles show up on HBO.
Well that’s something, I guess. Now if only that window wasn’t completely shut the other way — meaning HBO content being sold on iTunes, Amazon, etc. It remains about a year. Which blows.