Disney to Stream Free Movies Online

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Two days after a leaked memo circulated stating that Disney plans to combine its online units comes a report that the company plans to stream full-length movies online on its Web site for the first time.

The Reuters article said that “Finding Nemo” is already available at www.Disney.com/WWoD through Friday, after the film’s airing Saturday on Disney-owned ABC. After that, “Monsters, Inc.,” “Haunted Mansion,” “Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen,” “Princess Diaries 2,” “Freaky Friday” and “Peter Pan” also will be available on the same site this summer.

A Disney spokesman said in the article that the decision to stream movies for free marks an evolution in the company’s online strategy. While other studios have made their offerings available online, Disney has stuck with the pay-per-movie route in Apple’s iTunes Store, which work on iPods and the iPhone.