U.K. digital download service Wippit will offer rare footage documenting the rise of the Beatles as part a new deal forged with archive specialist ITN Source.

U.K. digital download service Wippit will offer rare footage documenting the rise of the Beatles as part a new deal forged with archive specialist ITN Source. Through the international agreement, content from the British Path, Reuters and ITN collections will be offered through Wippit for the first time since it originally aired.

A range of Beatles interviews and news stories are covered, including an interview with guitarist George Harrison on his 21st birthday, the band meeting Queen Elizabeth, and interviews with the group on the set of the feature film "Help!"

Among the other footage is Paul McCartney's admission to taking LSD, Harrison's arrest on drug charges and the backlash to Lennon's controversial comment to the Evening Standard newspaper that the band was "more popular than Jesus."

Wippit will offer the video downloads to all territories except North America. Details of the arrangement will bring closure to a wave of press speculation which erupted after the online music store on Monday unwittingly revealed on its Web site just the headline of its press announcement, which proclaimed "The Beatles available for download on Wippit."

Sections of the British media jumped at the headline as a sign that Wippit may have scored the digital music business' "Holy Grail" -- a legitimate agreement to offer the Beatles catalog digitally.