PS3 owners will soon be able to watch digital versions of new release HD movies via their gaming consoles. Sony has signed an agreement with 20th Century Fox, Walt Disney Pictures, Paramount Pictures, Sony Pictures Entertainment, Universal Pictures, and Warner Bros. Digital Distribution to provide high definition (HD) movies for purchase and rental on the PlayStation Network video delivery service in the US.
"Securing high definition content from these studios is another significant milestone further validating PlayStation Network as a complete entertainment network in the home. PlayStation Network is the first and only service to deliver high definition home entertainment from all six major studios, directly to consumers for download," said Peter Dille, senior vice president, marketing and PlayStation Network, SCEA.
The PS3 system enables consumers to play games in HD, listen to music, view photos, browse the Internet and its built-in Blu-ray player gives owners HD movie content, too, via Blu-ray discs. This latest announcement means consumers can skip the process of visiting a “bricks and mortar” shop to purchase latest release movies from the major studios.
New titles available from today on PlayStation Network include: 20th Century Fox – Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian, Jennifer's Body and Fantastic Mr Fox (on March 23); Walt Disney Pictures – Disney Pixar's Up, Jerry Bruckheimer's G-Force and Disney's Earth; Paramount Pictures – Star Trek, Paranormal Activity and Zoolander; Sony Pictures – This Is It, 2012, District 9 and Zombieland; Universal – Inglourious Basterds, Couples Retreat and Public Enemies; Warner Bros. Digital Distribution - The Hangover, Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince and The Wizard of Oz.
To begin with, content will be available in the US only, but Sony says it has plans to launch soon in the UK, France, Germany, and Spain.