US video rental companies Movielink and CinemaNow have begin offering pay-to-own movie downloads from the Sony Pictures Home Entertainment and MGM catalogues. Tomorrow, they will offer the first Sony title to be made simultaneously available in both DVD and download formats.
The first dual-format release is Dirty, followed on 11th April by Fun with Dick and Jane. Today, around 75 titles go on sale as downloads, including Memoirs of a Geisha, Spider-Man 2, Taxi Driver, Barbershop and Hitch. More titles will be added on a regular basis.
The downloads are expected to be priced between $9.95 and $19.95 (£6-11.50) and will be encoded in Windows Media format with DRM copy-protected. The announcement comes two weeks after the UK’s first pay-to-own movie download service was unveiled by Lovefilm, which is also based on Windows Media technology.
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Via The Register