Foxtel announced that it will now show newly released movies at the same time as its DVD counterpart. The company also plans to release 3D video-on-demand movies for Foxtel iQ2 subscribers early next year.Starting this week, selected titles on Foxtel’s pay-per-view movie service and its new broadband connected Foxtel On Demand Internet television service will be released within the DVD window time-frame.
The first movie title to arrive at the same time as its DVD release will be Get Him To The Greek from Universal Studios on November 3. The company also said that it has reached agreement with Warner Bros for same day as DVD rights to director Christopher Nolan’s Inception on December 8.
Agreement has also been reached with Disney for the blockbusters A Christmas Carol and The Sorcerer’s Apprentice, starring Nicolas Cage and produced by Jerry Bruckheimer, to be made available same day as DVD on November 24 and January 12 respectively.
Foxtel has pay-per-view deals with all major Hollywood studios – including Twentieth Century Fox, Universal Studios, The Walt Disney Company, MGM, Paramount, Roadshow Television, Sony and Warner Bros – along with a range of independent movie distributors.
Foxtel’s Executive Director of Product & Sales, Patrick Delany said, “The enhanced agreements with Hollywood studios further cement FOXTEL as the number one entertainment provider in Australia as we will now have blockbuster movies available to our subscribers the same day as DVD release. We are also working towards screening the first new release 3D video-on-demand movie for FOXTEL iQ2 subscribers early in the New Year.”
“FOXTEL delivers a world-class array of video-on-demand movie titles on par with any service in the subscription television industry combining broadcast and broadband delivery to our fleet of one million FOXTEL iQ set-top-units for broadcast delivery and over 850,000 Internet-enabled iQ and iQ2 set-top-units with both broadcast and broadband delivery.”