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Sony to Deliver Digital Copy Direct From Blu-ray Disc

28 Sep, 2009 By: Erik Gruenwedel

Sony Pictures Home Entertainment Sept. 28 said going forward it would incorporate directly on a Blu-ray Disc the digital copy of a new-release movie playable on the PlayStation Portable (PSP). The digital file can be transferred from the disc to a PSP using the Blu-ray drive in a PlayStation 3.

The PSP digital copy cannot be played on a PC or or other portable media device.

The new technology, which will bow with the Nov. 10 catalog release of Godzilla and the new release The Ugly Truth eliminates the need to include the PSP file on a separate DVD packaged with the Blu-ray Disc, which normally contain the digital copy files.

“This latest enhancement to Blu-ray and Digital Copy demonstrates the versatility of the format and its ability to deliver a multi-platform video experience,” said Rich Marty, VP of new business development at Sony Pictures Home Entertainment. “It also showcases the unique advantage that the PlayStation 3 brings to the Blu-ray consumer.”

The enhanced Digital Copy feature is the latest addition to SPHE’s portfolio of advanced Blu-ray value-added features, which also include BD Live, movieIQ (real-time movie information), social networking through cinechat, multiplayer games, an interactive video editing suite, as well as soundtrack playlists, e-Movie Cash, and exclusive features.

The Ugly Truth will also include, on a separate DVD, a digital copy playable on a PC.

That type of digital copy — first offered in 2008 on new releases from 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment — incorporates DRM software from Windows Media and Apple’s FairPlay making the file playable on a PC, Mac, iPhone and Apple TV.

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