DirecTV to Bow ‘Pirate Radio’ One Month Prior to DVD Release11 Mar, 2010 By: Erik Gruenwedel
Satellite operator DirecTV March 11 said it would offer subscribers video-on-demand access to the movie Pirate Radio more than a month before the title’s April 13 release on DVD by Universal Studios Home Entertainment.
Written and directed by Richard Curtis, Pirate Radio tells the fictional story of a band of rogue radio DJs that captivates Britain in the 1960s, blasting rock and pop music from a boat off-shore in direct defiance of the government.
Not surprisingly, the movie, starring Philip Seymour Hoffman, Bill Nighy, Kenneth Branagh and Emma Thompson, generated the bulk (78%) of its $36 million box office abroad, where the film was released under its original name, The Boat That Rocked.
The movie will be available to DirecTV customers in high definition or standard-definition, priced from $4.99.