Once again, Sony comes forth and tries to impose its Blu-Ray technology. Now, to make things sweet, they are expanding their network.
Sony Pictures Home Entertainment (SPHE) President, David Bishop, today announced the company is expanding its distribution of Blu-ray Disc (BD) titles beyond the United States and Canada. The international rollout will begin this Fall to coincide with the first availability of Blu-ray hardware in territories including Europe, Japan, Australia and Korea.
“We stand behind the superiority of Blu-ray as the preeminent high-definition optical disc format and are committed to delivering a strong slate of Blu-ray titles to entertainment enthusiasts worldwide,” said Mr. Bishop.
SPHE’s first slate of BD titles is set to launch in October and includes a broad mix of new releases and catalogue titles including Hitch, The Exorcism of Emily Rose, RV, The Fifth Element, Hostel, A Knight’s Tale, S.W.A.T., Tears of the Sun, Underworld Evolution and Ultraviolet among others. SPHE will debut BD titles in countries including Australia, Japan, Korea, France, Germany, Italy, Belgium, Holland, the Nordic countries, Spain and the United Kingdom.
In United States and Canada, the first Blu-Ray movies were presented 2 months ago.
“With the explosive growth of high-definition displays in the international marketplace, the timely introduction of the Blu-ray Disc format will provide consumers with significant amounts of content, of unrivaled quality, to maximize the potential of their high-definition entertainment systems,” Mr. Bishop added.
Regarding pricing of international SPHE Blu-ray content, Adrian Alperovich, Senior Executive Vice President, International, said: “Pricing of Blu-ray titles will be commensurate in each country with pricing of DVD at launch.”
This means that you will have to make a phone call to see how much a Blu-Ray movies disc will cost in your country. In you live in Europe, you will pay probably the most.