In a race to be the first, Sony takes takes the gold in getting all six major studios to deliver HD movies exclusively on the PlayStation Network.
Besides its own Sony Pictures, the company's deal will allow buying and renting HD movies on the PlayStation 3 from Disney, Fox, Paramount, Universal and Warner.
"Securing high definition content from these studios is another significant milestone further validating PlayStation Network as a complete entertainment network in the home and is the first and only service to deliver high definition home entertainment from all six major studios, directly to consumers for download,"
Some of the new titles include:
Those are only available in the US at the moment, but Sony says it plans to also roll them out to the U.K., France, Germany, and Spain "soon."
- 20th Century Fox: "Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian", "Jennifer's Body" and "Fantastic Mr. Fox" (on March 23)
- Walt Disney Pictures: Disney Pixar's "Up", Jerry Bruckheimer's "G-Force" and Disney's "Earth"
- Paramount Pictures: "Star Trek", "Paranormal Activity" and "Zoolander"
- Sony Pictures: "This Is It", "2012", "District 9" and "Zombieland"
- Universal: "Inglourious Basterds", "Couples Retreat" and "Public Enemies"
- Warner Bros. Digital Distribution: "The Hangover", "Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince" and "The Wizard of Oz"
Studios have been somewhat hesitant to openly embrace HD movie rentals and sales as they potentially cut into Blu-ray sales, which they still expect will take over from DVD in the near future.