Sony Brings the Red Carpet Home With Exclusive Premiere of Blockbuster Hancock to BRAVIA HDTV Sets
SAN DIEGO, Oct. 14 /PRNewswire/ -- Sony today announced that for a limited period, BRAVIA(R) Internet Video Link owners will have the opportunity to watch the Sony Pictures summer hit, Hancock, prior to retail DVD and Blu-ray Disc(TM) availability.
The movie, which can be rented for $9.99, will stream directly to BRAVIA televisions equipped with Sony's BRAVIA Internet Video Link for a 24-hour viewing period. This offer will be available to BRAVIA Internet Video Link owners beginning on October 28 and running through November 10.
As a bonus to consumers who purchase the rental stream and who register online, a free Blu-ray copy of Hancock will be mailed to consumers after the Hancock Blu-ray street date, November 25. This combo package is valued at nearly $70 ($29.99 for the stream and $39.95 for the Blu-ray Disc).
This marks the first time a top grossing theatrical movie will reach consumers' homes via an Internet-enabled platform prior to the packaged media release. Additionally, it demonstrates Sony's unique ability to combine its innovative hardware with content created by its own movie studio.
"Bringing Hancock directly to BRAVIA is something only Sony can do," said Randy Waynick, senior vice president for marketing in Sony's Home Products Division. "No other CE company has an entertainment portfolio like Sony and we will continue to push hardware innovation that brings value to our customers.
"This is an important development not only for the industry, but for consumers seeking new entertainment options."
Sony Pictures is in discussions to offer a high-definition VOD motion picture day and date with its DVD release, with premium pricing, on BRAVIA Internet Video Link and other platforms.
Sony will offer three versions of Hancock including a high-definition stream (720p), and two standard definition streams (480p) with different encoding for lower bandwidth customers. The BRAVIA Internet Video Link service will automatically detect the customer's bandwidth and select the best stream for optimum performance. Once the customer clicks the "Buy Now" button in the BRAVIA Internet Video Link menu, the feature will immediately play.
The BRAVIA Internet Video Link Module, which attaches to the back of a compatible BRAVIA TV, streams on-demand entertainment including hit movies, televisions shows, YouTube videos, and a variety of other high-definition and standard-definition content not found on network or cable/satellite TV. The service connects to the Internet via an existing broadband Ethernet connection and streams content, much of which is available at no additional charge.
Sony's BRAVIA Internet Video Link Module is currently available for about $300 and can be purchased online at http://www.sonystyle.com/, Sony Style retail stores and Sony authorized retailers across the country.
Academy Award(R) nominee Will Smith (The Pursuit of Happyness) stars in the action- packed comedy as Hancock, a sarcastic, hard-living, and misunderstood superhero who has fallen out of favor with the public. When Hancock grudgingly agrees to an extreme makeover from idealistic publicist Ray Embrey (Jason Bateman, Juno), his life and reputation rise from the ashes and all seems right again -- until he meets a woman (2003 Academy Award winner Charlize Theron, Actress in a Leading Role, Monster) with similar powers to his and the key to his secret past.
Posted by Shane Sturgeon, October 14, 2008 10:34 AM
About Shane SturgeonShane Sturgeon is the Co-Publisher and Chief Technologist of HDTV Magazine, an industry publication with HDTV roots going back to 1984, when Dale Cripps founded The HDTV Newsletter. Today, HDTV Magazine is a leading online resource for HDTV news and information and captures the eyes and imaginations of over 3 million visitors annually. Mr. Sturgeon has a background in information technology and has served in various consulting capacities for Fortune 500 companies such as J.P. Morgan Chase, Verizon Communications, Proctor & Gamble and Nationwide Insurance. He has a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science from Wright State University.