Box Office fast-tracks movie releases

Foxtel has announced new deals with Hollywood studios to start bringing forward movie release dates in line with DVD release on its pay per view Box Office service.

Universal Studios has agreed to make all November and December movie titles available at the same time as DVD release, kicking off with Get Him To The Greek from tomorrow.

Warner Bros Inception will be available from December 8th while Disney’s A Christmas Carol and The Sorcerer’s Apprentice will be available the same day as DVD on November 24 and January 12 respectively.

Foxtel’s Executive Director of Product & Sales, Patrick Delany said, “The enhanced agreements with Hollywood studios further cement Foxtel as the number one entertainment provider in Australia as we will now have blockbuster movies available to our subscribers the same day as DVD release. We are also working towards screening the first new release 3D video-on-demand movie for Foxtel iQ2 subscribers early in the New Year.

Roadshow Television is also testing early release windows with titles such as Killers and The Expendables in December.

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