Sony have announced that the PSN store will be lavished with full HD movie downloads starting from today. The video store previously only offered movies to be purchased in SD and only rented in HD, but from today you will be able to purchase HD movies from a selection of major movie studios including 20th Century Fox, Walt Disney Pictures, Paramount Pictures, Sony Pictures Entertainment, Universal Pictures and Warner Bros. Digital Distribution.
They were also keen to point out that they are the first to offer this service and posted a list of some of the movies that will be available upon launch, including 2012, Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince, Inglourious Basterds, Up and District 9.
While the service will, unsurprisingly, be currently restricted to America only, Sony have stated there are “plans to launch soon in the U.K., France, Germany, and Spain.” Hopefully this won’t take as long as it did for the video store to materialise in other territories (i.e. over a year later), but if the pricing strategies are fair then this could be a step in the right direction for the future of the HD format.
Source: PlayStation Blog