20th Century Fox is bringing movie downloads to Android devices. Starting in October if you purchase a 20th Century Fox Blu-ray disc you’ll also score a digital copy of the film you can put on your Android phone or tablet to watch while you’re out and about away from your trusty Blu-ray player.
The first title expected to be available for the service will be X-Men: First Class and will be available for customers in the U.S., UK, France, and Germany.
Up until now, digital downloads have only been available for Windows computers and iTunes to load onto iOS devices. Up until recently Android lacked some of the copy-protection that studios required to distribute titles digitally. Google addressed those concerns with its acquisition of Widevine, a rights-management technology that is currently being used by companies like Netflix.
“Given its strong growth as a mobile operating system, the support for Android is an important move for us because it further enhances Blu-ray discs as the best way to get your movies to all your screens,” said Vincent Marcais, senior vice-president for marketing at Twentieth Century Fox International Home Entertainment.
Fox is also currently working on a companion application for Android and iOS devices to be used while watching a film at home, with interactive features and social networking functionality built in.
What do you think Android users? Are you excited about being able to download digital copies of flicks? What about a companion app to use while you watch movies? Would you use one if it was available?