Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Group has struck a licensing deal with Dutch retailer Free Record Shop to offer 100 Warner Bros. films through Free Record Shop's new video-on-demand service.
The deal will kick off by offering Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire as a download-to-own in the Netherlands and Dutch-speaking Belgium on April 4, the same day the DVD is released.
The website (www.FreeRecordShop.nl) will offer about 100 new and catalogue Warner Bros. titles, including Ocean's Twelve, The Matrix, Gone with the Wind, and Doctor Zhivago.
Warner Bros. said that the number of selections on offer would expand in the future. Warner also noted that would continue to partner with local services around the world.
The download will be a permanent copy available for unlimited playback on whatever device the film is downloaded to. Films will be protected by Microsoft's Windows Digital Rights Management software.
"We are excited to be the first studio to deliver secure and legal download-to-own films through the Internet simultaneous with the film's DVD debut. This agreement provides Warner Bros. with yet another channel to deliver our movies directly to consumers' homes," said Kevin Tsujihara, president of Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Group.
The deal is similar to last week's announced plans for Universal to offer King Kong as a download to own in the UK through LoveFilm.