iTunes users, your movie-watching is about to get easier.
Fox announced at MacWorld today that 20th Century Fox Studios and Apple's online iTunes store is creating Digital Copy, which will offer a copy of the movie on Fox DVD's that can be easily transfered into iTunes. From there, the film can be viewed on any number of media devices like the iPod, iPhone, Apple TV or a PC or Mac with iTunes.
The first Fox DVD to offer Digital Copy is today's release Family Guy: Blue Harvest, and the next in line for a Digital Copy release is the special edition of Hitman, due out on March 11.
"The industry has sold nearly 12 billion DVDs to date and the release of Family Guy: Blue Harvest is the first one that allows consumers to move their content to an iPod," noted Mike Dunn, President Worldwide, Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment. "Given Apple's dominance in the portable entertainment market and our rapidly evolving digital world, a DVD with digital copy for Apple, offers a simple way for consumers to satisfy their growing desire to watch what they want, when they want and importantly, how and where they want."
"One of the most requested features DVD buyers have been asking for is the ability to get the movies they bought into their iTunes library," said Jim Gianopulos, chairman and chief executive officer of Fox Filmed Entertainment. "We're thrilled to offer such an incredibly simple way for our customers to get even more out of their DVD purchase, and we look forward to releasing many more DVDs this year with iTunes Digital Copy."
You can transfer the Digital Copy to your iTunes by inserting the DVD into a computer and entering a code, which transfers the copy to your iTunes library, and is then accessible from the outlets previously mentioned.