Free movies on Android thanks to 20th Century Fox

25 July 2011

A typical movie

Free films from That Hollywood? Surely not! Well, that's kinda what 20th Century Fox are offering anyone with an Android phone.

See, Google Android smartphone owners will soon be able to download movies to their handset thanks to 20th Century Fox.

Basically, what they're offering is a free digital version of a film you've bought on Blu-ray disc. You'll be able to download the film to your PC from Fox's website, which you'll then transfer to your phone with a USB cable.

That said, this seems like something of a faff and, if you own a HTC Desire, you'll invariably make it groan with a lack of memory and have to delete every single contact in your address book just so you can watch a film you've invariably already seen.

Either way, it is free stuff. And the first Blu-ray to come with the Android-compatible download will be X-Men: First Class, and it'll be aailable in the UK, US, France and Germany.

"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.

It is high time that Android caught up with Apple. Google haven't been exactly hot when it comes to getting media onto smartphones. Netflix and Google have only just added their cinematic services, with the former hitting a few handsets in May, but not all. Meanwhile, Apple customers already have access to a library of music and film through iTunes.

TOPICS:   Technology   Mobile   TV   Gadgets

6 comments

  • The B.
    Condorman is not "a typical movie", it is Micheal Crawford at his finest, Disney at the apex of their game, it's a sensual overload, a gamut of joy, a veritable cornucopia of mirth.
  • The B.
    Actually, as I remember it from the pirate video I watched it on in the early 80's, it was utter dog turd, and I was a very undiscerning child, I even enjoyed Ice Pirates, Krull, Buckaroo Banzai, the Last Starfighter, Pete's dragon and many more.
  • fanpages
    "...X-Men: First Class, and it’ll be aailable in the UK, US, France and Germany." "aailable"? BFN, fp.
  • Joff
    Even better, why doesn't 20th Century Fox charge for a digital download instead and do away with all the physical media nonsense.
  • carper
    "That said, this seems like something of a faff and, if you own a HTC Desire, you’ll invariably make it groan with a lack of memory and have to delete every single contact in your address book just so you can watch a film you’ve invariably already seen." All phones with limited (ie sub 4GB) memory will be downloading to an SD card. Why pick out the desire? Even with HTC's flagship phones, you'll be doing the same. I think you're confusing the DEsire's paucity of memory to run Gingerbread and apps that can't move to SD with the (almost constant) need of these phones to store lmedia on the SD-card (from photos to songs to films). It makes no difference to the user, of course. As long as the SD card is fast enough to deliver the media without stuttering. Here endeth the criticism.
  • Richard
    This isn't free at all?! :-P You buy the blu ray and then get to watch it on your phone.

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