Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Group has announced that it will release "Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire" for download-to-own the same day the DVD goes on sale in the Netherlands and the Dutch-speaking part of Belgium.
This comes under the licensing agreement with Free Record Shop, the largest specialty retailer in the Netherlands.
Warner Bros. will be the first studio to deliver download-to-own movies (also known as electronic sell-through) day-and-date with their DVD sale. Beginning 4 April 2006 Free Record Shop customers will be able to choose and purchase from nearly 100 Warner Bros. films ranging from recent hits to catalogue favourites for legal and secure download through Free Record Shop's website.
Other Warner Bros title initially offered will include "Ocean's Twelve", "Constantine", "Matrix Trilogy", "Lethal Weapon-4.", "Casablanca," "Doctor Zhivago" and "Gone with the Wind".
Free Record Shop's download-to-own offering will allow users to purchase and download a legal permanent copy of a Warner Bros. movie for unlimited playback on the device of download. All Warner Bros. content will be copy protected by Microsoft's Windows Digital Rights Management (DRM) software.