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Old 05-11-2009, 12:37 PM   #1  
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BD-Live to allow social net users to watch film simultaneously

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By Carl DiOrio

May 11, 2009, 12:00 AM ET

Warner Bros. has some new friends at Facebook.

In an industry first, Warner Home Video is set to announce a plan to sync up "friend" networks on Facebook with the interactive community-screening features of Warners' Blu-ray Disc releases, starting with the release of "Watchmen Director's Cut."

The studio partnership with the social network Web site will use the BD-Live interactive feature on high-def discs, allowing "Watchmen" purchasers to view the film simultaneously and share comments with their Facebook friends.

BD-Live has always allowed such "community screenings" via its "buddy list" function. But those lists now can be synched with Facebook's friend networks for immediate access to a broad network of acquaintances.

Another new Blu-ray feature -- dubbed Warner Bros. Maximum Movie Mode -- will allow split-screen viewing of "Watchmen" to focus on elements in director Zack Snyder's on-camera commentary.

The partnership is strategic only, with no money changing hands between the parties.

"We want to do this partnership with Facebook because research has shown that consumers want to have social networking capabilities with BD-Live," WHV vp worldwide high definition Kris Brown said. "Previously, those possibilities have been limited to your friends within BD-Live and the general BD-Live community."

The Facebook arrangement will require users to purchase and play Blu-ray disc copies of the film. But it will pack a big promo wallop for Warners and should also help spread the Blu-ray gospel, when those watching "Watchmen" and other WHV movies offer live commentary to their Facebook friends.

Facebook users regularly inform their friends of all entertainment activities via what's known as "status updates."

"Watchmen" will be released in DVD and Blu-ray simultaneously in late July on DVD and Blu-ray, with the theatrical version going out on standard disc. The standard DVD will sell for $28.98 and the Blu-ray director's cut for $35.99.

There will be no bonus features on the standard-disc version of "Watchmen," while a special edition DVD of the directors cut -- retailing for $34.99 -- will place elaborate bonus features on a second disc. A street date of July 21 or July 28 was being finalized, making for a release either just before or after the annual Comi-Con convention.

"Watchmen" also will bow simultaneously on various digital platforms. Those include On Demand pay-per-view availability through digital cable, satellite TV and Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 game consoles.

PPV offerings will be limited to the theatrical version of the film. "Watchmen Director's Cut" will be available day-and-date via iTunes and Amazon on Demand.

An effects-laden action pic based on a series of classic comics, "Watchmen" registered $182 million in worldwide boxoffice. Though the pic was something of a theatrical underachiever, it's considered a candidate to outperform in home entertainment release.

The WHV-Facebook partnership continues a trend in which studios have sought to surmount technical hurdles to use BD-Live for more interactive offerings.

Recent improvements in wireless router technology have home entertainment execs confident that computer-to-television connectivity will quickly spread. Interactive disc features are seen as key to consumers embracing Blu-ray, but BD-Live requires broadband access.

WHV mounted one of the most-noted previous BD-Live ventures. The distributor last year staged a community screening of "The Dark Knight," during which director Christopher Nolan offered live commentary to 50,000 viewers on a dedicated Web site. Warners teams with Facebook for 'Watchmen'BD-Live to allow social net users to watch film simultaneouslyBy Carl DiOrio
May 11, 2009, 12:00 AM ET
Warner Bros. has some new friends at Facebook.

In an industry first, Warner Home Video is set to announce a plan to sync up "friend" networks on Facebook with the interactive community-screening features of Warners' Blu-ray Disc releases, starting with the release of "Watchmen Director's Cut."

The studio partnership with the social network Web site will use the BD-Live interactive feature on high-def discs, allowing "Watchmen" purchasers to view the film simultaneously and share comments with their Facebook friends.

BD-Live has always allowed such "community screenings" via its "buddy list" function. But those lists now can be synched with Facebook's friend networks for immediate access to a broad network of acquaintances.

Another new Blu-ray feature -- dubbed Warner Bros. Maximum Movie Mode -- will allow split-screen viewing of "Watchmen" to focus on elements in director Zack Snyder's on-camera commentary.

The partnership is strategic only, with no money changing hands between the parties.

"We want to do this partnership with Facebook because research has shown that consumers want to have social networking capabilities with BD-Live," WHV vp worldwide high definition Kris Brown said. "Previously, those possibilities have been limited to your friends within BD-Live and the general BD-Live community."

The Facebook arrangement will require users to purchase and play Blu-ray disc copies of the film. But it will pack a big promo wallop for Warners and should also help spread the Blu-ray gospel, when those watching "Watchmen" and other WHV movies offer live commentary to their Facebook friends.

Facebook users regularly inform their friends of all entertainment activities via what's known as "status updates."

"Watchmen" will be released in DVD and Blu-ray simultaneously in late July on DVD and Blu-ray, with the theatrical version going out on standard disc. The standard DVD will sell for $28.98 and the Blu-ray director's cut for $35.99.

There will be no bonus features on the standard-disc version of "Watchmen," while a special edition DVD of the directors cut -- retailing for $34.99 -- will place elaborate bonus features on a second disc. A street date of July 21 or July 28 was being finalized, making for a release either just before or after the annual Comi-Con convention.

"Watchmen" also will bow simultaneously on various digital platforms. Those include On Demand pay-per-view availability through digital cable, satellite TV and Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 game consoles.

PPV offerings will be limited to the theatrical version of the film. "Watchmen Director's Cut" will be available day-and-date via iTunes and Amazon on Demand.

An effects-laden action pic based on a series of classic comics, "Watchmen" registered $182 million in worldwide boxoffice. Though the pic was something of a theatrical underachiever, it's considered a candidate to outperform in home entertainment release.

The WHV-Facebook partnership continues a trend in which studios have sought to surmount technical hurdles to use BD-Live for more interactive offerings.

Recent improvements in wireless router technology have home entertainment execs confident that computer-to-television connectivity will quickly spread. Interactive disc features are seen as key to consumers embracing Blu-ray, but BD-Live requires broadband access.

WHV mounted one of the most-noted previous BD-Live ventures. The distributor last year staged a community screening of "The Dark Knight," during which director Christopher Nolan offered live commentary to 50,000 viewers on a dedicated Web site.
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I will NOT let Blu-ray force me to open a Facebook account!
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I was wondering when they'd announce the release date.

July seems a bit longer than the average theater to disc turnaround.
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Hmmm, so Directors Cut is exclusive to BD?
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