In a ground-breaking move, Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Group announced today that Harry Potter fans in the Netherlands and the Dutch-speaking part of Belgium will be able to download the Goblet of Fire movie when the DVD is released on April 4.
According to the release:
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire will be available for download-to-own starting at midnight on April 4, the same day that the DVD goes on sale. Consumers who purchase the electronic version of the movie through www.FreeRecrodShop.nl between midnight and nine a.m. will have the chance to win a portable media player on which to watch it.
Kevin Tsujihara, President Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Group commented:
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. By continuing to partner with local services around the world, Warner Bros. is finding innovative ways to engage with the local culture and community. Additionally, these solutions help us to combat piracy by providing high quality, affordable and legal downloads. We are committed to exploring cutting edge, digital delivery options around the globe.
WB Home Entertainment has also confirmed for us that the downloadable version of the movie will not included any of the DVD extras.