By Stephen Schenck | July 21, 2011 7:45 PM
Earlier this year, Unstoppable was announced as the first Hollywood release where the digital copy included along with the BluRay disc was viewable on Android smartphones. Lacking some sort of standardized DRM, the platform had hitherto been shunned by studios only interested in releasing their films in “secure” formats (the all-but-trivial process of ripping a BluRay and converting it to a DRM-free video file, notwithstanding). Problem was, getting Unstoppable onto your Android wasn’t exactly the most streamlined process ever. Now, it looks like getting a studio-sanctioned copy onto your Android is about to get a whole lot easier, with Fox implementing a download-based system it’s putting into effect this fall.
Fox will use Google’s Widevine DRM to control access to its films. We’ve seen that system already in action in other movie apps, like Blockbuster’s. Instead of there being a smartphone-ready copy of the movie on-disc, you’ll be able to use your smartphone to download a copy directly from Fox’s servers. For starters, at least, the service will be restricted to users in the US, UK, France, and Germany. The first film that will be available on Androids in such a manner will be the BluRay release of the currently-in-theaters X-Men: First Class. Future Fox films will follow; there’s no word yet on other studios following suit.