September 5, 2019
Sony Pictures Home Entertainment and Paramount Home Media Distribution, among others, in a deal with Rakuten TV, FandangoNow, and Imax, is set to offer Imax content on select smart televisions in the United States, Europe and China.
Imax and DTS have launched a license program enabling third-party consumer electronics manufacturers to offer digitally remastered 4K HDR content with DTS audio in the home.
“We are thrilled to support our collaborators to bring ‘The Imax Experience’ into the home with this new and exciting format,” Pete Wood, SVP/Digital Sales, Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, said in a statement.
Sony Pictures Home Entertainment is offering movies Venom, Spider-Man Homecoming, Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle and Spider-Man: Far From Home — the latter including 45 minutes of Imax expanded content.
Paramount Home Media Distribution’s Bumblebee will be the studio’s first addition to the expanding collection of Imax Enhanced titles for streaming platforms, followed by Crawl, Pet Sematary (2019), and Rocketman, all of which will include Imax signature sound.
Imax content on Bravia TVs will be offered through the Rakuten TV streaming service this month in U.K., Spain, Germany, France and Italy.
Bravia models with Imax Enhanced certification are the Master Series ZG9 8K HDR Full Array LED and AG9 4K HDR OLED sets, as well as the XG95 Series 4K HDR Full Array LED TV.
“Today’s announcement continues our efforts to usher in a new level of quality in home entertainment by pairing digitally re-mastered 4K HDR content with breath-taking images and immersive sound as the filmmakers intended for the home,” said Francisco Navarro-Sertich, SVP/Strategy at Imax Corp.
Separately, Sony Pictures Home Entertainment also will release a series of new titles on Imax Enhanced physical 4K Ultra HD disc, beginning with The Angry Birds Movie 2.
This is in addition to Imax Entertainment’s release of Space Station on Imax Enhanced UHD Blu-ray in July, which is available for purchase through Amazon and other major retailers.