Wippit goes to the movies

The UK’s movie download scene is about as lively as 28 Days Later at the moment, but Wippit’s about to lighten things up – it’s just signed a deal wit

The UK’s movie download scene is about as lively as 28 Days Later at the moment, but Wippit’s about to lighten things up – it’s just signed a deal with Universal to offer download-to-own flicks.

The link-up will make a welcome range of new releases – including King Kong and Jarhead (above) – and some back catalogue films available for UK downloaders when it launches later this month.

It won’t be cheap. New releases will cost as much as £20, although you do get the DVD of the film as well. Older flicks will cost £5 and there’ll be an introductory offer of three titles for £20.

Wippit is the third site to benefit from Universal’s download-to-own (DTO) service, with its movies already available from AOL and Lovefilm’s site. Wippit, however, is the first online music store to offer the studio’s flicks.

This is good news in light of iTunes’ continuing reluctance to improve on the parsity of its movie buffet. The UK shop still only offers some movie trailers and a few Pixar shorts, although the US version did recently get its first full-length download.

Unfortunately, it was the terrible Disney TV movie High School Musical. Come on Apple, we want some blockbusters. Now.

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