Sony said Monday that it plans to offer Disney/Pixar's animated hit Up for purchase on its PlayStation Network beginning today (Tuesday), the day the movie is released on DVD and Blu-ray. The movie is priced at $14.99 for standard definition and $19.99 for high-definition. (Newer PlayStation models are capable of playing Blu-ray discs.) Sony also said that it will offer some 80 Disney feature films for sale in coming days, two-thirds of them in both standard- and high-definition versions. In a separate announcement, Sony Electronics said that owners of its Bravia HDTV sets and Blu-ray Disc players will be able to watch its Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs beginning Dec. 8, a month before the DVD and Blu-ray releases hit store shelves. Sony is the first company to utilize its Internet-enabled TVs and other networked devices to stream feature films directly to consumers' televisions prior to availability on DVD or Blu-ray," said Hiro Kawano, SVP for Sony Electronics' home division business. However, the price for the advance rental will be steep -- $24.99 for a 24-hour period. However, it said, anyone buying a new Bravia TV set or a Sony Blu-ray player between now and January 4 will receive a 24-hour rental of the film for free.

10/11/2009