BlackBerry 10 isn’t due to get its official reveal until later this week, but RIM can’t help but seep out a little information on what sort of movies and music options owners will have for BlackBerry World shopping sprees. Describing its portfolio – which includes content from Fox, Sony Pictures, Warner Music, and more – as one of the most robust mobile users will have to choose from, RIM says it will offer movie rentals and purchases in the US, UK, and Canada initially, while eighteen countries will get DRM-free music download access.
Those eighteen include Canada, USA, UK, Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Mexico, France, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, South Africa, Spain, Australia, India, Malaysia, New Zealand, and Singapore, though exactly which tracks will be available in each market will vary. RIM had already announced that its music service would be powered by 7digital.
Most movies, RIM says, will be available to rent from the BlackBerry World store on the day that they get released on DVD, while most TV series will hit the following day. Previews will be available, and various payment options via the BlackBerry ID system.
Studio highlights on the movie roster include Lionsgate, Paramount, Sony Pictures, Walt Disney Studios, and MGM, while for TV shows there’s BBC Worldwide, National Geographic, Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, Warner Bros., and CBS. For music, there’ll be a mixture of mainstream and independent labels, including Sony Music, Universal, Rough Trade, and Matador.
BlackBerry 10 will get its official moment in the sun on Wednesday, January 30, after which it will have to hammer its way into a smartphone market dominated by a “duopoly” of Android and iOS.