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Sony's 'Smurfs,' 'Friends With Benefits' to be UltraViolet-ready

KABC-TV covers Los Angeles and Southern California.

September 21, 2011 12:00:00 AM PDT
Sony Corp. said it's releasing its first UltraViolet movies in December.

The company announced that the Blu-ray versions of "The Smurfs" and "Friends With Benefits" will be compatible with the UltraViolet view-anywhere system.

Under the system, home movie purchases can be stored online and then be accessed on other devices like computers, tablets and smartphones.

Several major studios are backing the project, including Time Warner Inc.'s Warner Bros., Comcast Corp.'s Universal, Viacom Inc.'s Paramount, and News Corp.'s 20th Century Fox.

The Walt Disney Co. is developing a similar system called KeyChest.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.