Off the back of last night’s rollout of iOS 5 to iPhones and iPads, which ushers in a new era of cloud-based syncing goodness, comes news that Apple is planning to put movies in the cloud as well.
A piece over on the LA Times mentions that Apple is in talks with the big Hollywood studios to allow streaming of movies via iCloud with the possibility of this working in tandem with Ultraviolet; a recently announced movie streaming/syncing platform.
This would in theory you’d buy a DVD or Blu-Ray and then be able to access a digital cloud copy of the title. This sounds similar to how Sony’s Qriocity-powered music service works, in that it scans your music library and allows you to access a digital cloud ‘mirror’ of your library, so to speak.
So this offering is a little different to what you can already do, buy iTunes movie rentals and watch them on your iPad or stream them to your TV via AirPlay. We like the idea of being able to buy a big double disc Blu-Ray (we like extras) and then being able to instantly access all of this on multiple devices.
So far, Ultraviolet has only been announced for the US, so it could be a while before we see anything resembling this elsewhere. That said, LA Times says that “the service is expected to launch in late 2011 or early 2012.”