Sony Home Entertainment Adds Enhancements to Movies for Digital Purchase

The new features include enhanced search, speech-to-text software and clip-and-share.

Sony Home Entertainment is adding several new enhancements, such as advanced search and clip-and-share, on movies it is offering for digital purchase.

The new features, announced Wednesday, include: enhanced search, which uses technology like facial recognition and speech-to-text software to let viewers search for exact spots in movies as identified by keywords; clip-and-share, which allows viewers to choose from a collection of film clips that can be shared on Facebook and Twitter; and an interactive music playlist, which links songs in a movie to the iTunes Music Store, where they can be purchased.

All the new features are available on Burlesque and The Other Guys, which can be purchased at iTunes. The enhanced search and clip-and-share functions are available on Salt  and Resident Evil: Afterlife. On March 22, The Tourist will offer both clip-and-share and enhanced search, and How Do You Know will offer clip-and-share.

"Developing innovative features like search and social sharing are integral to increasing the value and relevance of our digital offerings, and tomaking digital movie purchases more collectable for consumers," Rich Berger, SPHE senior vp, worldwide digital strategy and operations, said. "As consumers continue to embrace digital content, we plan to expand these andother new and innovative features to additional SPHE titles and across digital service platforms."