updated 09:30 am EDT, Fri July 29, 2011
Qriocity coming to Xperia minis on Monday
Sony on Monday, August 1 will begin the phased roll-out of its Qriocity service for Xperia smartphones. At first, the Xperia mini and Xperia mini pro will get access. Available content to rent or buy will include movies and TV shows from NBC and its partner Universal, Paramount, Sony, Fox, and Warner Bros., in addition to local and more independent studios.
In addition to new releases, an "extensive" back catalogue of content will be offered as well, Sony Ericsson said. The service will be available in the UK, France, Germany, Spain, Italy, Australia, Canada and the United States on Monday, with Japan getting it by August's end.
The service will also come to the Xperia arc, Xperia neo, Xperia Play, Xperia pro, and Xperia acro later this year thanks to a software update. An app download fro the Android Market will also be required. When the Xperia active and Xperia ray launch, they will have it preloaded as well.
It's not clear if or when other platforms, like the iPhone, will get Qriocity streaming.