20th Century Fox officially announced this week that it will soon begin offering movies for download at Direct2Drive (a site that currently sells only games) on the same day they're released on DVD. Though the news itself isn't surprising, the details of the launch are new, as is the fact that, shortly after the films appear at Direct2Drive, they will also be made available at MySpace, as well as Rotten Tomatoes and IGN (all part of the Fox Interactive Media family).

As expected, downloads will cost about $20, and will be playable on both the computer that did the downloading and portable players that run on a Windows platform. (I'm assuming there are safeguards in place that make it impossible to load the files onto 700 different portable players, so don't waste your time planning to charge your friends for copies of the movies you buy.) Fox still hasn't set a date for the start of day-and-date downloading, but the system will be in place by October, with X-Men: The Last Stand, Thank You for Smoking, Garfield: A Tail of Two Kitties and The Omen among the titles on offer.