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Other vendors found it impossible to provide a truly global content store thanks to the machinations of rightsholders, and Research In Motion has run into the same roadblocks. While BlackBerry World for BlackBerry 10 will open up in Australia with a catalogue of DRM-free music from major and independent labels, we'll have to do without movies and TV shows.

Research In Motion is set to relaunch its BlackBerry World app and content store alongside this weeks debut of BlackBerry 10 and new BlackBerry smartphones, but what you get will depend on where you are.

Video downloads and rentals will initially be available only in the US, Canada and the UK.

The catalogue will vary by geography, but at launch will include movies from well-known studios such as 20th Century Fox, MGM, Paramount, Sony, Universal, Walt Disney and Warner Bros, as well as TV shows from (US) ABC, BBC, National Geographic, Starz and others.

Movies will usually be available on the same day as their DVD release, and TV shows on the day following broadcast.

DRM-free music will be more widely available. Australia is one of the first-round markets, along with Canada, USA, UK, Argentina, Brazil, Columbia, Mexico, France, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, South Africa, Spain, India, Malaysia, New Zealand and Singapore.

Music labels represented in BlackBerry World will include majors such as Sony, Universal and Warner, as well as independents such as Rough Trade and Zebralution.

"Music and video content is an integral part of a rich mobile experience. People want easy and convenient access to their favourite music, movies and TV shows wherever they are," said Frank Boulben, chief marketing officer at Research In Motion.

"RIM is committed to working with content providers to bring the best, most up-to-date content to our customers with BlackBerry 10, and to make it easy for them to get what they want."

Multiple payment options will be offered, but a BlackBerry ID will be required to purchase content.

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Stephen Withers is one of Australia¹s most experienced IT journalists, having begun his career in the days of 8-bit 'microcomputers'. He covers the gamut from gadgets to enterprise systems. In previous lives he has been an academic, a systems programmer, an IT support manager, and an online services manager. Stephen holds an honours degree in Management Sciences, a PhD in Industrial and Business Studies, and is a senior member of the Australian Computer Society.

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