Deny it all you want, but Hannah Montana is a huge phenomenon in today's pop culture. In a rare occurence, the Miley Cyrus concert, Best of Both Worlds, will be hitting broadcast television before the release of the DVD or Blu-ray. The concert will air on the Disney channel (no word on whether it will air on th Disney HD channel) on July 26th, nearly a full three weeks before it's DVD release. Starz has also announced that it will air the concert in both standard def and HD and hour later.
Despite being a teeny bopper concert, the very fact that it will be broadcast (and released on Blu-ray) in its 3D version might just make it a must see. We'll leave that one to you to decide.
The hit "Hannah Montana" movie will be nearly inescapable on television this month in every dimension.
"Hannah Montana & Miley Cyrus: Best of Both Worlds Concert" will come to Starz in standard- and high-definition starting 9 p.m. EDT Saturday, July 26, the premium cable channel announced Thursday.
The 3-D version of the film, which had a limited-engagement theater run earlier this year, will begin showing on the Starz on Demand and Starz HD on Demand channels on Sunday, July 27, along with the other two versions.
Fretting about where you put those 3-D glasses? Starz has a guide to crafting a pair at http://www.starz.com/3D
The movie also will be available to download from the broadband platforms Starz Play and Vongo, but only in standard definition and not in 3-D.
Disney Channel previously announced that the movie's TV debut is set for 8 p.m. EDT July 26, preceded by a daylong marathon of episodes of the channel's "Hannah Montana" series starring teenager Cyrus.
The concert film was shown in 3-D for its theater run that grossed more than $65 million. Starz noted that its TV debut precedes the movie's expected Aug. 19 home-video release by several weeks.
Filming is under way in Nashville, Tenn., on "Hannah Montana: The Movie," set for release in summer 2009. Its busy young star isn't slacking off on her music career: Cyrus' new album, "Breakout," will be released July 22.