Japan will soon become the world's second major market to see the launch of Blu-ray Disc movies.

A handful of movie and video content studios including Sony, Paramount, Warner Bros and Buena Vista Home Entertainment will begin selling titles in Japan in November, they said at a press event.

Prototype Blu-ray Disc players from Sony, Matsushita Electric Industrial (Panasonic), Pioneer and Hitachi were also on show at the event, but those companies didn't announce details, launch dates or prices for the machines. Previously, Sony Computer Entertainment said it will sell its PlayStation 3 games console in Japan from 11 November. The machine features a Blu-ray Disc drive suitable for playback of Blu-ray Disc movies.

The first titles are expected to go on sale a few days before the PlayStation 3 launch in early November.

Warner Bros Entertainment Inc will put four titles on sale on 3 November. The discs will cost ¥3,980 ($34), although Warner said it will charge a higher price for titles that go on sale simultaneously with their DVD release.

In addition to movies, several music-related discs will also hit store shelves. Sony will begin selling six titles on 22 November priced between ¥5,040 and ¥6,615, it said. A further five titles from the company will go on sale 24 January.