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PS3 and PSP get movie delivery service

by Steven Williamson on 16 July 2008, 12:59

Tags: PlayStation 3, PlayStation Portable, Sony Computers Entertainment Europe (NYSE:SNE), PSP, PS3

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Sony has unveiled its new video delivery service in the United States for Playstation 3 and PSP owners.

The service will allow consumers to download movies and TV shows via the Playstation store and the Playstation Network. Sony say that there are 300 movies and 1,200 TV episodes currently available in both standard definition and high definition.

“PLAYSTATION Network’s video delivery service capitalizes on the superior value and entertainment potential of PS3 and PSP – not only for gaming enthusiasts, but also for the millions of consumers looking to buy the best, most versatile solution for their home entertainment system,” said Jack Tretton, President and CEO, SCEA.

“The collaboration of Sony’s film, TV and entertainment business units, coupled with our hardware and content offerings, provide consumers with entertainment experiences unlike any on the market.”

Sony pimped the service by revealing that:
The video delivery service will have full integration in the PLAYSTATION Network, utilizing the same login, wallet management, and user interface of the newly revamped PLAYSTATION Store. Video will be categorized, for example, by top rating, alphabetical order, television shows, and movies and content is also fully searchable, for example, by title, producer, studio and cast. In addition, PS3’s progressive downloading means users can view content shortly after the downloading process begins. Background downloading is also a feature of PS3, allowing users to access other platform features such as gaming and other XMB™ (XrossMediaBar) content while a video is downloading to their consoles.
Amongst the movies on offer are Cloverfield, Rocky, 10,000 B.C and 3:10 to Yuma. Renting works like this:

Consumers who rent a movie from the video delivery service have 14 days to watch the content. Once content playback is started, consumers have a full 24 hours to enjoy their rental. Pricing for rental movies at launch ranges from $2.99 to $5.99, and pricing for purchased movies ranges from $9.99 to $14.99. Sony has also adopted Marlin Digital Rights Management technology, an open industry standard for protecting and managing digital content, to provide consumers with flexible access to their content while ensuring digital rights are protected. Usage rules of the video download service will allow content for purchase to be shared on multiple activated devices including PS3 and PSP systems per PLAYSTATION Network account, depending on the type of content purchased by the user.
Rental movie pricing will start from $2.99 to $5.99, with films ranging from $9.99 to $14.99.


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Oh joy, its US only. I guess we will have to wait as long as we did for the 360 and iTunes versions whilst they sort out the licencing issues.
menthel
Oh joy, its US only. I guess we will have to wait as long as we did for the 360 and iTunes versions whilst they sort out the licencing issues.

I hope not, Sony have their own movie studio's, so licensing shouldn't be too difficult.
This is one of the things that annoys me about E3. They should also outline its plans for Europe. It's like it couldn't care less about us.
beanbandit
I hope not, Sony have their own movie studio's, so licensing shouldn't be too difficult.

It doesn't only contain their moview though. A phased roll out would be good but i think we will just get the usual ‘its europe, who cares?’ treatment.
beanbandit
I hope not, Sony have their own movie studio's, so licensing shouldn't be too difficult.

Nope, there's plenty of studios who have jumped on board:

20th Century Fox’s “Alvin and the Chipmunks”, Lionsgate’s“3:10 to Yuma”, MGM’s “Rocky”, Paramount Pictures’ “Cloverfield”, Sony Pictures’ “Spider-Man”, and Warner Bros. Entertainment’s “10,000 B.C.” are a few of the titles available for electronic sell-through on the video service at launch. Disney’s “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest” will also be available for rent.