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Sony launches PS3 Video Delivery Service

Sony launches PS3 Video Delivery Service

Sony has announced the launch of the Video Delivery Service, which has more than 800 films available.

Sony has launched a new Video Delivery Service for the PlayStation 3 and PSPGo today, with more than 2000 films available worldwide and 800 titles on offer in the UK.

Sony plans to grow the video store, which is accessible through the PlayStation Store following a new firmware update, at a consistent rate too - promising 50 new films every week.

The Video Delivery Service carries both HD and SD films from a number of major studios and publishers including 20th Century Fox, The Walt Disney Company 1, Lionsgate, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios Inc. (MGM), Paramount Pictures, Sony Pictures, Starz Media, Universal, and Warner Bros. No adult films yet then.

Films are available to both rent for a limited period (from £2.49) or buy (from £6.99), with HD titles obviously costing a little bit more than the SD versions. Titles can be transferred between Sony devices too, which is nice if you're wanting to take films with you on the go.

Sony is currently running an offer to celebrate the launch too, allowing you to get a free copy of The Da Vinci Code if you buy Angels & Demons. New PlayStation 3 owners who register for a PSN account between now and the end of the month will also be able to get a free download of Transformers 2 - yay!

The launch of the PlayStation Network video delivery service extends our entertainment offering and provides consumers with another way to access their favourite movies, whether at home or on the go,” said Sony Computer Entertainment president Andrew House.

We were at the official launch of the new service last night and got a quick chance to have a fiddle with the Video Delivery Service and our impression was that it was quite good and functional, despite the un-catchy name.

Let us know your thoughts in the forums.

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markwalker84 19th November 2009, 12:13 Quote
Sounds good... but a bit unfair that only new accounts get the free download... Might have to register a new account me thinks!
ChaosDefinesOrder 19th November 2009, 12:16 Quote
hmm, have they fixed the fact that 2 days ago every time I tried to open the Playstation Store it said "not available in your region" (I'm in UK) Not had a chance to turn the console on since to update and see if it fixes this...
Aracos 19th November 2009, 12:27 Quote
Anyone else noticed that this is no longer marketted as a console? It's marketted as a home entertainment system, is this the future of consoles? Games are secondary and entertainment is priority? If so it's a sad world we live in :(
Da_Rude_Baboon 19th November 2009, 12:35 Quote
w00t! I have been waiting for this for ages. There are no rental places near me and there are not enough releases that interest me to justify a love film account.
licenced 19th November 2009, 13:04 Quote
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Originally Posted by storm20200
Anyone else noticed that this is no longer marketted as a console? It's marketted as a home entertainment system, is this the future of consoles? Games are secondary and entertainment is priority? If so it's a sad world we live in :(
It's the main reason I bought my PS3 in the first place - BD player and music/video streaming off the network. Gaming was secondary, but something I've found myself doing more and more recently given how most PC games are ports anyway.

This is good news - might be able to junk my Lovefilm account if the selection is good and the rental option allows me a reasonable period to watch something I download.
lacuna 19th November 2009, 13:06 Quote
I bought my PS3 as universal player/media centre with the bonus ability to play games. I think this is good news although those kind of prices are not competitive with the likes of lovefilm etc.
craigp84 19th November 2009, 13:16 Quote
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Anyone else noticed that this is no longer marketted as a console? It's marketted as a home entertainment system

If you're only using your PS3 for gaming, you're missing out. We use it primarily for media, but being able to recommend 1 box which is easier to use than *any* off the shelf blue ray player, which also allows your grandparents to see nieces and nephews down under... it's just fantastic.

The controls are simplistic in the extreme, they pick up how to use it way faster than they learned setting the clock on the cooker. The video chat works extremely well, the eye toy has a fantastic microphone.

Plus you can finally show them the intarwebs on a semi respectable web browser, certainly good enough to hit bbc.co.uk/news when its too wet out to walk round to the corner shop...
Aracos 19th November 2009, 13:46 Quote
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Originally Posted by lacuna
I bought my PS3 as universal player/media centre with the bonus ability to play games.

But can it play soft subbed anime with dual audio in the form of an mkv container? If no then that's the exact reason I would choose to build a HTPC than buy a media player, having to transcode video just to burn subtitles pisses me off to the extreme >.>
eek 19th November 2009, 14:20 Quote
OMG, those prices are even pretty reasonable!! Certainly on par or less than Virgin Media on demand!

Will be interesting to see it in action and if there are any quality/buffering issues.
Stelph 19th November 2009, 14:50 Quote
Good news, although the pricing is boringly similar to the iTunes/Xbox 360 alternatives that are in the UK (and the xbox pricing is actually better TBH if you are sneaky and get their Xbox points at less than RRP)

Wish someone would break the mold in the UK and come out with a monthly subscription system like Netflix in the US, I know Lovefilm are testing this but I believe that its still windows only and requires a browser so not ideal for a HTPC/living room set up yet
Scootiep 19th November 2009, 17:09 Quote
"New PlayStation 3 owners who register for a PSN account between now and the end of the month will also be able to get a free download of Transformers 2 - yay!"

I'm really hoping that the "yay!" at the end there was sarcasm. Because that movie was the second biggest *******ization of an iconic cartoon series behind GI.JOE. >:(

Odd, I didn't think that a word that stood for "fatherless child" would be considered offensive enough to be banned but eh, I figure you guys can deduce the message I was trying to convey.
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