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E3 2008: Downloadable Movie Service Goes Live TONIGHT

We knew about it before, but it was officially revealed at Sony's E3 press conference today...and best of all, this excellent and appealing service won't be available later this year, or a few months from now, or even in a few days: it goes live tonight.

That's right, movie and TV fans, the downloadable movie service for the PlayStation 3 is ready to go this evening, according to Sony's Jack Tretton. Most all the big movie studios - MGM, FOX, Sony Pictures, Disney, Warner Bros., Paramount, Lionsgate, etc. - have already signed on to be part of this revolutionary electronic delivery service. As of tonight, you will see a new tab pop up on the PlayStation Store; it's a Video tab, and when there, you can browse all the movies that are currently available for download. You can get most of them in both standard and high-definition, and you can either rent them or purchase them outright to be permanently stored on your PS3. Prices for renting and buying range from $2.99 to $14.99, and as for download times, the Network's Eric Lempel said it will take "about one hour" to download a two-hour standard-definition movie. Television shows will be coming soon as well, but that's not all...

Like much of the content you can place on your PS3, this content can also be transferred to the PSP for viewing on the go. Want to watch "Napolean Dynamite" when heading out for a long trip? Download it to your PS3, shift it to your PSP, and you've got it made in the shade. We don't need to tell you much more, 'cuz you can see it all for yourself later on today!

7/15/2008 Ben Dutka

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Daedusian
Tuesday, July 15, 2008 @ 3:47:17 PM
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I was so excited once I heard the news about this! And the fact that we don't have to wait for it like xbox users have to wait for Netflix is even more fantastic news!

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Bugzbunny109
Tuesday, July 15, 2008 @ 3:53:43 PM

Sony just blew me away

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Damaine
Tuesday, July 15, 2008 @ 7:38:25 PM

SONY 123/PSP FOR LIFE...IM A DIE HARD FXBOX SONY FAN, ILL NEVER BETRAY SONY...THATS Y THEY WILL PREVAIL IN THE BATTLE OF SYSTEMS...PS3 DONT FRET XBOX WILL FALLL

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danr
Wednesday, July 16, 2008 @ 1:21:22 PM

Calm it, fanboy

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robinhood2010
Tuesday, July 15, 2008 @ 4:22:00 PM
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It's released tonight only in the U.S, right?

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WaR_HaWk
Tuesday, July 15, 2008 @ 4:26:10 PM
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but NETFLIX is free for xbox live Gold users. right?

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Daedusian
Tuesday, July 15, 2008 @ 5:04:52 PM

Yeah I'm still kinda confused on the netflix thing. I'm not sure tho but maybe.

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robinhood2010
Tuesday, July 15, 2008 @ 5:06:48 PM

I think you still need a Netflix account, so you still have to pay subscriptions to Xbox live AND Netflix. Not cool.

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BlinkBoy
Tuesday, July 15, 2008 @ 4:52:54 PM
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Probably only US, bad since Im Euro guy

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robinhood2010
Tuesday, July 15, 2008 @ 5:08:20 PM
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I am from the UK, and I hope we get this service soon!
I wonder why it premiers in the US though? Why not Japan?

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BlinkBoy
Tuesday, July 15, 2008 @ 5:15:50 PM

Well the big movie companies are in US so its obvious the reason for it.

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robinhood2010
Tuesday, July 15, 2008 @ 5:24:19 PM

I suppose i didn't think of that!

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Gregory Freeman
Wednesday, July 16, 2008 @ 1:37:41 PM

well, for all you euro guys, might i suggest getting a north american account?? im in canadda... and i can get all the stuff you euros get... because i have my account thts set 2 canada, and another set at United Kingdom

Last edited by Gregory Freeman on 7/16/2008 1:39:01 PM

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Minishmaru
Tuesday, July 15, 2008 @ 5:19:21 PM
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Well I think it'd be nice for all countries I mean, how hard could it be to add subtitles at the very least. I would definitly love to get some Japanese movies or anime to download and vice versa. But this is a pretty EARLY surprising unveiling...figured we were like 6months away until we had it but well I liked how you put it "this excellent and appealing service won't be available later this year, or a few months from now, or even in a few days: it goes live tonight."

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ThePoetRazel
Tuesday, July 15, 2008 @ 5:59:43 PM
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Sounds great. Really great.
But i hope we in the EU don't have to wait too long to get this too.

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MirrorSoul
Tuesday, July 15, 2008 @ 6:15:43 PM
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Funimation is also with them so we should be able to get some anime around the corner

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AscientDire
Tuesday, July 15, 2008 @ 7:29:14 PM
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SCORE...probably one of the best reveals at E3 this year. Outside of the whole FF13 debacle. What is really funny about that is the fact that you only heard about it on the 360 which is by my understanding, going to be the lesser of the two versions. Oh...does anyone know what TIME this new service is going live???

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Reccaman18
Tuesday, July 15, 2008 @ 8:32:03 PM
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Holy crap! I love ya Sony! There is also a PSN exclusive anime, from what I understand, too.

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smotpoker420
Tuesday, July 15, 2008 @ 9:47:26 PM
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i havnt seen anything yet when is it supposed to show up? it'll probably come on tomorrow

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infekt
Tuesday, July 15, 2008 @ 10:19:02 PM
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THIS is what I was waiting for. Perfect.

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karneli lll
Tuesday, July 15, 2008 @ 10:37:18 PM
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i have a problem with the pricing,its too damn expensive

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RebelExtrm02
Tuesday, July 15, 2008 @ 10:42:40 PM

Been in a Blockbuster recently? Or better yet, seen gas prices lately?

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karneli lll
Tuesday, July 15, 2008 @ 11:01:06 PM
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whatever man,i still think $5 4 a RENTAL is over the top

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Reccaman18
Tuesday, July 15, 2008 @ 11:59:08 PM

most rentals are about $2.99. And $5 is what you'd pay normally. Or you can just buy the movies for about $14.99. I think its fine the way it is. Plus, its an added bonus for PS3 owners. Oh, and its up now. :D

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karneli lll
Wednesday, July 16, 2008 @ 12:18:54 AM
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its been up for sometime now,just finished downloading some family guy.

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Wednesday, July 16, 2008 @ 12:43:24 AM
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It costs about $4 to rent a new release from Blockbuster or another brick-and-mortar movie rental store. Furthermore, it's only $3 for most standard-def rentals on the PSN, and you'll have it in an hour, without ever having to leave the house.

The prices, in my opinion, are more than reasonable.

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karneli lll
Wednesday, July 16, 2008 @ 8:21:09 AM
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actually,looking at membership charges in rental stores its cheaper coz they charge about $30 a month, if u grab just 1 movie every day thats like a buck a movie (which is what redbox is about).Im not hating Sony's service is great,im jus bummed out by the fact that i wont be watching as much.But the download prices are sweet.

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shreevin
Wednesday, July 16, 2008 @ 10:42:43 AM
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Just what we need...another reason to avoid the sunlight! Really, I don't see the hype. Netflix costs me $17 a month and I easily get a dozen or more movies every month; which in PSN terms would be $36/mn. And with having up to 3 at a time I can rotate it where I have something to watch everyday. So someone enlighten me, what's the big deal??

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Cavan
Wednesday, July 16, 2008 @ 11:11:53 AM
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shreevin... the big deal is that most ppl's ps3's are hooked up to their tv's their pc's or laptops are not, i have a laptop so unless i wanna watch films on a small 14inch screen thats rubbish, now i can watch films on my 40inch sony bravia in full 1080p without leaving my own home.

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bissomitch
Wednesday, July 16, 2008 @ 7:13:55 PM

Cavan,
Your PS3 can play the blu-ray discs from netflix at 1080p, too. So, again, the big deal?
Well, to me, I'd say the big deal is $15 per HD movie vs. $25-$35.

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wiiplay
Wednesday, July 16, 2008 @ 2:24:26 PM
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I don't think it is in Canada?
I check the store everyday and can't find it.
They said it would release in USA but never said anything about Canada.

Also. I am currently outside E3 right now and the guy is asking me to not bring my laptop into E3.

So I wont be able to update my site.

--The Wiiplay Team.

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karneli lll
Wednesday, July 16, 2008 @ 6:28:42 PM
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i just realized that 360 owners dont know that more than half of netflix movies cannot be watched online, especially the latest dvd releases. What i dont get is that netflix only carries blu ray 4 hd rental,yet they're striking an exclusive deal with microsoft, ms is really getting desperate

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AscientDire
Thursday, July 17, 2008 @ 7:34:58 AM

hmm...Karneli, you don't think MS has gotten their dirty little hands on a blue-ray player do you? I would be funny if they did, wouldn't that mean they would have to pay Sony a share for every one they use? LOL!!!

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Rhezekim
Thursday, July 17, 2008 @ 10:48:30 AM
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Damaine said: SONY 123/PSP FOR LIFE...IM A DIE HARD FXBOX SONY FAN, ILL NEVER BETRAY SONY...THATS Y THEY WILL PREVAIL IN THE BATTLE OF SYSTEMS...PS3 DONT FRET XBOX WILL FALLL

Sorry but I couldn't disagree with you more. XBOX 360 came out at least a year before the PS3 and there are more games for the 360 than the PS3, I used to think like you until I took a closer look at what Sony was doing. Sure they won the HD DVD war but as far as consoles go I don't think the PS3 will ever pass the sales of the 360, one of the biggest things for me is a gamer score and built in achievements in games, the 360 has this, to my knowledge the PS3 does not.

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Rhezekim
Thursday, July 17, 2008 @ 11:00:18 AM
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The only advantage I see to the PS3 is they won the HD DVD war so you can buy a player or a PS3 for about the same price. I paid $49 for my XBOX 360 HD DVD player and have been buying movies cheap which is great for me so I am glad that MS lost this war because I am picking up some great HD DVD's for practically nothing. With the Netflix merger you will have to have a Netflix account and a XBOX Live account so you pay twice, me, I'm happy with Blockbuster, everytime I go return my movie to the store I get a free movie so it's like getting two movies for the price of one, Blockbuster has been doing this for a while and I pay $22 a month for a 3 DVD plan and I average about 24 movies a month including the DVD's I exchange in the store, another nice thing about Blockbuster is I can take my DVD in and get 1/2 off the price of a game rental because game rental prices are real expensive these days, like $8 for five days or something like that. Gamefly is also a good deal, I pay $25 a month to them for 3 games, it's a better deal I think.

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Willcome2Urf
Thursday, July 17, 2008 @ 8:58:23 PM
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I love netflix, but the their instant download selections suck, not to mention the picture quality is horrible. i was complaining about not having the netflix deal with sony, but now i realize that ps3 owners won in the end. the movie selection on the ps3 network are great. 5-6 bucks for a hd movie rental, not so happy about it. 15 for a purchase isn't so bad. I just bought beowulf at best buy for, like, 20 I think. sure something better might come along, but for now It aint bad.

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