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PlayStation 3 Gets Benefit Of New NBC Universal Deal

There's another battle being waged in the console war; a battle that actually doesn't include video games: it's the downloadable movie and TV confrontation between the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360.

As reported by TechRadar, the 360 may have the lead in the UK, with all sorts of DLC available from the likes of Paramount, Universal and Warner, but Sony may have just snagged the edge in this country. They just signed a deal with NBC Universal, and the interesting part about this news is that it's the "last major studio to allow downloadable content on the PS3." As the article also mentions, the other major studio - Sony Pictures - isn't something Microsoft has access to, unless they grab a hold of such content through Netflix. Recent Universal additions to the PS3 now include the movies "Milk" and "Role Models," and if you're a huge fan of "The Office" (aren't we all?), you'll be happy to know that it's now available as DLC on Sony's machine. In all, the PS3 features about 1,300 movies and 4,500 TV episodes, which are also capable of being viewed on the go via your PSP. All of this is something very new to the world of video games; could we have even imagined we'd be talking about movies and TV shows on our original Nintendos?

Anyway, battles like these are always fun to watch. Both sides angle for position on a frequent basis, and in the end, both competitors will have advantages in certain areas.

3/11/2009 Ben Dutka

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LegendaryWolfeh
Wednesday, March 11, 2009 @ 9:47:19 PM
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Hellz ya

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Neurotoxiny
Wednesday, March 11, 2009 @ 9:52:31 PM
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Awesome! Love the office!!

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Riku994
Wednesday, March 11, 2009 @ 9:55:45 PM
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Does this include seinfeld?

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dlte
Thursday, March 12, 2009 @ 12:13:05 AM

Sony Pictures Television already owns the rights to Seinfeld I think

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WorldEndsWithMe
Thursday, March 12, 2009 @ 1:37:27 AM

love me some Seinfeld

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Gregory Freeman
Wednesday, March 11, 2009 @ 10:02:23 PM
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this is all fine and dandy to all you yankees down south, but here in canada, we've been forced to the back of the bus... ever since the service started, we havent been "allowed" to have access to something offered on OUR NETWORK!! SCEA represents all of north america, not just the US... home contest on north american network, oops you cant sign up cause its americans only, but on the brightside, your idea won, that american stole it off of yu... oh well he gets 10$ on the psn...

sorry for the rant but i feel canadians are being shafted by sony...i wonder, would micro$oft screw us over this bad??

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Gregory Freeman
Wednesday, March 11, 2009 @ 10:07:41 PM

*list of things sony denies canucks access to:
movie store,
contests
tournaments (I.E R2 $$ tourney going on)
PSN cards (currently, 0000 stores carry them here... even though we have block buster, walmart, gamestop, ect...)
theres more, but its time consuming typing with a dualshock...

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LegendaryWolfeh
Wednesday, March 11, 2009 @ 10:11:53 PM

I'm no yankee =O i'm on the confederate side of the border lol

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somethingrandom
Thursday, March 12, 2009 @ 12:04:35 AM

The joke is, I tried making a US account and still didn't have access to movies or tv shows. Couldn't even find 'em on the store. What gives?

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EddPm6
Thursday, March 12, 2009 @ 10:06:10 AM

you should just make a american account and use it for movies. and if you cant find the movies button i understand cause it took me a minute too. Its in the top left corner and should have a games tab and videos tab. i mean the VERY TOP LEFT. find a picture if you still have trouble.

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Naga
Thursday, March 12, 2009 @ 10:53:36 AM

You can't access the American,JPN vid store in Another country Europe,UK etc

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Scarecrow
Wednesday, March 11, 2009 @ 10:06:40 PM
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Yay!

NBC is actually one of the few stations I like.

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Geobaldi
Wednesday, March 11, 2009 @ 10:07:39 PM
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To me this is pretty worthless. I can currently watch a lot of the big network stuff on my phone. And it's not worth downloading all this stuff on the PS3 when you can stream shows and movies all on your PC for free at Hulu.com.

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LegendaryWolfeh
Wednesday, March 11, 2009 @ 10:11:15 PM

I don't have a pc :( it died

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WorldEndsWithMe
Thursday, March 12, 2009 @ 1:39:24 AM

I use my PS3 browser to stream Hulu so I can watch my fave shows on the big screen instead of a pc screen :)

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Geobaldi
Thursday, March 12, 2009 @ 1:57:53 AM

My graphic card allows me to do the same so I have the option to use either one :)

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LimitedVertigo
Thursday, March 12, 2009 @ 2:05:52 AM

Geobaldi I'm realizing we have lots in common, I too stream all the video off my computer. I have far more hard drive space and raw power.

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JofaMang
Thursday, March 12, 2009 @ 9:43:46 AM

Yeah, I have about 600gb of movies,TV, music, and pictures accessible to my PS3 via TVersity. I keep my PS3 hard drive space open for game installs. I'm at 92gb used of 320~.

Funny thing is, my router is the single oldest part in my network (an 8ish year old Netgear) because I hate dealing with router settings, I always manage to screw something up when I go in there. I have done a few firmware updates, and of course, set my own user name and pw, but otherwise its been a plug and play device for the better part of a decade, and doesn't stutter even when streaming 15gb BD rips.

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Gregory Freeman
Wednesday, March 11, 2009 @ 10:10:58 PM
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and hmm.. isnt nbc owned by microsoft??? hense "MSNBC" how did gates mess that one up??

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Geobaldi
Thursday, March 12, 2009 @ 12:42:25 AM

Actually it's just a partnership agreement. They share CNBC, MSNBC.com, and other various projects associated with the network. As far as the television portion of the network, Microsoft only owns about 18% or so if I remember right.

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bxshotboi
Wednesday, March 11, 2009 @ 10:12:59 PM
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@mordakai1 if that is true i agree with u even though i live in the u.s y dont u try to make a difference and message scea about this if u start sumtin it might turn out big and actually make a difference and involve canada more in watever sony intends on doing cause we seen plenty of times where companies change the way of things based on the feedback

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slayerkillemall
Wednesday, March 11, 2009 @ 10:18:25 PM
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agree with geobaldi.,but its also nice to have "options", especially to be able to watch it on the psp.....priceless....

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LimitedVertigo
Thursday, March 12, 2009 @ 2:06:25 AM

torrents FTW

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WorldEndsWithMe
Thursday, March 12, 2009 @ 1:42:27 AM
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While this is all well and good, I'm afraid I don't have the cash or megabyte space to be getting downloadable shows and movies. That could get expensive and wasteful.

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LimitedVertigo
Thursday, March 12, 2009 @ 3:40:05 AM

1TB external HD with Esata and USB2.0 for 90 dollars on Buy.com

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WorldEndsWithMe
Thursday, March 12, 2009 @ 1:42:19 PM

I haven't had to change my PS3 HDD yet, would an external like that even work?

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LimitedVertigo
Thursday, March 12, 2009 @ 9:14:24 PM

Yes it will work if you're simply using it to stream media off of it and store game files.

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BTNwarrior
Thursday, March 12, 2009 @ 3:30:45 AM
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Now all the psn needs is a monthly subscription like netflix. because $5 is a bit much for a one night rental

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LimitedVertigo
Thursday, March 12, 2009 @ 3:40:46 AM
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I agree, I can't believe people pay that price. Hell here it's only 5.25 to see a movie at a theater during the day.

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Zemus101
Thursday, March 12, 2009 @ 3:45:10 AM
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No love for Canada booo

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Daedusian
Thursday, March 12, 2009 @ 10:43:28 AM
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Haha! Great! Love the office.. watch it all the time!

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CH1N00K
Thursday, March 12, 2009 @ 12:39:54 PM
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The reason Canada gets the shaft isn't necessarily due to Sony. It has to do with our Canucklehead government and their rules on piracy and copyright infringements. I haven't read the whole article but it's pretty out dated.

That being said, I do agree that us Canadians do get left out in the cold (no pun intended, but it does explain all the snow..)a lot when it comes to North American contests and content. For some companies, North America only includes Americans.

I don't really get worked up too much about it though, if I really need to see something there are other means....and Timmies Coffee! (if you don't know what that is you've never been to Canada...or Kandahar apparently)

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BikerSaint
Thursday, March 12, 2009 @ 5:43:30 PM
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My take on it is, anything that Sony can add to PS3, only makes it more of a plus.
(now bring back B/C, damn it)!

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F302Pilot
Monday, April 20, 2009 @ 7:58:28 PM
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add more seasons of Smallville!

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