Sony To Launch Video Download Service

Posted by Mehar Gill on June 30, 2008 
Filed Under: Blu-ray, Downloads, Format War, PS3, Rental, Sony

Sony has announced that they will roll out their download service in the United States this summer, it is unknown if this will also include Canada.

Kaz Hirai on behalf of Sony stated a European and Japanese release date would follow later. Details have not been released and will be released sometime next month, possibly at E3.

Last year Sony stated they had interested to bring Divx HD videos to the Playstation store, it could be the videos in this program will be encoded in Divx HD, a perfect rival to Microsoft’s service which offers its movies in WMV HD.

Its odd Sony has interest in such a program, no doubt it will interfere with their Blu Ray initiative, could this cause PS3 owners to decrease their Blu-ray purchases and instead look towards the online service for there HD needs? Similar things happened with the Xbox Live Video Marketplace (Particularly in the United States where the catalog is much greater) many rely soley on the marketplace for there video needs.

[Via Engadget HD]

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4 Responses to “Sony To Launch Video Download Service”

  1. Bigdmelt12 on June 30th, 2008 9:44 pm

    i have to say I do enjoy the digital downloads, and it is easy because now higher gas, the nearest block buster is a ways, why not just download it for the same price to rent. Especially with the price some of the blu rays are at, if its not a must have, thats quite the alternative.

    Then again, Ive always been a true believer in liking to own things, but as it stands now, I dont think ps3 owners buy that many movies to begin with so nothing is really gonna change too much

  2. Mehar Gill on July 1st, 2008 10:55 am

    The only benefit this has over the 360 service is the ability to buy videos along with renting them.

    @Bigdmelt12 – I don’t know if you are referring to Blu Ray movies or trailers and other videos already on the service. PS3 owners are the leading force behind Blu Ray sales, analysts even stated that if PS3 owners start buying games then Blu Ray sales will go down.

    Its been confirmed that only Sony will be releasing videos on this service, no one else has signed up.

  3. DavidB on July 2nd, 2008 12:31 pm

    With the uber-restrictive DRM that is likely to accompany HD movie downloads, while it might be interesting for titles I would never outright purchase I can’t see it affecting how many movies I buy on Blu-ray. Something about having the shiny disc in your hand (can you say data portability?). On my PS3 in front of my big screen with surround sound isn’t the ONLY place I want to watch my movies, eh?
    Plus, at the bit rates available on Blu-ray movies, DivxHD isn’t going to be even CLOSE to the same 1080p/hi-res audio quality that can be had from a movie on disc.

  4. Mehar Gill on July 2nd, 2008 12:35 pm

    Sony hasn’t released any details on the bit rate and I doubt they will, I don’t think Microsoft has either. As long as it looks good and the picture is clear (due to the bitrate) I really wouldn’t care.

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