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Movie download service on its way to PS3, PSP "really soon"

Peter Dille, Sony's VP of Marketing, confirmed that a downloadable movie service would make its way to the PS3 and PSP very soon. Not only that, but Sony recognizes the potential of such an application and are really concentrating their efforts on it: "I can tell you is we're working on it, we see that it's critical, not just for PSP but also for PS3, and it's something we know is super important to get right." It would be pretty cool to download a movie onto your PS3, activate Remote Play, then go watch the movie on your PSP in the middle of a mall or whatever it is kids do these days.

You may think Sony just started working on this feature, but according to Dille, it sounds like it's been in the pipes for a while. "If we launch it and it's not right, we're going to get creamed. So we want to make sure we get the consumer experience right, get the right content, and we're working really hard on it. And I don't think we're talking about years, I think this is something we could get behind really soon." If they plan to launch it soon, that would be fantastic! Could this be another feather in their Tokyo Game Show hat? We guess we'll have to wait until mid- or late September to find out!

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1. Cool idea - but not sure if I want to wait a day for something to d/l from the playstation store.

Speed that up, and I'd do it.

Posted at 4:17PM on Jul 13th 2007 by wem003

2. Not for me. I want to own the physical media (BD) that my movie is on... so, i can sell it, play it on another BD player of any kind, keep it forever, so its encoded at the highest bitrate possible, includes all extras/bonuses, includes uncompressed soundtracks, etc, etc.

Now, a video on demand/rental type service with hd content i can get into.

Posted at 4:33PM on Jul 13th 2007 by humpty

3. Yeah, the PS Store is way too pokey for movies. They sped up the interface but still don't have crap for bandwidth (or it's capped at something sad like 50KB/sec). It's trivially easy to add bandwidth but they have to be willing first. The recent E3 barrage showed just how little they dole out.

A music service would be nice too. If you could play Skate and drop to the XMB, pick some songs online that you want to buy and create an in-game playlist instead...that'd be awesome. I imagine this has a huge tie-in with Home also.

Posted at 4:45PM on Jul 13th 2007 by Popfrogs

4. I have yet to spend any money over the PSN store. I would have, had Warhawk been online only but I can buy it at retail.

Posted at 4:54PM on Jul 13th 2007 by Andy

5. "really soon"...just like the demos they said where coming "sson"

Posted at 5:04PM on Jul 13th 2007 by tcbrooks

6. Yeah like everyone is saying speed is the thing. I just got my PS3 this week and man is the downloads slow. Took me like 4 hours to download th Ninja Gaiden demo. WTF!

Posted at 5:10PM on Jul 13th 2007 by drdre74

7. That's really weird... I easily download demo's and trailers with 10Mbit/s (with a 20Mbit/s line)... Seems fast enough for me. (by the way, I live in the Netherlands)

Posted at 5:19PM on Jul 13th 2007 by Gideon

8. Yeah, the Playstation Store is painfully slow for me, too.

But I bet they want the PSP with Video-out on the marketplace before they launch this service.

Posted at 5:23PM on Jul 13th 2007 by GRT

9. Won't they have to have three versions of videos. A PSP version, a widescreen hdtv version and a full screen sdtv version?

Posted at 5:24PM on Jul 13th 2007 by Andy

10. wasnt there a joystiq interview with Kaz in which he stated they are unsure about the movie download. And that its still in talks for it to come out?

Posted at 5:26PM on Jul 13th 2007 by andres

11. Ive got no problems with the speed of downloads.. its comaprable to downloading on my PC... im in central Canada.

Posted at 5:34PM on Jul 13th 2007 by humpty

12. Download speeds are horrible compared to my computer. I'm on a 3.5meg line and downloading shouldn't take but a few minutes. True its no T1/T3 line but I mean damn...the same size file on computer takes roughly 4 to 5 times as long on the PSN.

This is something that truely needs to be fixed prior to Home hitting the masses.

Posted at 5:53PM on Jul 13th 2007 by Stellarpimp

13. Yup, it would be really cool to watch a movie on the PSP remotely. 10 minutes in to the movie, when the novelty has worn off and we've all shown it off to our friends, we'd ditch it like a last gen console!

Stop f'ing about with trying to beat Microsoft and concentrate on the things that matter, pleeeeeeeeease... Demos, games, some more demos and some games. Firmware 2.0 would be nice as well.

Posted at 5:55PM on Jul 13th 2007 by Ian

14. pfft, useless.

now give me a PSP redesign with two analog sticks and extra shoulder buttons! come on chop, chop Sony!

Posted at 6:39PM on Jul 13th 2007 by ryano

15. I THINK that whats good for the geese is good for the gander, some people will dig this feature, dont know why but it will be there. im more of a physical media type of guy but some uber nerds out there want to dl instead og going to best buy or the rent spot. besides yall here ms blew satellite and cable in on demand movie sales, sony wants a piece of the pie too. besides i was impressed with e3 and this holiday season and before will be bangin, i dont think this distracts or hurst sonys game division

Posted at 7:41PM on Jul 13th 2007 by pete

16. The one thing they kept saying is they're trying to do something different with movie downloads... my guess is they'll stream stuff that's on TV and radio for free in Home, but charge if you want to save to disk and watch it full-screen. It'd be interesting to see what they do with the theaters... charging for non-full-screen stuff won't fly.

Posted at 7:46PM on Jul 13th 2007 by apease

17. You guys must have slow internet. Also you can perform things in the background so you do not have yo not use your ps3. It took me 30 minutes for ninja gaiden to download

Posted at 7:48PM on Jul 13th 2007 by joey2joey

18. The Xbox 360 copy cat services are on their way "soon", and still not as good. Sony is trying too hard to go head on with Microsoft. Adding the PS Store and now trying movies. They have many other things to deal with first. Game demos and games period.

Posted at 8:18PM on Jul 13th 2007 by CJ

19. @ CJ

Do you really think a company as big as Sony can't do both at the same time.

Also you speak like a true Xbot, out of your ass. Don't comment on things as truth that are not.

Sony is doing Great in thier first party games, and as for 3rd party, thats not really sonys job. I say the more they can give us, the better!

Oh, and Ninja Gaiden took me no more then 10 minutes.

Posted at 10:54PM on Jul 13th 2007 by Jldowning

20. Wow Jldowning. Get a grip. Did Cj really hurt your feelings that much. Poor baby, go tell your mommy about it and maybe youll feel better.

Cj is just stating a fact, get over it.

And I dont believe you downloaded NGS demo in 10 minutes. Let me be the first here to say, Bull$hit.

And sony does need to get some demos and more downloadable games on the PSN, and less trailers that are easier to access from you computer. That is just a fact.

But on the subject of downloadable movies, I really dont see it being that successful. Personally I like having the movie on BD or whichever format its on, especially when I pay for it.

Posted at 1:21AM on Jul 14th 2007 by adam

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