PS3 video service goes live

After what’s been a long wait Sony’s PlayStation Network video delivery service is now live in the UK, Germany Spain and France.

In excess of 800 movies are now available with rental prices starting at 2.49. Prices start at 6.99 for those looking to purchase content outright.

Films on the service include Cars, The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe, The Dark Knight, Drag Me to Hell, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pear, Star Trek, Terminator Salvation and X-Men Origins: Wolverine.

Content updates are promised on a weekly basis. Studios on-board include Twentieth Century Fox, Walt Disney, Lionsgate, MGM, Paramount, Sony, Universal and Warner Bros.

Crucially, downloaded films can be viewed on both PS3 and PSP. Once on a user’s hard drive a 14-day window is allowed for the viewing of rented content, with a 48 hour timer activated once playback has begun.

As an introductory offer for existing PSN members those who buy Angels and Demons will be entitled to a free copy of The Da Vinci Code. Anyone who sings up to PSN for the first time between today and November 30th will get a free copy of Transformers.

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,” SCEE president and CEO Andrew Houser stated.

With the choice of content constantly expanding, including full games, bite-size downloadable minis” games, demos and now movies too, the PlayStation Network is the gateway to a world of entertainment.”

For the time being HD video content can only be rented and not purchased, though this will change in the near future.

Other European territories will receive the service through 2010.

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