Lovefilm debuts on PlayStation 3

Subscription-based movie streaming service arrives on the PlayStation 3.

Sony's PlayStation 3 has offered European users a range of options for downloading and streaming video content over the Web including the PSN Store, Mubi, and BBC iPlayer. One thing that was missing was a third-party commercial service equivalent to the long-standing American Netflix offering. Sony today addressed that complaint by adding Lovefilm to the XMB. Confirmed in October this year, the service will allow PlayStation 3 owners access to Lovefilm’s online streaming library, which includes just under 2,000 films from several big name studios, including Sony, Warner Brothers and Paramount.

Lovefilm's service running on a Samsung 55C8000, courtesy of CNET UK.
PS3 users can access the service via an update to their PS3s, which adds Lovefilm to the XMB. The download allows Lovefilm subscribers with an active Internet connection on their consoles to begin streaming as soon as they sign in and activate their accounts. As well as streaming movies, the new application allows users to order DVDs for delivery at home.

Lovefilm has also promised that in addition to the “thousands” of movies available to stream, it will be offering several exclusive deals and trials for PlayStation users. Subscription prices start from £5.99 a month, which will give users two hours of online time, rising to £9.99, which will grant unlimited access.

Though Lovefilm access is currently only available on the PS3, Xbox 360 users can rent films from Microsoft's Zune Marketplace, as well as music for £8.99 a month. They can also access Sky's Sky Player service from the console, complete with movies and TV shows, if they hold a Sky subscription.

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18 comments
coruscant
coruscant

Oh no, it is two hours. That's stupid.

coruscant
coruscant

Isn't it two movies, not two hours?

finallyalex
finallyalex moderator

@buft You can on PS3, as noted above. You can't on 360 as yet as the stumbling block has been Microsoft wanting it to be a Gold-exclusive service, and the BBC insisting that it being paid-for would violate the spirit of the licence fee.

buft
buft

the zune marketplace is overpriced, im a sky subscriber and i use that for free because i already have multiroom but i would love to watch newer movies for a regular subscription like netflix or lovefilm. also considering gold users have to pay for what is essentially free on a pc content it would be nice if UK users could get free TV content like BBC iPlayer.

finallyalex
finallyalex moderator

@SolidTy Thanks. I can see why you might think the 360 bit was out of place, but when talking about services on any one console, it seems sensible to mention equivalent services offered by the competition to give balance. If it hadn't been mentioned, there would have been an equal number of people shouting about how we were trying to pretend only the PS3 had paid-for video streaming services.

finallyalex
finallyalex moderator

@firebladedx What? I mean, seriously, what? It's merely setting out the general state of the market, and not making value judgments. @SolidTy I refer you to the very first sentence. "Sony's PlayStation 3 has offered European users a range of options for downloading and streaming video content over the Web including the PSN Store, Mubi, and BBC iPlayer."

Phil-teh-Pirate
Phil-teh-Pirate

£5.99 a month? For two hours of online time? I hope that's a daily limit. But what about movies like Lord of the Rings and Pirates of the Caribbean, or old epics like "The Greatest Story Ever Told". Are we supposed to watch it in parts? I'd rather just get it off the PSN video store. Or you know...watch it some other way *cough*

Dynamo11
Dynamo11

Not to turn this into a console war comment but, I'm glad Sony understands we don't all live inside the home nation, Japan and gives us in the UK ALL the services advertised. Microsoft on the other hand, well.... let's just say I'm still waiting for Netflix (LoveFilm).

firebladedx
firebladedx

Gamespot reminds me of a 12 year old 360 fanboy "Well...but...yea, ok ok, you can do that....BUT 360 can do this so its better!!!!!!"

Dominicobaggio
Dominicobaggio

Didnt notice this when i signed in. Strange, but i already have a love film subscription and they have been telling me they aim to do this, also said they would notify me when its ready, havent done that either!!! One thing i can say, when i tried streaming love film off the net during the world cup it was slow... hope its better or it was maybe just because they had offered free net access to everyone over the world cup time. Well, have to check this out tomorrow see if its on in the uk yet.

Masterclass2006
Masterclass2006

Nice dig at the end of the article. Not xbox biased to much, eh?

UltimateRAGEX
UltimateRAGEX

I think the Lovefilm service on PS3 will be better than Microsoft's Zune.

kavadias1981
kavadias1981

I have a lovefilm subscription which allows me to stream through my Bravia, so I just tried streaming it through my PS3 instead, to make a comparison. Doesn't seem to be too much difference although I noticed that image quality was slightly less. Some great stuff on there though, and it does get updated weekly. It just got I am Legend and V for Vendetta, I love those movies.

willywils
willywils

@Noia82- Well you're paying for it so you have to say that.

MooncalfReviews
MooncalfReviews

If Lovefilm also did streaming rental for games as well as movies, this would be tempting me to get a PS3 right now. Renting games is the new pre-owned.

mattcake
mattcake

Couldnt care less - I have a (quite modest nowadays) 50" plasma, and I wouldnt dare put a low quality streaming signal into it. If you want HD quality you have to go bluray (or stream 1080p from your media server) :D

Noia82
Noia82

What can i say...XBL is so much better!

SicklySunStorm
SicklySunStorm

nice - may have to look into this. It's been a long time coming.