PSN video service launches in Australia

Sony finally unveils PSN Video Delivery Service for Australia; service starts this Thursday with 600 movies available to rent or buy in SD or HD.

While UK gamers have been buying and renting movies from the PlayStation Network since November last year, it's taken five months for Aussie gamers to finally do the same. Australians will now be able to download standard-definition and high-definition movies from the PSN following today's launch of the Video Delivery Service in Australia.

Sony Computer Entertainment Australia (SCEA) announced the service will officially begin operating in Australia this Thursday, May 20 at 1 a.m. AEST with over 600 launch titles, including Avatar, Capote, Dreamland, Inglourious Basterds, Up in the Air, Sherlock Holmes, and Surrogates.

Here's what the PSN Video Delivery Service will look like when it launches.

Gamers will be able to either rent the films in SD or HD from AU$3.99 for a period of 14 days or purchase them outright from AU$7.99 in SD. Once purchased, films can be downloaded directly to the PlayStation 3 or PSP. SCEA confirmed that the PSN's video store will be updated weekly, with 50 or so new films every month.

Managing director of SCEA Michael Ephraim said the delay in bringing the service to Australia was due to the time it took the publisher to acquire the correct local content and fine-tune the service.

As in other regions, the video service will be fully integrated within the PSN, using the same login, wallet system and user interface. Gamers can search for movies by name or genre or by categories like new releases and most popular downloads; films will play shortly after the downloading process begins, and gamers will also be able to access other content on the PS3 during the download.

Those who choose to rent have up to 14 days to watch a film; once playback is started gamers will have 48 hours to watch their selection. Purchased films are stored on the PS3 hard disk drive and can also be transferred to the PSP.

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CellAnimation
CellAnimation

I decided to give the PSN Video Store a try to check the quality versus the iTunes Store. My experience is as follows; Most movies are avaialble from the iTunes store for the exact same price. It seems to take ages to authenticate a rental download. I'm talking minutes. Speed is a major issue IMHO. Before anyone has a crack about my internet speed I'm in Melbourne and my ADSL2+ connection sits on 10-12Mb/s. The download speed from the PSN Store is atrocious. I've got 2 rentals downloading now and I'd be amazed if I could watch them before tonight. On the itunes store they'd both be downloaded by now (and I'm only 6% of the way through the first). I'm not sure if there is a watch while it downloads option like you get with the AppleTV _but_ with these speeds it wouldn't really matter. Finally the store is unstable. It actually locked up on me while I was checking out some of the features. I had to reset the console as pressing O would not back me out of the store. Not a hard lock up though, the PS button still worked. All in all I'm not too impressed with the store as it is. I'd like my media delivered fast, and ready to stream within a few seconds like I get with my AppleTV. I'll edit my post once a movie has actually finished downloading... :roll: Now on to the playback; looks fine. Just the same as Apple's video. It's also worth noting that movies will download in the background while another 1 is playing. Downloads will pause if you're playing a game though. If the videos would download faster I'd have no issues recommending the service _but_ as it is now... WAY TOO SLOW!!!

CellAnimation
CellAnimation

My ISP allows me to download movies from the Apple iTunes store and not have it count towards my cap. Until there is a deal with Sony I'm sticking with iTunes. HD files are too big, and caps too small. Pricing seems exactly the same when compared to iTunes, just more of the same really. I'm all for online services like this, but Australian internet needs to grow out of this capped BS. :)

musical_au
musical_au

Most of the big titles are $24 to buy. Batman (tim) $17 it is cheaper to buy the blue ray

musical_au
musical_au

I was going to rent Sherlock Holmes tonight but its only to buy. I'm a bit annoyed that only some are to rent.

comachrissie
comachrissie

Sony's taking a little longer to do things others are already doing, but it seems to be with a better, cheaper result imo.

nap_time
nap_time

Can't we get this in Canada already? And if it's that much trouble for Sony, can Microsoft at least give it to us?

suprsolider
suprsolider

It's not fair, how come Canada still doesn't get the PSN video service.

volume_three
volume_three

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smooth40
smooth40

@Maersyndel Agreed, I'm assuming this is a 100% profit for Sony, might be some other parties getting a cut like the movie studios, though with BD other than Sony movie releases and the possible cut they get from co founding BD technology, surely digital distribution is more profitable for Sony. I am just going to stick to hiring BD from the video store, its about the same price anyway and I dont have to wait for the download and more selection. This is a half assed attempt, without HD I see no point.

Maersyndel
Maersyndel

@smooth40 I'm guessing because it would compete with BD. Shame though, since I'd love some HD movies to keep.

02050muh
02050muh

funny how HD movie is cheaper than MW2 stimulus pack

smooth40
smooth40

Why cant we keep a HD version of the movie, who in the hell wants SD, especially when you have a HD capable machine providing the service, doesn't make sense. Before anyone mentions HDD space, upgrade and it's no longer an issue. Bandwidth get a better internet plan, I have 130GB and am willing to download HD just like on my PC.

smooth40
smooth40

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Abecale
Abecale

YESS!! FINALLY! It only took about 3 years but it happened!

AcidBlood83
AcidBlood83

Sweet, now I just gotta wait 7-8 months to get a decent internet connection.

mattro11
mattro11

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Maersyndel
Maersyndel

Wuflungdung: Pricing is in the article. Sounds good to me.

Wuflungdung
Wuflungdung

wonder what the pricing will be, I dont see the point if it isnt cheaper than buying a dvd and they are getting pretty bloody cheap these days.

shani_boy101
shani_boy101

This better not mean an extra icon to clutter up my XMB. neat feature nonetheless.

armorbreaker
armorbreaker

Cool, gonna try this feature see how it is.

Totalgym9000
Totalgym9000

Good know more over due late fees at vid stores :)

DarkDamo
DarkDamo

It's good that we are finally getting features that have been around for ages.....bad because the service is going to suck for us because of our stupidly slow internet and low monthly usage quota.

clixshper
clixshper

Another way for me to become even more lazier...and the video shop is just 2 mins away by car...when will it all end! :D

benboz
benboz

This is awesome news. At least you can buy the movies as well. Can't wait.