Sony inks UK Lovefilm streaming deal

Subscription-based movie delivery service coming to UK PlayStation 3s this year; approximately 2,000 films at launch, with TV shows to follow in 2011.

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When in July movie rental and streaming service Lovefilm inked a deal with Widevine, a streaming media firm specialising in DRM that works across multiple devices, it was widely rumoured that a console-based delivery platform was on the way. These rumours were today confirmed, as Sony Computer Entertainment Europe confirmed that Lovefilm was coming to the PlayStation 3 in the UK.

Lovefilm's service running on a Samsung 55C8000, courtesy of CNET UK.

The service will sit directly in the XMB, giving subscribers to Lovefilm's movie rental service the ability to stream films online to their PS3s. It is the second such deal Lovefilm has agreed to with Sony; in March, a service was rolled out enabling those with advanced Bravia-series Sony televisions connected to the Internet to access the firm's streaming services. Talking to GameSpot, Lovefilm confirmed that it was "very confident" that the service would launch by the end of 2010.

The services operate at standard resolution and are available on an unlimited basis to those on all but the lowest Lovefilm packages. The £5.99 a month package will give users two hours of online time, while those on the £7.99 a month plan get four hours. Those paying £9.99 or more get unlimited access. Lovefilm does not, however, offer the full range of movies available via the firm's online pay-per-view services or postal DVD and Blu-ray offerings--just under 2,000 titles will be available at launch, which represents approximately three per cent of the firm's library. This should expand to approximately six per cent next year once the firm rolls out TV episodes that are currently available through its Web-based online service.

Lovefilm confirmed to GameSpot that it will not be offering its pay-per-view service on the PS3 given that Sony already offers such a service via the PlayStation store. The company also confirmed that it has plans to start streaming movies in high definition but that there was currently no time frame for this.

Discussion

29 comments
buying1999
buying1999

Well since it can't beat 360 at games it's got to try and justify it's existence somehow right? Powwa of da cell for streaming video. ROFL

Geon106
Geon106

This is great news, i love my Lovefilm subscription. Not brought a game since I signed up to it. I can't wait, but I do hope it's easier to search through titles than it is on their website as it's not particularly easy

Pugberto3122
Pugberto3122

I'm still hoping to get Netflix in the UK to be honest. I wouldn't want some cheap knock off.

flint101_7
flint101_7

i still think Sky should approach the PS3 or get Virgin media on demand :D

kavadias1981
kavadias1981

@MystikRex Oh right. I don't have a 360 so I wasn't aware of that. Doesn't seem worth using a 360 these days if they have such a tatty service and for a yearly subscription too.

jarvis008
jarvis008

This is good news. I'm already a lovefilm customer on a £9.99 package so this is just a cool bonus.

neuroboy
neuroboy

£5.99 for two hours a month? That's just one film, in standard definition. Why on earth would anyone bother? I think I'll stick to renting Blu-Rays from my local Schlockbusters thank you very much... usually just £10 for 4 films for a week. No waiting for downloads, no reduced quality, no glitches or failures due to wireless packet loss and no broadband bandwidth usage. Shop around in the sales and you can buy a used Blu-Ray for £5.99!

LeoLex_
LeoLex_

Good idea...but "MOVIEDATABASE.COM" is awesome for PS3

Rigour_Mortise
Rigour_Mortise

nah i'd still rather have the blu ray/dvds, I dont trust my internet connection enough to stream full films

Joker_268
Joker_268

Wow finally something for the UK.

Ardiendo_1
Ardiendo_1

Eh it's okay I guess although Lovefilm saves a lot of money by not sending hard copies of films out to it's customers and that should be reflected in the price. If a package arrived that was cheaper but only included the movies online that can be streamed I'd consider it. As it stands this move may save a little time but it only really saves Lovefilm any money and if you have a HDTV why bother streaming it in SD when it is so simple and no extra cost to have them send you a blu-ray movie?

IAmTheSaladMan
IAmTheSaladMan

Good news, I was thinking of cancelling my Lovefilm account as I don't use it as often as I should but this makes me reconsider.

danielkennedy91
danielkennedy91

Sony looks after their customers, they remembered to include us in the UK and PS3 never fails us, Microsoft however seems to hate their UK customers by ignoring us and giving us faulty consoles

Dynamo11
Dynamo11

Wow, Microsoft miss out cause they CONSTANTLY ignore us in the UK.... nice one Sony, definitely a good idea.

heds777
heds777

Good news, definatly a step in the right direction.

stu_gamer
stu_gamer

Why stream standard defenition movies from a limited percentage of the lovefilm library for a limited time when I can just order a any blu ray movie from love film? I think ill wait untill they start streaming HD movies then I might consider this. Good news though I guess.

MystikRex
MystikRex

@kavadias1981 Because Microsoft barely give us UK owners anything. Last.fm (only available with Gold membership) and Sky Player are all I can think of. The price of Gold has risen yet nothing new is coming as far as I know.

ReD_FeLony
ReD_FeLony

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kavadias1981
kavadias1981

@blackace Aye, you're right, it is pretty much the same as Netflix. Even the price is almost identical. As well as streaming the movies as often as I like, I rent the latest Blu-ray movies from them. Generally about 2 BD movies per week, so that makes around 8 movies per month and the vast library on the streaming service to satisfy in between their arrivals. A great deal for 9.99 per month. Btw guys, how did you manage to turn this report into a dig against M$?

Blue_fin
Blue_fin

finally something good for all the Brits out here. time to cancel my blockbuster subscription from this christmas ::D:D its a gooooodddd move from sony since everything nowadays is online,

LondonGamer986
LondonGamer986

MS need to start broadening their horizons and stop catering solely for US customers.... We Want LOVEFILM on X360 in the UK. US have Netflix, Give us Brits this!

blackace
blackace

The UK version of Netflix I presume. This is good for those gamers overseas. The only thing that sucks is you have to pay the full monthly service to be able to watching any movie you want at any time. Otherwise you only get like 2 movies a month. I think Netflix is better overall.

MystikRex
MystikRex

Come on Microsoft you could learn a thing or two from Sony here. Give us UK 360 owners something good! All we have worth mentioning is Sky Player which isn't HD and is a rip-off if you aren't already a Sky customer.

Hanzoadam
Hanzoadam

Thats cool though I dont watch many movies :?

kavadias1981
kavadias1981

Aye, I have subscribed to this service on my Bravia, so using it on my PS3 wont be that different. It is very good though. Sure there are plenty of dud movies, but there are a fair share of blockbusters there too, not to mention some fantastic classics that I would have never considered watching before.