Over on the other side of the pond our American cousins have had the pleasure of being able to download movies at their whim straight to their PS3 or PSP for well over a year; today, finally, Sony’s Video Delivery Service launches in the UK.
So what’s it all about? Well, by logging into PSN you’ll now have the option to browse and download over 800 movies. Sony hopes to increase their library via weekly updates – they’re already promising a whole slew (or should that be sleigh?) of Christmas movies in the coming weeks.
Users can take their pick of SD or HD and also opt to either rent or download and keep, with prices starting as low as £2.49 for a rental and £6.99 to permanently buy a movie. If you choose to rent you’ll have 14 days to watch the movie and, once you’ve started watching it, 24 hours to finish it.
Bigger releases available at launch includes Angels and Demons; Bruno; The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe; Crank 2; The Dark Knight; Dead Space: Downfall; Gran Torino; Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix; National Treasure; Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl; Public Enemies; Star Trek; Terminator Salvation; Transformers 2: Revenge of the Fallen; Valkyrie; and X-Men Origins: Wolverine – phew!
Early trials of the system show download times to be swift and video quality to be high enough to keep all but the most discerning resolution junkie happy. The biggest complaint is with the price of the more recent movies, particularly those in SD, with prices of as much as £8.99 causing plenty of complaints on Sony forums.
If the Video Delivery Service is to prosper then surely they have to bring their prices into line with the likes of Blockbusters and other rental outlets. Even better, Sony should be looking to provide a range of subscription services to allow users to pay for a set number of movies per month. Until then it might be worth checking prices elsewhere to make certain the same film isn’t available on to buy on DVD for less.