PlayStation Video Download Store is Now Live!
The video download service is now live! It is accessible to all North American consumers through the PlayStation Store, either via PC or PlayStation 3. As mentioned previously, content purchased is fully portable, meaning you can playback these videos on both your PS3 and PSP.
Downloading will be not permitted outside the Authorized Term. In addition, once the Video Content has been downloaded from PSN, you will not be able to download it again for any reason without purchase of another copy.
On the rental side, you have 14 days to view the purchase and 24 hours to watch it after its first viewing.
For those who missed it, here is a PlayStation Video Store FAQ from earlier today:
What is the PS Video Store?
Available on the PS3, it allows you to choose over a variety of TV Shows and Movies to rent in either SD or High Definition. You can also purchase SD content to keep forever. Rentals last 14 days with a grace period of 24 hours once the content has started playing.
What systems can use it?
Available on the PS3, and also available to transfer directly to the PSP. You can also browse the store via PC for use on your PSP. Remote Play viewing is not available for downloaded content via Store purchases or rentals; the videos themselves simply don't appear when using Remote Play.
How much content is there?
As of July 15th, there is a bit less than 300 movies and over 1,200 pieces of TV show content. There is also exclusive content available from partners such as SCEI and SCEJ.
How much will it cost?
Prices will likely vary, but there seems to be some pricing guidelines in place.
Rentals are $2.99-3.99 in SD and can be upscaled using the latest 2.41 firmware. HD rentals are $5.99. SD copies can be purchased for $9.99 to $14.99.
How long are the rentals?
Rentals last 14 days with a grace period of 24 hours once the content has started playing.
Can I copy the movies to other systems aside from the PSP?
No. The videos downloaded are encrypted differently and show a title icon instead of the icons made by the user. Users cannot use custom icons on the videos.
Can I share videos like Game Sharing?
Unknown at this point.
Can videos on the PS3 be remotely viewed via PSP?
No, Remote Play does not show any videos purchased/rented via PS Video Store.
Where are all the preview options for movies?
They will be integrated with the store later this week, just like the launch of the game PS Store (even the movie Dewey Cox does not have the preview function shown at the E3 Sony conference).
Will videos be in my download history?
Videos seem to have their own separate download history icon. Rentals can only be downloaded once; after that you must repurchase to download again, unless the download was interrupted. Purchased content seems to be OK to download multiple times on the same system.
Will there be a PC store for the PSP?
Will I be able to transfer things on and off the PS3 Store and the PC Store?
It doesn't look like it. All content bought on the PC Store seems to only be activated for use on the PSP. If you buy it on the PS3, you can watch it on the PS3 and transfer it from the PS3 to the PSP. You cannot view your download history on your PC and download a PS3 purchase to your PSP. Wow, that wasn't confusing at all! :p
Can I download to an external HDD?
No, it must be on the HDD itself.
When will the store be updated?
"Weekly" according to Sony, likely on the Thursday/Friday of the regular store update.
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At first I was excited to hear about this. I saw the $3.99 price and saw that HD movies would be available. Then I realized that HD are actually $5.99 and there's no option to purchase.
I really think Sony is missing the boat here. $3.99 is sort of the tipping point for me. Maybe I'm being cheap by not wanting to fork out the extra 2 bux, but anything over that and I feel like I'm being ripped off simply because I chose to upgrade to HD equipment.
The prices aren't really competitive with, for example, Netflix whom I would assume is a major competitor. Unless I'm missing something, Netflix only charges $4.99 for a whole month of rentals (including Blu-Ray).
The final nail in the coffin as far as I'm concerned is that the videos can't be saved to an external hard drive and they can only be downloaded once. Okay, say I'm a 20GB or 40GB PS3 owner and I start purchasing videos from the store. How long before I've run out of space? Even if I'm an 80GB owner it's not very much space. I can't delete and download again later and I can't transfer to an external device.
In reality, I've already upgraded my PS3's hard drive to 500GB, but that poses another problem. A couple months ago my hard drive died (thanks Maxtor!) and it made me realize just how much it sucks to have all my data stored on an encrypted internal drive.
Now imagine having 25 or more of your favorite movies on there and your hard drive fails. Sony expects you to repurchase any of those and too bad for you. At up to $15 a movie, that's getting close to $400 out the window. No thanks!
In order to get my money, here's what Sony needs to do:
1) rent HD videos (1080P) for $3.99 and sell HD videos for $14.99
2) allow files to be stored to an external USB drive. If FAT32 can't support the file size, then add support for NTFS or FAT64. Even a "free" filesystem such as EXT2/3 would be acceptable to me -- afterall the PS3 has it's own Format feature built-in, so everyone could easily convert their drive to this format.
3) stop worrying so much about controlling the distribution of media files -- it's only making it difficult for legitimate users. If I purchase or rent a video from your store, you shouldn't be concerned with what device I want to play it on. And if you have a record that I've purchased a video from you (as you do), there should be no reason why I should have to repurchase it in order to download it again (especially onto the same device).
4) make the TV shows free. I don't care if they include commercials, but I can't believe that anyone would regularly watch these at $1.99 a show when they could just flip on the tube. The only use for this that I can see would be for that rare occasion when you happened to miss your favorite show.
Anyway, that's my take on this new service. I'd be interested to hear what other people have to say about it, especially from someone who thinks it's a great idea. Of course if you agree with me, I'd like to hear that too .
Does anyone think it would be possible to Download movie via Proxy server and links? You know what I am getting at...
Actually I think this whole "PS3 Video Store" is crap... Half the people here can get their movies using torrents, 2nd Netflix,even Blockbuster has better deals... Why not give us a subscription like... uh.. I dont know.... 14.99 for all the movies you can dl, under certain conditions of course... Give us a choice... Subscription or purchase individually...