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No movie companies yet signed for PS3 download service

Apart from Sony Pictures, no official partnerships inked, says report

Following yesterday's announcement that the PlayStation 3 will soon feature a movie download service, a report has suggested that no movie companies have yet inked an official deal with Sony.

Although Sony has been in talks with all the major movie distributors, Variety reports that only it's own film division – Sony Pictures – is a definite for the service.

"Sources at numerous major studios confirmed to me that while they have all talked to Sony, none have yet made a deal. The only one that's definitely on board so far is, for obvious reasons, Sony Pictures," writes Variety reporter Ben Fritz.

Sony said yesterday that the PlayStation 3 would be the first product to benefit from video services, with plans to expand video to other products by 2010 – offering an indication that the handheld PSP could be next on the list.

Variety suggests that users could transfer movie downloads from the PS3 to the PSP, as well as content copied from Blu-ray discs.

Microsoft already has a head start with a similar download service for the Xbox 360, with partners such as Paramount, National Geographic, MTV and Warner Bros. offering movies and TV shows.

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Matt Martin joined GamesIndustry in 2006 and was made editor of the site in 2008. With over ten years experience in journalism, he has written for multiple trade, consumer, contract and business-to-business publications in the games, retail and technology sectors.