LONDON – 19th November 2009: Sony Computer Entertainment Europe (SCEE) further expanded its PlayStation® entertainment experience today with the launch of the PlayStation®Network video delivery service for Europe. Now available in France, Germany, Spain and the UK, with other countries to follow in 2010, the service allows film fans to download hundreds of movies, including the latest releases, straight to their PlayStation®3 (PS3™) and PSP™ (PlayStation®Portable).
More than 800 movies are available to rent (from £2.49) or to buy (from £6.99), many in High Definition* (HD) as well as Standard Definition (SD), from major movie studios including 20th Century Fox, The Walt Disney Company 1, Lionsgate, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios Inc. (MGM), Paramount Pictures, Sony Pictures, Starz Media, Universal, and Warner Bros.
Titles available within the launch window include Angels and Demons; Bruno; Disney/Pixar’s Cars; Walt Disney Pictures’ The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe; Crank 2; The Dark Knight; Dead Space: Downfall; Drag Me to Hell; 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. Additional content will be added on a weekly basis.
Content from local UK studios, Optimum Releasing, ContentFilm International and E1 Entertainment UK, will be available on the English Video Store, including the movies In the Loop and Knowing.
“The launch of the PlayStation Network video delivery service extends our entertainment offering and provides consumers with another way to access their favourite movies, whether at home or on the go,” said Andrew House, President and CEO, Sony Computer Entertainment Europe. “With the choice of content constantly expanding, including full games, bite-size downloadable “minis” games, demos and now movies too, the PlayStation Network is the gateway to a world of entertainment.”
At launch, there will be a special offer for existing PSN members, allowing them to receive a complimentary copy of The Da Vinci Code if they buy Angels and Demons. There will also be a special promotion to encourage new members. Anyone who registers for a PlayStation®Network account using their new PS3s between 19th & 30th November 2009 will receive a voucher to download a complimentary copy of Transformers to own2.
Located on the PlayStation®Store under the “Video Store” section, the PlayStation Network video delivery service provides consumers with an exceptional entertainment experience, adding HD and SD movies for rental or purchase, to the already comprehensive line-up of games, demos, trailers and other content.
The video delivery service will be fully integrated within the PlayStation Network, using the same log-in, wallet system and user-interface. Visitors can search for movies by name, or can browse categories such as “new releases”, “genres” and ”most popular downloads”. PS3’s progressive downloading allows viewers to start watching a film shortly after the download begins. They can also access certain games or other content on their PS3 while the download is taking place.
Consumers who choose to rent have up to 14 days to watch their movie, and, once playback is started, they have 48 hours to watch the content. Purchased movies are stored on the PS3 hard disk drive and can be accessed at home via PS3 or transferred to PSP for content on the go.
The PlayStation Network video delivery service takes prime position in a line-up of PlayStation entertainment features, alongside streaming music video with VidZone®, Catch Up TV services and free digital TV viewing with PlayTV™. With games, music, Internet, photos, communications and more, it’s yet another reason to make PS3 and PSP the heart of your entertainment world. To find out more, visit http://videostore.uk.playstation.com/offer_listings.htmlInitially HD content will only be available to rent
1 Content only available to rent or to buy in the UK and to rent in Germany at launch
2 The promotional code will be sent to eligible customers in December 2009.
About Sony Computer Entertainment Europe Ltd
Sony Computer Entertainment Europe (SCEE), based in London, is responsible for the distribution, marketing and sales of PlayStation®3, PlayStation®2, PSP™ (PlayStation®Portable) and PlayStation®Network software and hardware in 99 territories across Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Oceania. SCEE also develops, publishes, markets and distributes entertainment software for these formats, and manages the third party licensing programs for the formats in these territories. Since the launch of PlayStation 3 in November 2006, over 27 million units have been sold globally and continue to be sold at a record level. Maintaining its position as one of the most successful consumer electronic products in history, PlayStation 2 has sold over 140 million systems worldwide. Since its launch at the end of 2004, over 55.9 million PSPs have been sold globally, highlighting the importance of the portable entertainment market. With the huge increase in interest and accessibility of network applications and network gaming, over 31 million accounts have registered to PlayStation Network, the free-to-access interactive environment, and over 650 million items have been downloaded.
More information about PlayStation products can be found at www.playstation.com or visit the Virtual Press Office at www.scee.presscentre.com.
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About E1 Entertainment
E1 Entertainment (AIM: ETO) is a leading independent entertainment content owner that acquires film, television and music rights and exploits these rights in all media in more than 190 countries.
The company currently operates in Canada, the U.S., the UK, Holland and Belgium through its four primary businesses units: E1 Television, E1 Films, E1 Music and E1 Distribution. These businesses collectively represent E1’s extensive expertise in film distribution, television and music production/distribution, Kids content, Licensing and Distribution.
E1’s content library includes more than 3,700 feature films, 2,700 hours of original television programming and 15,000 music tracks.
About ContentFilm International (CFI)
ContentFilm International (CFI) is the worldwide film and library sales arm of ContentFilm plc. CFI specializes in high quality and commercial feature films, and is able to assist film producers in securing finance. Content handles worldwide sales, marketing, and publicity on all titles. The recently formed Feature Film Library arm also manages international sales on over 160 titles.
Recent CFI productions include the violent medieval action thriller IRONCLAD starring James Purefoy and Paul Giamatti and Award winning crew, from Hitman director Xavier Gens comes the Post Apocalyptic Action Thriller THE FALLOUT, Philip Ridley’s HEARTLESS starring Jim Sturgess, wildly acclaimed BALIBO starring Anthony LaPaglia is a thriller based on true events, THE WINNING SEASON with Sam Rockwell and Emma Roberts, the Academy Award ® Winner for Best Foreign Film DEPARTURES, EXTRACT starring Jason Bateman and Mila Kunis from cult director Mike Judge, Academy Award ® winner Andrea Arnold’s FISH TANK presented in the Official Selection at Cannes this year, Rock n’ Roll documentary narrated by Jonny Depp WHEN YOU’RE STRANGE: A STORY ABOUT THE DOORS, THE MESSENGER with Ben Foster and Woody Harrelson, winner of the Silver Bear in Berlin for best Screenplay, Glendyn Ivin’s LAST RIDE starring Hugo Weaving which premiered in Toronto, the explosive thriller THE TECHNICIAN, the action horror OUTPOST: BLACK SUN, MATCHING JACK directed by Nadia Tass and starring James Nesbitt, Bobcat Goldthwait’s WORLD’S GREATEST DAD starring Robin Williams, LOVE THE BEAST directed by Eric Bana, GAIA directed by Jason Lehel, BARBARIAN PRINCESS starring Q’orianka Kilcher, Barry Pepper and Shaun Evans, ‘fast-paced action thriller HORSE and Academy Award ® nominated actor William H. Macy makes his directorial debut with KEEP COMING BACK.
Completed films include Toby Wilkins' brilliant horror 'Splinter', ‘Poppy Shakespeare’ starring Naomie Harris, intense suspense thriller 'The Killing Room' with Academy Award ® nominated Chloe Sevigny, 'August' starring Josh Hartnett, Peter Greenaway’s ‘Nighwatching’, Richard Attenborough's 'Closing the Ring', the cult UK horror 'Outpost', Paul Verhoeven's 'Black Book' and Jason Reitman's 'Thank You For Smoking' .
Some of the latest library titles include the erotic comedy drama ‘Sirens’ starring Hugh Grant, the Nick Broomfield collection which includes ‘Kurt and Courtney’, ‘The Pervert’s Guide to Cinema’ directed by Sophie Fiennes, the acclaimed ‘Shooting Dogs’ and many more.
CFI attends all major markets and festivals including Cannes, Venice, Toronto, Sundance, AFM and Berlin. CFI is being managed in an executive capacity by Jamie Carmichael, President of ContentFilm International.