Given the rapid decline in interest for UMD’s, Sony has decided to throw their hat in the ring to take on both Apple (with iTunes) and Microsoft (Video marketplace) in the video download war with a system of their own for the PSP.
By the sounds of it, the service will be quite similar to iTunes, with users being able to download movies and then move them, via memory stick, over to their PSP. Supposedly, plans are already in the works to eventually eliminate the middle-man (your computer) so you’ll be able to download movies directly onto your PSP.
Sony has hopes to have their system up-and-running sometime early in 2007. Obviously, the first batch of movies to be released are probably going to be those released by Sony themselves… think along the lines of Spider-Man and Hitch. Apparently, Sony is currently in talks with several potential partner sites, including Amazon.com as well as both Movielink and CinemaNow.
At this point, Sony seems to be keeping tight-lipped on the project, opting instead to release the following statement:
Beyond games, PSP and PS3 both provide an exceptional opportunity for the downloading and viewing of all types of entertainment content, including movies, television shows, videos and music. As we have stated in the past, we are exploring a number of options to supply such content, including working very closely with all the entertainment divisions within the Sony family. At this time, we have not confirmed any further news regarding a potential movie download service for the PSP. You can expect to hear more about downloadable content for the PSP and the PS3 in the coming year.
We’ll have to wait and see what happens, but I think this would be an interesting service, if the price isn’t set too high! You have to think, that the PSP screen is ideal for watching movies, especially when paired alongside an iPod![via PSP Fanboy]