In America at first, Europe and Japan later.
Having been told on the PlayStation Blog that that in-game XMB is coming soon alongside Trophies it seems too good to be true that film downloads on the PlayStation Network would be confirmed within the same week. That’s exactly what the just-published Sony Group Corporate Strategy Update FY2008—FY2010 has revealed, though.
The report explains that Sony plans to make film downloads available via its network services, including the PlayStation Network sooner than many (including I) expected.
“We are planning to expand services that will enable our customers to enjoy content such as motion pictures and television programming through the network on a variety of Sony products such as Bravia LCD TVs, PS3, PSP and Walkman video music players“.
The interesting line regarding the PS3 is Sony’s promise to “roll out video services across key Sony products by FY2010, starting with the summer 2008 launch on the PlayStation Network.
Interestingly, come November the film Hancock is to be made available as a direct download to internet-connected Bravia TVs – before the DVD release. Apparently this is an industry first and we don’t doubt the claim.
Sadly only America is mentioned in the report, but Japan and, more importantly for us, Europe are on the schedule to see similar services in due course.
It may not be long before, instead of going to Blockbusters (other film-rental chains are doubtless available) in real life, you can head over the PlayStation Home-based equivalent a rent out a virtual film downloaded to your PS3.
Sony report (PDF, be advised!).