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July 27, 2005, 4:21 pm
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PSP video download service launches in Japan
Rob Fahey 17:39 27/07/2005
Paid-for multimedia content on the way to the PSP - in the Far East, at
Sony has launched the first phase of a new service which will provide
Japanese consumers with downloadable video content for the PlayStation
Portable - starting with free content, but moving on to paid-for TV
Called Portable TV, the service is being operated through Sony's ISP
company, So-net, and takes advantage of the inclusion of the high quality
H.264 video playback functionality in the new PSP firmware which was
Initially, around 100 free downloads will be available, including trailers
and independent movies, but the company plans to introduce content ranging
from TV episodes to movies and music videos in paid-for format shortly.
Each download will clock in at around 256Mb for a 30 minute segment, and
pricing details have not yet been announced. Users will be able to brows the
Portable TV site directly from their PSPs thanks to today's addition of a
web browser function to the hardware.
The move follows the addition of the ATRAC3plus music format to the PSP,
also in today's firmware upgrade, which will enable users to purchase music
from Sony's Connect Music Store for playback on the PSP.
As yet, however, they cannot browse the music store on their consoles - but
that's functionality which seems likely to be added in the near future.
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