Canadian PSN Video Store This Year?


As a long-time Canadian (never anything else) and a long-time PS3 owner (since launch day), I’ve been waiting a long time for a decent online video rental service. Americans have a plethora of choices, most of which don’t work here. I can use iTunes, I guess, but I don’t want to watch movies on my Mac or hook up my Mac to my HDTV every time.

I want a nice, easy, simple to use solution. With lots of variety (unlike Rogers OnDemand) and decent prices (also unlike Rogers OnDemand). (Rogers is my cable company.)

Gosh, look, I have a PS3 sitting right there. It does online video rental! If you’re in the USA, Great Britain, Germany, or France (or others?). But not in Canada. Gaaaa!

Whenever a post is put up on the official PlayStation blog about video content, one of the first responses is always to ask about the video store coming to Canada.

Well Tosh put me in touch with someone at Sony Canada, so of course that’s the first thing I asked him. What did he say? His exact words? “Video store will come Canada this year.” Can I have a WOOT? I know that’s up to eleven months of waiting still ahead of me. But at least I know the progress bar has an end, unlike of one of those circular never-ending ones.


Written by: Blackstaffer - News Contributor


  1. #1 by jtpxp00 on January 27th, 2010

    It’s about time. I’ve been waiting too long for this.

  2. #2 by Trieloth on January 27th, 2010 [ 3426 Points ]

    Congrats!

  3. #3 by Marc Grondin on January 27th, 2010

    Good stuff this is great news…i kinda figured it would happen this year but nice to have official word. thanx for sharing.

  4. #4 by Ceidz on January 27th, 2010

    Finally !
    You live in Ontario ?

  5. #5 by Blackstaffer on January 27th, 2010 [ 7211 Points ]

    Yes I do.

  6. #6 by Parapraxis on January 27th, 2010

    Most likely you can thank the CRTC for such a long wait.

  7. #7 by Dave on January 27th, 2010

    thats awesome! i wonder if there will be french and english tho

  8. #8 by Steve on January 27th, 2010

    F-I-N-A-L-L-Y-!

  9. #9 by Aaron Young on January 27th, 2010

    Here’s another interesting tidbit that is related:

    http://www.facebook.com/home.php?#/topic.php?uid=6069828917&topic=14209

    I was trying to start a petition on the Playstation Canada facebook page, Mark from Sony and I had a discussion and he’s looking into a Canadian PSBlog.

  10. #10 by TixSoul on January 28th, 2010

    Well! Let me shout from Italy! We need and want this service too here in Italy!!! UK, Germany and France got it! I really think we live in a jurrassic country! C’mon Sony give us what we want!!! :-(

  11. #11 by mcloki on January 28th, 2010 [ 2355 Points ]

    I find it surprising that Canada isn’t the first country blessed with an e-store. Canadians have high internet penetration rates, high income, and consume digital media like it is going out of style.
    As a company you’re just hurting your quarterly profits by not opening as quick as you can in Canada.

    If you’re Canadian just look at your itunes account for how much you’ve purchased legally and how much you’ve illegally downloaded.
    Anecdotally I can tell you Canadians illegally download a lot. Just something i heard.

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  14. #14 by The Truth on February 5th, 2010

    The CRTC is only part of the problem, Sony is a bigger problem!! THEY DONT RESPECT CANADIANS!! Xbox live marketplace has been renting Movies, Shows etc for yrs now!! I have both systems, & yes the crtc requested some Canadian content be available on the marketplace but that didn’t hold Microsoft from getting canadians product, Sony on the other hand has just been blatant about it!! I’m on the verge of launching a class action suit against them if this doesn’t come out by the end of the year!!

  15. #15 by Ceidz on February 6th, 2010 [ 33980 Points ]

    The Truth: I’m on the verge of launching a class action suit against them if this doesn’t come out by the end of the year!!  

    Come on…

  16. #16 by Micro007 on April 11th, 2010

    About time.

    I spend close to 200 bucks a month on DLC from the PS Store.

    Movies would just add to my downloading cart!

    I didn’t upgrade to a 500GB HDD for nothing.

    I want to download hilarious stoner movies while getting stoned with my ps3!


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