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VUDU Confirmed; Available Next Week |

A week or so ago, I mentioned that VUDU might be coming to the PS3. Turns out, the rumors were true, except it will be here sooner than expected. The service, which offers HD movies for purchase/rent, will make the PS3 the only home console to support it.

The service is pay-as-you-go, as opposed to a subscription service like Netflix. The app will be free to download for all PS3 users connected to the PSN. Here are a few more details:

Once you’ve downloaded the app, you’ll see it appear in the XMB under the “Video” icon and from there, will have access to thousands of movie titles – available for instant viewing in HD and HDX 1080p formats with no buffering or downloading, and with Dolby Digital Plus 5.1 Surround Sound. Many of the hit movies are available for rental or purchase right when they are released to DVD and Blu-ray, giving you the most instant access when you want it.

It looks like the PS3 is really picking up steam on media services.


  • rahreahbreahreah

    What’s up with all this monthly and annual fee bullshit lately. Or this rent or buy services. Where is the free shit like skype

  • Legion213

    You won’t get “Free” when it comes to entertainment. Unless you want to sit through ads every 15 minutes when you are watching a movie. I’m pretty sure Hulu and Netflix services need to pay in order to provide you with content. They are not going to just eat that and let you watch for free.

    Looking at the picture provided, 4-10 dollars per movie? That is a bit steep when there are other ways to enjoy the same content. I can pay for Netflix and watch as many movies or TV shows that I want streaming or have sent to my house for 9 bucks a month. I’m not going to pay half of that for 1 movie. Is it really worth paying that much to watch newer movies instantly as opposed waiting a few days for it to arrive in the mail? I suppose if you don’t really watch a lot of movies it might be cheaper to go that route. If I really wanted to see a movie, I’m more likely willing to own it and I’ll just go buy it at a store. The digital download just hasn’t hit me yet as being necessary. I prefer to have something tangible, that can be taken to a friends house and watched on any TV/computer with a blu ray player. Anything else I’m interested in watching, I’ll wait for it be available on Netflix.

    Until they have 1 universal service, where I can login, buy a movie and watch it through any medium I see fit. Then I’d consider buying into digital. But when I buy a movie on the PS3 and I only own that movie on the PS3. I’m not able to watch this movie I own through some other medium or someone else’s PS3. That’s retarded. It would be stupid for anyone to buy a movie that way. Unless the prices were a fraction of what they cost to buy the movie in store. Unfortunately that’s not the case. Maybe that’s just me though.

  • lemme guess… US only?

    these paid-services should be free for PSN+ members.. or at least with a discount.

  • @rahreahbreahreah I see your point, but I think it’s a fight with MS for content, if they start getting things first they will pull more users to the PS3 which generates money. Sure Skype or Xross Game Chat would be fun but I think they want things that drive revenue first.

    @Gibb Yeah I do see that this is for the USA only at least for now, but how do you figure paying $50 for something and now getting games and movies for free? Seriously?

  • @Legion213 “I’ll wait for it be available on Netflix.” You’ll be waiting for a while. Netflix gets a lot of their bigger movies later then the actual DVD release date for stores and then it still takes time for the movie to be available, since there’s always a “Long Wait”. And, the instant streaming movies have been junk lately.

    As for the digital download service on the PS3 and now VUDU, its great if your just trying to rent a movie for the evening… But if your paying $19.99, you might as well just buy the blu-ray.

  • @Luke you’re right, free is a bit exaggerated (one can dream).. but Sony could make a deal with vudu (or other content providers) and give PSN+ members a better price, making it more attractive to buy a Plus membership.

  • Jay

    the price for rentals and purchases are pretty much on par with other similar services, including the PS3 video store.

    And since this is third party, it would be harder to strike a deal to make things cheaper for PS+ subscribers anyway.

    EDIT: also of note, you might be able to view your purchases/rentals on other devices as well (such as the PC or any other VUDU device), assuming it runs off an account system, in which it looks like it does.

  • Available in Canada?

    All PS3 users, so I assume so. ;D

    Netflix is great for Americans wanting to catch up on there TV shows or old movies. Not as great for Canadians, imo anyway. Soooo many shows and even really old movies are not available to us. Really old, good movies. *cry*

  • kennygk

    Yes, us Canadians have it tough. First we have to ride our polar bears to school and then we had to wait for the video store only to get a mediocre selection of shows and movies.