Wow. The PS3 is getting HD purchases and rentals from all six major studios.
A quick search turns up that Xbox is missing Fox and, duh, Sony. Update: Xbox responds to say they've already got this stuff.
From an Xbox representative:
We have partnerships with all the major movie studios to either rent and/or purchase movies on Xbox LIVE, many available in instant-on 1080p HD streaming through Zune. We were the first and remain the only console to bring instant-on 1080p streaming movies and TV shows to consumers and offer a library of more than 25,000 pieces of content. When it comes to total entertainment experiences and value, Xbox 360 continues to lead the charge.
I also heard that PS3 can't stream.
Apparently, the claim of being first had to do with some studios having rentals only on some consoles. Bullshit, essentially. But it's nice that Sony isn't handicapping the Playstation 3 in order to protect its blu-ray business.
Sony's got deals with Fox, Disney, Paramount, Itself, Universal and Warner. I'm impressed. Now I just have to remember my login for PS network.
From Movie Theater to Home Theater: PlayStation(R)Network Delivers High Definition Movies From Six Major Movie Studios in the United States
PlayStation(R)3 Computer Entertainment System First to Have High Definition Movies for Purchase from All Major Studios
FOSTER CITY, Calif., March 9 /PRNewswire/ — Sony Computer Entertainment America (SCEA) today announced that 20th Century Fox, Walt Disney Pictures, Paramount Pictures, Sony Pictures Entertainment, Universal Pictures, and Warner Bros. Digital Distribution will offer high definition (HD) movies for purchase and rental on the PlayStation®Network video delivery service in the United States. PlayStation Network is the first to offer high definition movies for purchase from all of the major movie studios, further establishing PlayStation®3 (PS3®) as the preeminent home entertainment platform for this year's most popular and critically acclaimed high definition movies.
"Securing high definition content from these studios is another significant milestone further validating PlayStation Network as a complete entertainment network in the home. PlayStation Network is the first and only service to deliver high definition home entertainment from all six major studios, directly to consumers for download," said Peter Dille, senior vice president, marketing and PlayStation Network, SCEA. "PlayStation Network continues to offer the most comprehensive catalogue of HD movies to PlayStation Network members that realize the wide-ranging entertainment power of the PS3 system."
The PS3 system is the most complete home entertainment solution on the market today, enabling consumers to enjoy high-definition games and movies, as well as listen to music, view photos, browse the Internet and more. Today's announcement joins one of the industry's strongest home entertainment brands with the major media companies that produce and distribute a substantial number of films. At launch, the content will be available in the U.S. only, with plans to launch soon in the U.K., France, Germany, and Spain.
New titles available today on PlayStation Network include:
· 20th Century Fox – "Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian", "Jennifer's Body" and "Fantastic Mr. Fox" (on March 23)
· Walt Disney Pictures – Disney Pixar's "Up", Jerry Bruckheimer's "G-Force" and Disney's "Earth"
· Paramount Pictures – "Star Trek", "Paranormal Activity" and "Zoolander"
· Sony Pictures – "This Is It", "2012", "District 9" and "Zombieland"
· Universal – "Inglourious Basterds", "Couples Retreat" and "Public Enemies"
· Warner Bros. Digital Distribution - "The Hangover", "Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince" and "The Wizard of Oz"