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Sony Expands on PS3 Online Cinema Service MUBI at the Cannes

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223w ago - A few days ago the PS3's new online cinema MUBI was first introduced, and today Sony's Content Producer Barry Keating has expanded on it at the Cannes.

To quote: Sun, sea, sand and overpriced club sandwiches - welcome to Cannes folks, home of one of the most prestigious film festivals in the world and the perfect place to announce MUBI.

A veritable who's who of the best of independent, classic and foreign films and a brand new on-demand entertainment service that lets you kick back and soak up the sights and sounds of international cinema right from the comfort of your sofa on PlayStation 3.

Taking place at the plush Majestic Barriere located on the boulevard de la Croisette in Cannes the panel included SCEE President Andrew House, MUBI founder and CEO Efe Cakeral along with special guest and 'Ancestor of French New Wave cinema', Agnes Varda (on hilarious and flying form!) and Hengameh Panahi, Founder and President of Celluloid Dreams, an international production and distribution company at the heart of MUBI and its ability to bring the best of independent cinema your way via PS3.

Fielding questions from a room of film media from the likes of The...
 

Sony Expands PlayStation Network ID, PSN Wallet to More Devices

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242w ago - At CES 2010 in Las Vegas, Kaz Hirai confirmed Sony's plan to expand PlayStation Network beyond the PS3 and PSP to their other products, including Bravia televisions and VAIO laptops.

With over 38 million-strong in the PlayStation Network community, [Register or Login to view links] reports that Sony's premium video offerings will mimic Microsoft's Live Anywhere philosophy... a single user ID and password will work across all Sony products and services.

Additionally, the PSN virtual wallet can be used universally across Sony's services.

To quote: "To help facilitate the cross-proliferation of content across Sony's multiple devices, Hirai also announced the creation of a new division within Sony: the not-very-creatively named Sony Network Entertainment, Inc.

With this new initiative, expect the PSN logo to be far more ubiquitous than ever before."
 

SCE Asia Expands PlayStation Market to Indonesia

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256w ago - SCE Asia President Tetsuhiko Yasuda has announced plans for expansion today to bring Sony's PlayStation product line to Indonesia.

According to Kotaku, beginning this October Sony Computer Entertainment Asia will begin selling the 120GB PlayStation 3, the PSP and the PSPgo to Indonesian customers.

To quote: "Starting this October, the PS3, PSP and PSPgo will be available for Rp4,499,000; Rp2,599,000 and Rp3,599,000 respectively (including tax).

Indonesia is the latest country SCE Asia has expanded into. Other SCE Asia subsidiary markets include Hong Kong, Taiwan, Thailand, Singapore, South Korea and Malaysia."
 

Demon's Souls Pre-order Bonus Expands, Includes Full Soundtrack

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265w ago - Today Atlus' Manager of Public Relations and Sales Aram Jabbari has announced that Demon's Souls pre-order PS3 bonus has expanded, and now includes a full soundtrack.

To quote: As you may already know, we're offering fans who pre-order either version of the game (Standard or Deluxe, at participating retailers only) a full-color, 40-page art book featuring sketches, designs, and renders that wonderfully show off the game's gritty medieval aesthetic.

On its own, this is a pretty nice bonus (says the publisher offering it), considering it is being thrown in at no additional cost to the customer, but we've recently decided to take things a step further.

In addition to the art book, fans who pre-order will now ALSO receive the game's FULL soundtrack CD. That's right, we're going to throw 24 tracks (about 71 minutes) of music into the pre-order bonus as well. And if you've ever heard the game in action, you likely know that the music is haunting, atmospheric, sweeping, and orchestral.

Don't worry, people who have already pre-ordered: the music disc is secured on the back inside cover of the art book, so you won't miss out!

So, whether you reserve (at participating retailers) the Standard edition of the game, which would net you the game, art...
 

Redbox Expands Into Video Games

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273w ago - Redbox, the automated DVD rental kiosk company, has announced that they have hired their first "senior level videogames executive," and plan to expand into video game rentals this summer.

"Our customers and retail partners have been really clamoring for video games, and Redbox is responding," added Mark Achler, Redbox's new VP of video games.

"We are very actively engaged in putting out a video game offering. There are changing demographics, where we see the casual market continuing to open as more women become involved."

The tricky part now is pricing. Redbox currently offers $1-a-night pricing for its video rentals, but it is almost a guarantee that the same pricing will not be given to video games, which retail for much more than DVDs and Blu-rays.

Achler added that Redbox will offer two types of kiosks; one with only video games and another with both games and movies. There will be titles for the PS3, Xbox 360 and Wii available.

"We think rental really has an opportunity to grow and lift the whole video game sector," noted Achler.
 
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