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Netflix Speaks on Sony Movies Disappearing from XBox 360 Service

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297w ago - A week ago,"An Evening With Kevin Smith 2″ through the Netflix streaming service on my Xbox 360 but didn't finish. Now, I can't watch the rest.

Joystiq broke word this evening that Netflix stopped Xbox 360 users from streaming movies distributed by Sony Pictures Entertainment.

This restriction only applies to Xbox 360 users. PC, Mac and other Netflix-enabled on-demand devices can still stream Sony Pictures Entertainment films, and is not a glitch.

"In the case of Xbox 360, a few hundred titles are temporarily unavailable to be streamed via the Xbox game console," Netflix VP of corporate communications Steve Swasey told MTV Multiplayer in an e-mailed statement tonight.

"Those titles are still available to be watched on subscribers' computers and on TVs via other partner devices, and we hope they'll be licensed for Xbox 360 shortly."

When asked if the license just coincidentally expired as Microsoft was adding Netflix support or Sony Pictures Entertainment specifically requested Xbox 360 streaming to be disabled, Swasey wouldn't say.

"As watching instantly becomes a more prominent part of the Netflix service, our goal is to have all of...
 

Free Movies Coming to PlayStation Portable and PlayStation 3

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299w ago - On November 13, 2008 you will be able to download six free films for the PlayStation Portable and PlayStation 3 consoles via PlayStation Store.

Here is a rough translation of the news from the link above:

SCEE is currently busy with a small project called "Shoot". Through this project, there will be 6 short films appear in the PlayStation Store that you can download for free.

Five films are of European descent and one film comes from Canada.

Also you will be able to download the films if you are in possession of a PSP as on November 13 they will be added to the PS Store.
 

Reeves: Play PS3 games while listening to streaming Vidzone movies

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309w ago - Worried that PS3's streaming Vidzone music videos were going to get in the way of your games? SCEE president David Reeves is here to quell the fear.

"People said, 'I wish I could listen to the music, and see it as well,'" Reeves told us, speaking at Games Convention in Leipzig last week.

"Because you can listen to it - you don't have to see the music video - and play your game at the same time. And that to them was very important."

The Vidzone service - which allows streaming of music videos to all PS3 users in Europe for free - is to launch early next year. A download service for similar content is scheduled to hit towards the end of 2009.
 

Sony making UMD PSP movies cheaper

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310w ago - Sony is reportedly preparing to cut the price of new UMD videos by $10 to $25 less than the UMD initial pricing.

This will see many new releases hit the market for a maximum of $15.

To quote: "We want to provide a legal offering from the studios, ... and it's an easier conversation to have with them now," said John Koller, director of hardware marketing at Sony Computer Entertainment America.

"There's a lot of positive momentum with the PSP."

To make sure consumers buy UMDs this go around, Sony is shaving new release list prices to $9.99 to $14.99. That is $10 to $25 less than UMD initial pricing a few years ago.
 

Study shows PS3 Gamers are Buying Movies too

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312w ago - A new consumer survey from ABI Research has revealed that while there is a widespread reluctance for consumers to commit to a Blu-ray player in the near future.

ABI Research say that there is a bright spot, however, with the PS3 "rapidly becoming a favorite for hard-core gamers and so the installed base of sockets for Blu-ray discs continues to climb."

To quote: "While you might think gamers purchase fewer movie discs that others, we didn't see any significant evidence of that in our results," said an ABI rep.

"PS3 console shipments will go a long way to help bring down manufacturing costs and drive down Blu-ray player prices."
 
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