278w ago - The long-promised PlayStation Home BETA expansion is rolling out soon. How soon? Sony announced today (linked above) that users who download a Home branded PS3 theme from the PS Store will be automatically entered in for possible participation in the ongoing BETA program... similar to what is being done for Japan.
Straight from Home director Jack Buser: Later today, the PLAYSTATION Store will be updated with a PlayStation Home theme. By downloading the theme, users are submitting an application to join the PlayStation Home BETA test community.
We will be using a variety of criteria including activity on the PLAYSTATION Network to determine eligibility for the BETA community. Existing Home BETA users worry not, as your accounts will transfer over to the extended BETA period.
Keep in mind that this all applies to North American folks only. Over in Euro-land, SCEE will be targeting the most active users on PSN.
282w ago - The video download service is now live! It is accessible to all North American consumers through the PlayStation Store, either via PC or PlayStation 3. As mentioned previously, content purchased is fully portable, meaning you can playback these videos on both your PS3 and PSP.
Downloading will be not permitted outside the Authorized Term. In addition, once the Video Content has been downloaded from PSN, you will not be able to download it again for any reason without purchase of another copy.
On the rental side, you have 14 days to view the purchase and 24 hours to watch it after its first viewing.
For those who missed it, here is a PlayStation Video Store FAQ from earlier today:
What is the PS Video Store?
Available on the PS3, it allows you to choose over a variety of TV Shows and Movies to rent in either SD or High Definition. You can also purchase SD content to keep forever. Rentals last 14 days with a grace period of 24 hours once the content has started playing.
What systems can use it?
Available on the PS3, and also available to transfer directly to the PSP. You can also browse the store via PC for use on your PSP. Remote Play viewing is not available for downloaded content via Store purchases or rentals; the videos...
282w ago - Sony detailed its upcoming PlayStation movie and TV download store. Available tonight, the service will offer content from a number of partners, including Fox, MGM, Lions Gate, Warner, Disney, Paramount, Turner, and Funimation.
Consumers will be able to purchase content in both standard and High-definition quality. Pricing will run from $9.99 to $14.99 for purchases, while video rentals will cost $2.99 to $3.99.
Content will be portable. After purchasing a video you'll be able to play it on multiple devices at the same time.
Sony also revealed today that Gran Turismo TV will launch on August 1st and that Ratchet and Clank: Quest for Booty will hit the PSN this summer for $14.99.
Jack Tretton, president and CEO of SCEA, said today that your patience in waiting for PlayStation Home will be more than rewarded. Tretton added that they have made incredible progress and have got some great publisher support on game-specific spaces.
Finally, Tretton revealed that this year they will introduce a single PlayStation Network sign-on for PS3, PSP and PC. He also revealed that over 20 million units of DLC have been download and 180 million units have been download since the PS3's launch.
284w ago - According to Engadget: Sony just released a rambling update to it corporate strategy through fiscal year 2010. An interesting read for fans and competitors alike as Sony lays bare initiatives intent on moving Sony from recovery to the "leading global provider of networked consumer electronics and entertainment."
Most notable in the near-term however, is word from Kazuo Hirai, chieftain of Sony Computer Entertainment, that Sony will make a movie download service available to US PlayStation 3 owners this summer -- Japan and Europe at later dates with details coming "next month," presumably at E3.
Moreover, Sony expects its gaming business to achieve profitability by March 2009, the end of the current fiscal year. Of course, we already knew that Sony was prepped to deliver full-length TV shows and movies sometime in 2008 via its North American PLAYSTATION Network.
But summer, eh? Judging by the increased molecular agitation of sidewalk effluence, we'd say that Sony's season of movie downloads is already upon us.
After nearly three years in development, last Wednesday Mozilla announced that Firefox 3 was ready for release. During Firefox 3's development, memory-usage improvement has been a consistent theme.
Firefox's third release candidate was released on Wednesday last week, and contained a fix for loading issues with Mac OS X. The final release is identical to RC3, said the organization.
Mozilla is hoping to set a Guinness World Record for the most number of downloads of an application in a day, on the release of the browser.
There is currently no official Guinness World Record for the total number of downloads of an application in a day. During the first 24 hours of Firefox 3's release, Mozilla is aiming for over 1.6 million downloads and hoping for five million.
Mozilla has encouraged its community of over 175 million users to sign up on the spreadfirefox.com marketing site to receive Firefox 3 on Tuesday, to host download parties, and to put Firefox badges on websites and blogs....