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HBO Coming To The PSN Video Store

Posted by on May 24th, 2010 | 4 Comments | Tags: ,

The Wall Street Journal is reporting Sony and Time Warner have struck a deal to allow HBO Originals to be available for download on the PlayStation Network Video Store. The only downside is that the content will not be from seasons that are currently airing.

…their agreement will allow PS3 users to pay a premium price to download episodes from 11 HBO series, like “Big Love,” “Curb Your Enthusiasm,” and “Entourage,” as they become available for sale in the DVD format roughly 11 months after premiering on the network.

So instead of heading to the Best Buy to grab the last season of Entourage, you can just download it from your PS3. The reason for the time lag between the show airing and it going up for download is “because it won’t incentivize cable and satellite subscribers to drop their TV service.”

They also will be bumping up the price for these episodes.

…an episode of the HBO series “True Blood” will be available for download through the PS3 for $2.99, while episodes from most TV dramas on the PlayStation are priced at 99 cents per episode.

SCEA CEO Jack Tretton also weighed in on the subject.

“HBO is a high-profile content provider, and a real premium service, so we think this really reinforces that the PlayStation is more than just a video-game console now. It gives consumers that big-screen, HD experience in the home on a device other than cable and satellite, and that’s becoming the norm now as opposed to the exception.

So, do you think the extra $2 is worth the wait for these HBO programs?

[Source: WSJ Online]