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post #1 of 15 (permalink) Old 2008-07-16, 12:46 AM Thread Starter
 
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Sony's U.S. video download store available to Canadians?

Anyone hear if this was a US-only launch today or if it will be available in Canada as well?
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post #2 of 15 (permalink) Old 2008-07-16, 01:29 AM
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They didn't say at the Press Conference... it is supposed to be available tonight.

I don't see anything when I'm in the store. IMO, it's safe to say we're left out much like when MS launched movies on LIVE.
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Thumbs down screwed again

No, it's not available in Canada, as per usual...sigh. Add it to the list (of things we don't get up here), and check back in a year or two I suppose.

Sony should have just said at the outset it was "US Only"...two words, how hard is it? But I guess those speeches are only supposed to be good news...and unlike Apple, Sony did not say "we're working hard to bring this service to all territories", so I'm not holding my breath.

I don't know why entertainment companies don't want my money...
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Hopefully it won't take as long as iTunes movies and TV shows to come to Canada. I wouldn't mind picking up a show or two that I miss during the week if they were a decent price.

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They've also IP locked the store so Canadians with a US account can't access the material. Oh well, I doubt I would have purchased anything off there anyway.

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The only thing interesting would have been HD material, which is $5.99. But it would depend on how long it would take to download.
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The only thing interesting would have been HD material, which is $5.99. But it would depend on how long it would take to download.
They had better have invested in their network infrastructure to support this because it would be super slow for HD materials (maybe even DVD quality as well) in their current infrastructure. While improved, it has a long way to go before it is a viable media delivery platform due to their terrible network transfer speeds. Maybe by the time it is available for Canadians, they'll have fixed it
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post #8 of 15 (permalink) Old 2008-07-17, 09:51 AM
 
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Actually a review of the service from the below link states.

http://www.ps3fanboy.com/photos/ps-s...rvice-via-ps3/

In total, it took around 38 minutes to download a 1592MB file. Keep in mind, you could watch the movie while it downloads, at least for SD videos

Information on the HD file when the download is complete, which took about 37 minutes for the 1500+MB file.

I don't think that is to bad of a wait time for Hd material and as far as the sd material you can watch as it downloads.

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post #9 of 15 (permalink) Old 2008-07-17, 02:44 PM
 
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No Canada We are falling WAY behind in download services now. Netflix deal with Xbox stung for me too very disapointed.
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post #10 of 15 (permalink) Old 2008-07-17, 04:55 PM
 
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I've heard it's possible to bypass the IP lock with proxies. Once that is done, since Canada is part of "Region 1", will the DRM locked downloaded movie playback?

I know they posted on a blog that they managed to download a film (I think in Europe) using a US account, US Credit card and proxies spoofing the IP lock into thinking they were American. But once they had it on the European PS3, it would not read the file. I'm curious if the same thing would happen in Canada.
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post #11 of 15 (permalink) Old 2008-07-18, 03:20 AM
 
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They've also IP locked the store so Canadians with a US account can't access the material. Oh well, I doubt I would have purchased anything off there anyway.

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you can't block your IP? like you can on the PC with a proxy?

on ABC.com I can watch videos(which are for US ONLY)
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post #12 of 15 (permalink) Old 2008-07-18, 02:04 PM
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I'm sure there are ways around it, but then you run into the hurdle of having to use a credit card with a US billing address, or find a PSN gift card. I have over 200 BDs I haven't watched yet, so going through the hassle to download something of inferior quality doesn't really interest me.

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Same here. I have no interest in non-free downloads from either MS or Sony.

I'm old school and still prefer physical media.
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post #14 of 15 (permalink) Old 2008-07-23, 01:50 PM
 
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Disappointed

I very disappointed that this service is not available to Canada, I would definately use it, especially if the price of a current HD movie is really $5.99. Sony has also sent me 2 emails telling me about the new service. Guess their email server is OK with a Canadian address.
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post #15 of 15 (permalink) Old 2008-07-26, 12:56 PM
 
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I prefer Hard copies of my movies as well, but if it's just to rent i think whats the difference. I hope Sony Brings it to Canada soon and in a better format than what xbox Canada has!

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