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...
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
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.
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.
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.