Almost two years after it opened in the United State, the Sony Playstation Video store has now opened in Canada in English and French to compete with the Apple iTunes movie store.

Sony says the more than 1,000 movies and TV shows are available in High-Definition (HD) or Standard Definition (SD), with movies available to rent from CA$3.99, movies to purchase from CA$9.99, and TV shows to purchase from CA$1.99.

New release movies in SD and HD are priced at $4.99 and $5.99 respectively, similar to what you would expect to pay through the Apple iTunes store.

The video delivery service is integrated within the PlayStation Network so PS owners can use their existing PlayStation Network log-in information and wallet system details.

Similar to iTunes, the PS3 system's progressive downloading allows viewers to start watching a selection shortly after the download begins.

Notable movie titles available at launch include "Alice in Wonderland," "The Crazies," "Hot Tub Time Machine," "Percy Jackson & The Olympians: The Lightning Thief," "Shutter Island," "The Twilight Saga: New Moon," and "The Wolfman."

Additional content will be added on a weekly basis.

The movies are from major studios, distributors and content providers including 20th Century Fox, Alliance Films, E1 Entertainment, Maple Pictures, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios Inc. (MGM), National Film Board of Canada, Paramount Pictures, Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, Starz Digital Media, Universal Pictures, and The Walt Disney Studios.

TV shows will be available from major cable networks and studios including 20th Century Fox, HBO, Marvel, MTV Networks, NBC Universal, NHL, Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, and Starz Digital Media.

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