Sony’s video on demand service was turned on in Australia Tuesday morning, letting users of connected Bravia TVs, Sony home theatre systems and Blu-ray players stream movies for $5. And to bizarrely prove the point that devices like its new Blu-ray 3D player with Wi-Fi will let even old TVs connect to the internet, Sony went retro.
Or you could just get a new TV. Kogan has some cheapies. But I digress.
The new video on demand (“powered by Qriocity”) comes in addition to Sony’s existing Bravia Internet video service, where you can access things like ABC iView, Yahoo7, SBS and Moshcam.com Australian concert streams. HD rentals will be priced between $6 and $8 bucks, and standard-def content will come in between $4 and $5. You’ll have 30 days to start watching a movie, and up to 48 hours to watch as many times as you like.
Note: Sony tells me that the service isn’t intended for the PS3. PlayStation owners will continue to have PlayStation network video delivery service, along with MUBI.
That new Blu-ray 3D player with Wi-Fi that I mentioned is the BDPS580. Available in July for around $280. It packs most of the features you’d expect, including built-in web browser/Facebook, and support for Sony’s Media Remote app for Android and iPhones. [Sony]