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PlayStation Network adds HBO content before Zune / Xbox 360, follows iTunes pricing


Congratulations PSN, you are the first video game console to sell content from HBO. That means you can't buy True Blood, The Sopranos or Rome on Xbox via Zune yet, but you already could on iTunes if you were willing to pay $3 per episode. Contrary to a few reports, that premium pricing doesn't extend to the rest of HBO's lineup which share their $2 per episode pricing with the SD versions of most TV shows on the PSN and elsewhere. It's actually not a terrible price, with the season two DVDs of True Blood available for $32 on Amazon buying all twelve episodes one by one will only cost an extra $4, and still let you avoid any that don't feature your character of choice removing their shirt. the only sad part is that just like iTunes, there's still no HD availability, so we hope you like 480p -- and if you're reading this site, you probably don't. Hey Sony, make a big deal when you've negotiated some higher resolution or lower prices than what's available elsewhere, and tell HBO to stop crowing to the Wall Street Journal about its ability to charge premium prices when it really isn't -- when you sell an episode of The Wire for the same price as the pilot for Bionic Woman that's nothing to brag about.

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Premium Programming From HBO(R) Debuts on PlayStation(R)3 and PSP(R) (PlayStation(R)Portable)

First Gaming System to Provide HBO Television Programming

FOSTER CITY, Calif., May 25 /PRNewswire/ -- Sony Computer Entertainment America (SCEA) announced that programming from HBO, the premium cable television network, is available starting today on the PlayStation®3 (PS3™) system, the first gaming system to offer HBO original television programming. PlayStation®Network's video delivery service now features HBO content for purchase in the United States on the PlayStation®3 and PSP® (PlayStation®Portable) systems.


Beginning today, the following popular shows from the award-winning cable network are available on the HBO section of PlayStation®Store (navigate to the HBO section by selecting TV Shows> Networks> HBO), with more titles and additional seasons to be added each week:

New release and Emmy® and Golden Globe® winning series "True Blood®," season two in addition to season one
Golden Globe®-winning drama series "Big Love®," seasons one through three
Golden Globe®-winning comedy series Entourage®," seasons one and two
Comedy hit "Eastbound and Down®," season one
Multiple seasons from HBO signature shows such as "The Sopranos®," "Sex and the City®," "The Wire®," "Rome®," "Da Ali G Show®," "Curb Your Enthusiasm®," and "Flight of the Conchords®"

"The HBO library of premium original content is a perfect example of how PS3 has become the most content rich entertainment platform in the living room," said Peter Dille, senior vice president, marketing and PlayStation Network, SCEA. "When you combine the iconic programming from HBO with the existing TV, film, live sports and original programming available on PlayStation Network, our customers have access to the content they want, when they want it, at home or on the go with the PSP."

"We're extremely pleased to offer our premium programming on Sony Computer Entertainment's PS3 system," said Henry McGee, president, HBO Home Entertainment. "This premier gaming system will offer an exciting new way for consumers to purchase HBO's award-winning programming."

"HBO's innovative and popular programming rounds out Sony's premium TV content offering and enables consumers to enjoy an even wider array of award-winning mini-series and episodic content," said Michael Aragon, general manager, Global Digital Video Distribution and Operations for Sony Network Entertainment.

About HBO

Home Box Office, Inc. is the premium television programming subsidiary of Time Warner Inc., providing two 24-hour pay television services – HBO® and Cinemax® – to approximately 41 million U.S. subscribers. The services offer the most popular subscription video-on-demand products, HBO On Demand® and Cinemax On Demand(SM) as well as HBO GO(SM), HD feeds and multiplex channels. Internationally, HBO branded television networks, along with the subscription video-on-demand products HBO On Demand and HBO Mobile®, bring HBO services to over 60 countries. HBO programming is sold into over 150 countries worldwide.

About Sony Computer Entertainment America LLC.

Sony Computer Entertainment America LLC. continues to redefine the entertainment lifestyle with its PlayStation® and PS one® game console, the PlayStation®2 computer entertainment system, the PSP® (PlayStation®Portable) handheld entertainment system, the ground-breaking PlayStation®3 (PS3™) computer entertainment system and its online and network services the PlayStation®Network and PlayStation®Store. Recognized as the undisputed industry leader, Sony Computer Entertainment America LLC. markets the PlayStation family of products and develops, publishes, markets and distributes software for the PS one, PlayStation 2, PSP and PS3 systems for the North American market. Based in Foster City, Calif., Sony Computer Entertainment America LLC. serves as headquarters for all North American operations.

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