For those of you that own a PlayStation 3, you will soon be able stream HBO programs from your console! How cool is that!? However, there is a catch. You can't watch them until they are available on DVD.
The agreement between Sony and HBO will allow PS3 users to pay to download episodes from 11 HBO series, like Big Love, Curb Your Enthusiasm, and Entourage, as they become available for sale in the DVD format. That's nearly a year after premiering on the network. Sony will add new HBO material every Tuesday.
Jack Tretton, chief executive of Sony PlayStation had this to say:
HBO is a high-profile content provider, and a real premium service, so we think this really reinforces that the PlayStation is more than just a video-game console now. It gives consumers that big-screen, HD experience in the home on a device other than cable and satellite, and that's becoming the norm now as opposed to the exception.
No detailed pricing for HBO shows is available yet, although according to HBO Home Entertainment President Henry McGee, an episode of the HBO series True Blood will be available for download through the PS3 for $2.99, while episodes from most TV dramas on the PlayStation are priced at 99 cents per episode.
I'll definitely be taking advantage of this of the new HBO PS3 team-up. It's just a really good idea, especially for those people that don't subscribe to HBO. Sure you may not get to see the episodes right away, but at least they'll get to see them.
What do you think about it?