Yesterday, Monday July 14th, 2008, Sony and Sky announced the launch of Go! View for PSP in United Kingdom (UK) and Ireland. More countries will probably follow sometime in the future. You can see more on http://www.blogger.com/www.goview.tv.
Here is the press release taken from MaxConsole.net:
Sony Computer Entertainment Europe and Sky launch Portable Video-On-Demand Service for PSPTM (PlayStation®Portable) users
14th July 2008 – Sony Computer Entertainment Europe and Sky are pleased to announce that Go!View, the Official PlayStation Portable (PSP™) video-on-demand service in the UK and Republic of Ireland, is now live. From today, content spanning TV, movies and sport will be regularly added to this new service for PSP users to enjoy in addition to their usual gaming experience. With everyone who registers for the service at http://www.goview.tv/ receiving a free month’s subscription, there’s no better time to be a PSP owner!
Go!View makes portable, video-on-demand a reality, now PSP users are able to easily transfer content to their PSP via a PC. Through agreements with distributors and broadcasters including Disney-ABC-ESPN Television, BBC Worldwide, Sony Pictures Television International, NBC Universal International Television Distribution, National Geographic and Sky Sports, Go!View can offer PSP users an excellent range of content. Programming will range from US dramas such as library series’ of Lost and Desperate Housewives (produced by ABC Studios) to hit UK shows such as Doctor Who and Top Gear (from BBC Worldwide) through to FA Premier League football action and blockbuster movies.
Comedy, Sport and Entertainment Packs are available by monthly subscription, whilst selected movies and TV series can be transferred via the rental service on Go!View. Subscription packs are priced at £5 (€7) for 1 pack, £8 (€11) for 2 packs and £10 (€14) for all three packs and users can trial all three packs free for a month. Rental TV is available from £1.50 (€2.00) per episode and a range of movies is available from £2.50 (€3.20) each.
This initial launch phase will see the Go!View service constantly growing from now through the autumn. ‘We are working with our content providers to secure a quality range of programming and ensure that PSP™ owners are getting the best possible service on-the-go and on-demand.’ said Alison Turner, General Manager, Go!View Entertainment UK
Go!View is a joint venture between Sony Computer Entertainment Europe and Sky who have established the joint venture ‘GO!VIEW Entertainment UK’. This is being used to bring the PSP video-on-demand to market in the UK, Northern Ireland, Republic of Ireland, Channel Islands & the Isle of Man. Sky is providing their expertise in building successful video-on-demand platforms as well as content acquisition. Sony Computer Entertainment is providing the marketing for the service.