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GameSpot U.K.: Sony to launch PSP VOD in U.K., details vague

England and Ireland to get video-on-demand service provided by Sky on PlayStation Portables.

Sony's ramping up the video content options for the PSP. Sony

Last week we reported on how PSP owners in Japan would soon have the option of adding a TV tuner to their game consoles. Now we get word that Sony Computer Entertainment Europe is going to bring video-on-demand (VOD) to PSP owners in England and Ireland via News Corp.-owned Sky. How long will it be before the video love reaches the United States? We're not sure, but it wouldn't shock us to hear something about a U.S. PSP VOD service before the holidays. In the meantime, here's the full story from GameSpot U.K.:

"It's not just Japanese PSP owners who will shortly be able to watch TV with relative ease on their PlayStation Portables; following Sony Computer Entertainment's E3 launch of a TV tuner for Japan, Sony Computer Entertainment Europe has made an announcement in the same vein.

SCEE today confirmed a partnership with the News Corp.-owned Sky to bring a video-on-demand service to PSP owners in the U.K. and Ireland.

A joint-venture company is being formed with equal board-level representation from both SCEE and Sky to 'draw on the unrivaled entertainment aggregation expertise and technical leadership of Sky, and the handheld entertainment knowledge and brand power of PlayStation,' according to a SCEE release.

The new firm's aim is, according to Sony, is to 'establish PSP and [Sky's] new groundbreaking video download service as the natural partners for those seeking the ultimate choice of portable entertainment content.'

Sony also claimed that discussions were ongoing across Europe to roll out similar services in continental markets, but made no mention of American or Australian plans.

Sky has been offering an on-demand video service since the end of March this year, which allows users to watch programs from channels such as MTV Trax, E!, Extreme Sports, and CNN on their 3G-capable mobile phones.

Details on exactly what the service will entail, and how it will relate to the Sky Anytime mobile service, are scant at present, but more details are set to be released at the Games Convention in Leipzig on Wednesday, August 22."