Sony have announced a partnership with MUBI to bring independent, international and classic films to the PlayStation 3. The service, which involves a free downloadable application will allow Playstation 3 owners to stream movies directly from the MUBI service.
"So how will it all work? First, you download the free MUBI application from PlayStation Store. Then, you open it up and start watching - it's really that easy. Next, you look around in amazement. You find festival gems, classics, famous independent releases and art-house flicks. You discover the work of world-famous directors like the Coen Brothers and Tarantino alongside Latin American directors and restored shorts from the most obscure of archives. You'll spot free-to-watch movies alongside pay-per-view movies that you can rent for a week - and you'll be tempted by the thought of an all-you-can-watch monthly subscription. You find exclusive online premieres, Oscar-winners, Palme D'Or winners, collaborations with international film festivals, and so many other choices you might not know where to start. But MUBI offers a whole community of film loving fans so that help is always at hand."
MUBI founder Efe Çakarel said: "MUBI is the fastest growing online destination for lovers of independent, foreign and classic film - and it is amazing how many people that covers. Our partnership with PlayStation brings online cinema to TV screens in homes around the world giving PlayStation owners a whole new world of entertainment to explore. And discovery couldn't be more fun - from finding out about the films behind the latest buzz at Cannes, to taking the film recommendation of MUBI members like Martin Scorsese."
SCEE President Andrew House adds: "PlayStation is about great entertainment, from games to content, delivered straight to the living room or enjoyed on the go. Today this ranges from VidZone, the free on demand service music service, through to PlayTV where you can watch, record and rewind live TV at your leisure. MUBI offers the perfect independent counterpoise to our box-office blockbuster, hi-def, video delivery service, catering for the tastes of an ever broader customer base. Add in PS3's DVD and Blu-ray disc player and we have the perfect ticket for film lovers."
The MUBI service will be coming to the UK, Ireland, France, Italy, Iberia, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Benelux, Nordic countries, Australia and New Zealand this Autumn.