The PlayStation 3 may soon have the best of both worlds in terms of movie playback capabilities: online downloads for quick, easy access and Blu-ray for physical high-definition media. Indeed, the Associated Press reports that Sony is rumored to be negotiating licensing deals for an online video distribution service aimed at its flagship console.
The scoop here comes courtesy of the Los Angeles Times, which the AP says has learned from anonymous movie studio executives that the service may launch as early as the summer. Sony was unwilling to comment when asked directly by the AP, but a post on the PlayStation blog seems to corroborate the rumors. The news agency quotes the post as saying, "Ultimately the goal of the PlayStation Network service will be to break through the overwhelming clutter of digital media to give you the TV, movies and gaming content you want. More on this very soon."
Microsoft also offers movie downloads on its Xbox Live online service for the Xbox 360. Some recent speculation suggests Microsoft may bet it all on movie downloads and never release a Blu-ray add-on drive for its console.