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GO!VIEW launches for Sony PSP
Wednesday 16 July 2008 17:24:11 by Andrew Ferguson

The partnership between Sony and Sky to bring films and TV content to the Sony PSP games console has come to fruition. The site where people can register and subscribe to the package of their choice is www.goview.tv.

The service relies on the use of a Windows XP or Vista computer to download the material to, and then transfer it to the Sony PSP using a USB cable. Currently one months free access to a £10 subscription is available. This provides you with access to Entertainment, Sports and Comedy content. One channel normally on its own costs £5 per month, two is £8 and all three is £10 per month. Films and other content have a price of around £2.50 to £3.50 for each download.

The file sizes are around 500MB for one hours content, with an 8GB Memory Stick Duo Pro holding around 16 hours of content. So for households where someone is making heavy use of one of the subscription packages they may find their broadband usage rising quickly, so check that your broadband package is suitable (for example has no excess usage charges that you are not aware of).

The inclusion of a free one month trial is nice so people can get a taste for whether they want to continue with the service, but if you don't want to pay the ongoing fees remember to cancel before the end of the free period as your credit card details are taken at the start of the free trial.

Comments

Posted by CARPETBURN over 8 years ago
quote"Films and other content will carry a one off payment of around £2.50 to £3.50."

Are you sure it looks more to me like its £2.50 PER FILM
quote"The inclusion of a free one month trial is nice so people can get a taste for whether they want to continue with the service, but if you don't want to pay the ongoing fees remember to cancel before the end of the free period as your credit card details are taken at the start of the free trial."
Oh another you have to hand over credit card detail and expect them to keep promises they wont bill you even after you cancel..... They can stick it
Posted by andrew (Favicon staff member) over 8 years ago
Reworded film pricing, I knew it was per film but managed to mess up my phrasing of this.
Posted by CARPETBURN over 8 years ago
No need to defend yourself Andrew, with so many news items in the last couple of days minor mistakes are bound to be made, we are all only human :)
Posted by CaptainW over 8 years ago
I can understand why you might have problems with them taking your card details but how hard do you think it would be otherwise to track down which person's PSP downloaded x amount of material that doesn't then get paid for? Isn't the taking for the card details to also do a check against billing address info inputed when registering the account?

Posted by CaptainW over 8 years ago
cont...

I have problems viewing films on a mini DVD player, never mind a PSP so I don't think I will be using such a service. I think it may have potential though, especially if you can set your profile so that it recommends the programmes/directors etc and suggests them, or even prompts you by email/text when programmes turn up that are likely to be of interest.
Posted by CARPETBURN over 8 years ago
quote"I can understand why you might have problems with them taking your card details but how hard do you think it would be otherwise to track down which person's PSP downloaded x amount of material that doesn't then get paid for?"

Errr how about they offer th first month free with no credit card details and when you month is almost up they email you, and if you want to continue you pay and if you dont they delete your account? Sorry but i dont hand out my credit card number for a so called "free one month trial" seen too many stung with cons like that
Posted by MCM999 over 8 years ago
Using a credit card limits the number of free months anyone person might get, that is one per card. Otherwise people would pretty quickly find they were on a free month with no end.
Posted by CARPETBURN over 8 years ago
quote"Using a credit card limits the number of free months anyone person might get, that is one per card. Otherwise people would pretty quickly find they were on a free month with no end."
Rubbish, the credit card thing is to get your details see they can bill you if you forget to cancel after your free month nothing more and then you are locked into a contract.
It is NOT one trial per card.
All these so called free month dvd trials are the same, i know someone thats had several free month trials using the same credit card.
Posted by MCM999 over 8 years ago
Rubbish my foot. Try using your brain occasionally before posting. How do you know it's not one trial per card? This mechanism is used to restrict free trials by many vendors including, for example, Which.
Posted by CARPETBURN over 8 years ago
How do i know its not one trial per card?? How do you know?? Have you tried it??
What i do know is similar schemes are not per card and never have been. If its so free why cant you sign up with an email and username and when 30 days are up they email you for card details if and then bill you if you wish to continue, and if you dont they pull the plug on your account...... You know a similar way to what genuine software that you download gives you 30 days tril then it stops working.
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