Yeah, Maybe I Do Want To Watch The Wire On My PS3

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Posted by BradNicholson (812 posts) -

Starting this afternoon, you won't necessarily have to set your DVR to catch that old episode of True Blood or Big Love if you have a PS3 or PSP. Sony and HBO have teamed up, inking a deal that places HBO's original programming on the PlayStation Network. Past seasons from the aforementioned shows, as well as Entourage, Eastbound and Down, The Sopranos, Sex and the City, The Wire, Rome, Da Ali G Show, Curb Your Enthusiasm and Flight of the Concords are all available--for a price--via the new HBO channel on the PlayStation Store.

A quick peek at the ol' Store reveals that the pricing fluctuates between the shows, with most of them going for $1.99 per episode. Rome, The Sopranos, and True Blood, however, will run for $2.99 each. That seems like it could get pretty pricey in the long run as there appears to be no way to buy an entire season of a show at some sort of reduced price.
 
Not digging any of these shows? It's alright; keep looking forward to the day George R. R. Martin's Song of Ice and Fire, a tremendously awesome fantasy series (which is also getting its own game courtesy of Cyanide), hits the service. HBO and Martin are reportedly working together (via GeeksofDoom) in order to spit out a pilot for the initial season which will be based on the his first book in Song of Fire and Fire, A Game of Thrones. Granted, it could be 2020 by the time we see Martin's work come to life via PSN, but it's better than not having it. Or something.
#1 Posted by BradNicholson (812 posts) -

Starting this afternoon, you won't necessarily have to set your DVR to catch that old episode of True Blood or Big Love if you have a PS3 or PSP. Sony and HBO have teamed up, inking a deal that places HBO's original programming on the PlayStation Network. Past seasons from the aforementioned shows, as well as Entourage, Eastbound and Down, The Sopranos, Sex and the City, The Wire, Rome, Da Ali G Show, Curb Your Enthusiasm and Flight of the Concords are all available--for a price--via the new HBO channel on the PlayStation Store.

A quick peek at the ol' Store reveals that the pricing fluctuates between the shows, with most of them going for $1.99 per episode. Rome, The Sopranos, and True Blood, however, will run for $2.99 each. That seems like it could get pretty pricey in the long run as there appears to be no way to buy an entire season of a show at some sort of reduced price.
 
Not digging any of these shows? It's alright; keep looking forward to the day George R. R. Martin's Song of Ice and Fire, a tremendously awesome fantasy series (which is also getting its own game courtesy of Cyanide), hits the service. HBO and Martin are reportedly working together (via GeeksofDoom) in order to spit out a pilot for the initial season which will be based on the his first book in Song of Fire and Fire, A Game of Thrones. Granted, it could be 2020 by the time we see Martin's work come to life via PSN, but it's better than not having it. Or something.
#2 Edited by VandalPancakes (11 posts) -

Wire! My sister-in-law played a dead hooker on the Wire. The role suited her.

#3 Posted by Binman88 (3687 posts) -

Reminding me to start watching the wire.

#4 Posted by Venatio (4491 posts) -

I keep thinking that I maybe should watch this

#5 Posted by Rhaknar (5939 posts) -

no Deadwood? wtf

#6 Posted by fingofongo (118 posts) -

I'm going to assume this is USA only? Hi I'm from Canada

#7 Posted by Tactical_Kill (1695 posts) -

Sounds interesting. It still sucks that you can't buy a full season at once.

#8 Posted by ProLife_Zombie (28 posts) -

This is good news but I have just one question. 
 
Where's Wallace at String? 
 
WHERE'S WALLACE?

#9 Posted by Horace (139 posts) -

Shame I already have most of those on DVD.
 
By the way, the GeeksOfDoom fellows got it wrong about Game of Thrones, they filmed pilot last year and the show got greenlight on that.  Filming on the first season begins in July I think.  I can't wait, combining two of my favourite things: HBO drama series and A Song of Ice and Fire.

#10 Posted by HydraHam (1338 posts) -

Thank god now i can get true blood season 3 as the episodes air, itunes offer god awful HD versions compared to the PS store, might get the pacific as well if they offer it.
 
Just picked up True Blood S2 on Blu-Ray today can't wait for S3 to hit PSN.

#11 Posted by 19nazzy (64 posts) -

OMAR'S COMING OMAR'S COMING ... to PS3. 

#12 Posted by Gabriel (4061 posts) -

I don't know why you would buy episodes of a TV series individually, unless it's a miniseries like Lonsome Dove.

#13 Edited by Milkman (16781 posts) -

I've really wanted to get into both The Wire and Eastbound and Down (though I guess, the latter is a little too short to "get into") but I'm not willing to pay $2 per episode for any show. That's way too steep.

#14 Posted by Scratch (628 posts) -

Apologies, if this has been brought up before...but this probably US only right? Or can we Canadians get this as well?

#15 Posted by Kajaah117 (1070 posts) -

That's way too much to pay per episode... 

#16 Posted by Jayross (2365 posts) -

Meh, the pricing is why I don't buy tv from itunes. 
 
Now, if Xbox got a hulu application... yumm.. 
 
But HBO is very stingy with their shows, you can either subscribe to them with out cable provider, or buy the shows on DVD. I am currently waiting for Dexter season 3... soo long.

#17 Posted by DonutFever (3551 posts) -

I'm a Canadian, and I get screwed with this stuff.

#18 Posted by Zatoichi_Sanjuro (945 posts) -

Anyone who thinks $1.99/$2.99 is too much for one episode of these awesome shows is a foolish fool of a Took.
 



#19 Posted by ZmillA (2271 posts) -

wait a minute! 1.99, 2.99? thats not FREE!

#20 Posted by Aegon (5596 posts) -

Who's Brad Nicholson?

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#21 Posted by Yzzerdd (521 posts) -

Don't really see the point of paying per episode for TV series over just buying the dvd sets.

#22 Posted by oopprraahh (67 posts) -

Interesting...  My Netflix que is full of HBO shows yet to be released.  If I can get them now via PSN I will gladly pay.

#23 Posted by TheKing (834 posts) -

You can get The Wire box set in Amazon for 130 which is only 2 dollars an episode. Worth every penny BTW.

#24 Edited by Cornman89 (1579 posts) -

Sheiiiiiiiit...

#25 Posted by ptc (617 posts) -

Everyone should see The Wire.  It's HBO at it's best. 
 
When will this come to the 360???

#26 Posted by xyzygy (9982 posts) -

I'd just stream them for free, but that's just me.

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#27 Posted by Krystal_Sackful (810 posts) -

My day just instantly went from 40 to 60 degrees.

#28 Posted by gla55jAw (2689 posts) -
@Yzzerdd said:
" Don't really see the point of paying per episode for TV series over just buying the dvd sets. "
Yeah, this sounds really dumb.
#29 Posted by RVonE (4638 posts) -
@H2Oyea said:
"Who's Brad Nicholson? "

Apparently he came from Destructoid and is now spamming news at GB.
#30 Posted by TheLawnWrangler (1657 posts) -

Eastbound and Down... I can finally get my Jody Hill fix somewhere else :D

#31 Posted by Kajaah117 (1070 posts) -
@Zatoichi_Sanjuro: $2.99 per episode for the 13 episodes of the first season of The Wire puts the price for the whole season at about $38.87... about the same price of the season 1 box set on Amazon. That's pretty fair but digital delivery should be a bargain. Until every digital download service in the world converges so that the content you buy can be used on every device - I don't want some stuff on my PS3, some stuff on Amazon VOD, some stuff on Zune Marketplace, etc. - there is zero incentive to buy a download over physical media. 
#32 Posted by BjornTheUnicorn (356 posts) -

YOU CAN'T FIGHT FIRE AND FIRE!

#33 Posted by Wacomole (819 posts) -
@Cornman89: @Cornman89 said:
" Sheiiiiiiiit... "
Well THAT made me laugh!
 
..and yes, given the choice I'd rather spend the money on the boxed set of DVDs (which won't clutter up my PS3 hard drive)
#34 Posted by DUFFMCWALIN (49 posts) -
@H2Oyea: an awesome writer thats who.  Too bad he left destructoid.
#35 Posted by Spiritof (2047 posts) -

'The Wire' is too good a show for the human race to enjoy.

#36 Posted by LtColJaxson (1137 posts) -

I just use Rogers on Demand and get this all for free (paying for the cable service, but have to pay for internet too). I'm in Canada so can't get this off the PS3 anyway, but I'd rather have the rogers service of free than 'for a price'.

#37 Posted by MadThad0890 (94 posts) -

 $1.99 per episode. ... ehhhh naw 

#38 Posted by shades846 (151 posts) -

In HD or not?

#39 Posted by EgoCheck616 (782 posts) -

I love how people are complaining about this feature as if Sony is trying to wedge them into some sort of corner. 
Stop trying disguise the fact that they are simply providing an alternative way to watch the shows you already enjoy. 
 
No one cares if your way is "better" or that you don't want your HDD to be cluttered. It's just an alternative.

#40 Posted by Homeslice (549 posts) -

Like I'll say for all micropayments like this where you could possibly find it for free somewhere else at another time:
 
It's nice to have the option, and if you don't want it, don't buy it. Giving people options and it costing you next to nothing to do it is always good business.

#41 Posted by Wiseblood (644 posts) -
@Cornman89 said:

" Sheiiiiiiiit... "

 
#42 Posted by RedJester1029 (47 posts) -
@VandalPancakes:
Lol man that's the greatest first comment ever.
#43 Posted by chrissedoff (2096 posts) -
@Jayross: dexter's on showtime, dude
#44 Posted by MachoFantastico (4682 posts) -

Sounds interesting, the Wire box set is still rather expensive. Amazing show though. 

#45 Posted by grasslunatic (82 posts) -

I'm reading a Game of Thrones at the moment. It's fucking rad.

#46 Posted by The_Dude_Abides (181 posts) -

YAY for file sharing.

#47 Posted by Frederik (377 posts) -
@fingofongo: Make a 'US account... I'm from DK but I've been using the US PSN store for a while
#48 Posted by Turbo_Toaster (965 posts) -

You can't subscribe like people have been doing through cable since forever? This kind if integration is a great idea but I'll jump on the wagon when it's the same price as an HBO subscription.

#49 Posted by skrutop (3615 posts) -

I would totally pay an extra $X.XX per month if Netflix offered HBO via streaming.  Pay-per-episode?  Not so much.

#50 Edited by FakePlasticTree (449 posts) -

So at $2 - $3 an episode I'm looking somewhere between $24 - $36 for a 12 episode season? I know there's the convenience of having it there to watch instantly, but I'm not sure that convince equates to a price that is marginally less than a box set of that same season.  
 
Oh well, I don't live in the US, so I'm sure I'll never even see an option to watch HBO on my PS3. 

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