If you’re a fan of shows like Entourage, The Sopranos, Sex and the City, The Wire, and countless other HBO Originals, you’ll soon be able to download various episodes from these shows via your PlayStation 3 and PlayStation Portable device thanks to a deal between Sony Computer Entertainment of America (SCEA) and Home Box Office (HBO).

The content will require purchase, though an exact transaction amount or range has yet to be announced. Immediately available seasons and episodes are listed below, and the press release states that new titles/seasons will be added on a weekly basis.

  • New release and Emmy® and Golden Globe® winning series “True Blood®,” season two in addition to season one
  • Golden Globe®-winning drama series “Big Love®,” seasons one through three
  • Golden Globe®-winning comedy series Entourage®,” seasons one and two
  • Comedy hit “Eastbound and Down®,” season one
  • Multiple seasons from HBO signature shows such as “The Sopranos®,” “Sex and the City®,” “The Wire®,” “Rome®,” “Da Ali G Show®,” “Curb Your Enthusiasm®,” and “Flight of the Conchords®”

In commenting on the agreement, Sony’s Peter Dille, Sr. VP of Marketing and PlayStation Network, said the following:

“The HBO library of premium original content is a perfect example of how PS3 has become the most content rich entertainment platform in the living room … When you combine the iconic programming from HBO with the existing TV, film, live sports and original programming available on PlayStation Network, our customers have access to the content they want, when they want it, at home or on the go with the PSP.”

Ah, the old company line. And now, we sit and wait for the inevitable Microsoft response complete with their very own quotation pronouncing them king of the castle. It almost never gets old.

The full press release direct from Sony is available below.

Premium Programming From HBO® Debuts on PlayStation®3 and PlayStation®Portable

First Gaming System to Provide HBO Television Programming

FOSTER CITY, Calif., May 25 — Sony Computer Entertainment America (SCEA) announced that programming from HBO, the premium cable television network, is available starting today on the PlayStation®3 (PS3™) system, the first gaming system to offer HBO original television programming. PlayStation®Network’s video delivery service now features HBO content for purchase in the United States on the PlayStation®3 and PSP® (PlayStation®Portable) systems.

Beginning today, the following popular shows from the award-winning cable network are available on the HBO section of PlayStation®Store (navigate to the HBO section by selecting TV Shows> Networks> HBO), with more titles and additional seasons to be added each week:

  • New release and Emmy® and Golden Globe® winning series “True Blood®,” season two in addition to season one
  • Golden Globe®-winning drama series “Big Love®,” seasons one through three
  • Golden Globe®-winning comedy series Entourage®,” seasons one and two
  • Comedy hit “Eastbound and Down®,” season one
  • Multiple seasons from HBO signature shows such as “The Sopranos®,” “Sex and the City®,” “The Wire®,” “Rome®,” “Da Ali G Show®,” “Curb Your Enthusiasm®,” and “Flight of the Conchords®”

“The HBO library of premium original content is a perfect example of how PS3 has become the most content rich entertainment platform in the living room,” said Peter Dille, senior vice president, marketing and PlayStation Network, SCEA. “When you combine the iconic programming from HBO with the existing TV, film, live sports and original programming available on PlayStation Network, our customers have access to the content they want, when they want it, at home or on the go with the PSP.”

“We’re extremely pleased to offer our premium programming on Sony Computer Entertainment’s PS3 system,” said Henry McGee, president, HBO Home Entertainment. “This premier gaming system will offer an exciting new way for consumers to purchase HBO’s award-winning programming.”

“HBO’s innovative and popular programming rounds out Sony’s premium TV content offering and enables consumers to enjoy an even wider array of award-winning mini-series and episodic content,” said Michael Aragon, general manager, Global Digital Video Distribution and Operations for Sony Network Entertainment.

About HBO

Home Box Office, Inc. is the premium television programming subsidiary of Time Warner Inc., providing two 24-hour pay television services – HBO® and Cinemax® – to approximately 41 million U.S. subscribers. The services offer the most popular subscription video-on-demand products, HBO On Demand® and Cinemax On Demand(SM) as well as HBO GO(SM), HD feeds and multiplex channels. Internationally, HBO branded television networks, along with the subscription video-on-demand products HBO On Demand and HBO Mobile®, bring HBO services to over 60 countries. HBO programming is sold into over 150 countries worldwide.

About Sony Computer Entertainment America LLC.

Sony Computer Entertainment America LLC. continues to redefine the entertainment lifestyle with its PlayStation® and PS one® game console, the PlayStation®2 computer entertainment system, the PSP® (PlayStation®Portable) handheld entertainment system, the ground-breaking PlayStation®3 (PS3™) computer entertainment system and its online and network services the PlayStation®Network and PlayStation®Store. Recognized as the undisputed industry leader, Sony Computer Entertainment America LLC. markets the PlayStation family of products and develops, publishes, markets and distributes software for the PS one, PlayStation 2, PSP and PS3 systems for the North American market. Based in Foster City, Calif., Sony Computer Entertainment America LLC. serves as headquarters for all North American operations.

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