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Sony Adds 16 Content Providers To PlayStation Network

Sony Adds 16 Content Providers To PlayStation Network

Also Launches Video Service For PlayStation Portable

Sony is adding movies, sports and entertainment programming from 16 new partners -- including Showtime Networks, Starz Media, Comcast's G4 and E!, HDNet and The Weinstein Company -- to the PlayStation Network for its videogame consoles.

Sony made the announcement Tuesday at the E3 conference in Los Angeles. The company also launched a video-delivery service for the PlayStation Portable (PSP) system, letting users download movie and TV programs and take them on-the-go.

With the additional content, the PlayStation Network video-delivery service will have nearly 1,900 movies and 9,400 TV episodes, covering reality, mixed martial arts, sports, anime, manga and animation genres. The PlayStation Store offers a combined total of nearly 9,000 hours of video-on-demand content, with more than 35% of the movies in HD format.

PlayStation Store will feature TV shows such as Showtime's Dexter, E!'s The Soup, G4's X-Play and Starz Media's Painkiller Jane. New movies on the service will include films such as Overture Films' "Righteous Kill," Summit Entertainment's "Twilight" and The Weinstein Company's "Zack & Miri Make a Porno."

Sports content will include bouts from HDNet Fight's "Inside MMA," wrestling from TNA's "iMPACT!," UFC PPV events and Video Action Sports' "That's It, That's All."

Sony also will launch a new anime channel in both the TV and film sections of the video store and will include Anime Network's "Appleseed," Starz Media Manga Entertainment's "Dead Space," among other programming.

The PlayStation Network, which also provides free content and multiplayer online games, had more than 24 million registered accounts worldwide as of May 2009.