Extra-sized HDD in Korean PS3 for on-demand video

Gamers in South Korea on June 16 will be getting a PlayStation 3 with the largest hard drive capacity yet for the system. Sporting an 80 GB hard drive – 20 GB more than the other PS3s around the world – Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. has said that the particular system is thus far exclusive for the Korean market.

According to a report from the Korea Times, the reason for the larger drive is because the PlayStation 3 will feature video-on-demand (VOD) functionality in South Korea.

South Korea enjoys a network infrastructure that is relatively advanced compared to North American offerings. A network-enabled PlayStation 3 would be able to take full advantage of South Korea’s high-bandwidth Internet services, and would require a larger hard drive to store the various forms of downloaded media.

Sony of Korea confirms that it is in talks with telecoms operators about providing VOD services  for the upcoming new console. “We are contacting some Korean firms in order to incorporate VOD applications into PlayStation 3 service line-up,'' Sony spokeswoman Park Seo-yun said.

Sony has not revealed which firms it is currently in talks with, but at least a couple Korean providers are suggested to be interested in streaming content to PlayStation 3.

“We are negotiating with Sony and the atmosphere is pretty good. We hope we will be able to reach an agreement in June,'' a Hanaro Telecom spokesman said. “Should we strike a deal with Sony, PlayStation 3 users can watch all the HanaTV programs after downloading software, without having to buy a dedicated set-top box.''

Hanaro Telecom launched its HanaTV VOD program last year, allowing subscribers, for 10,000 Won ($10.74) a month, to download movies, music, soap operas and news.

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