Interactive TV lands on PSP

Sony's hype about the PSP being more than just another games machine gained a mite more credibility yesterday. Anyone browsing through Sony's officia

Sony's hype about the PSP being more than just another games machine gained a mite more credibility yesterday.

Anyone browsing through Sony's official site, www.yourpsp.com, would have discovered Dubplate Drama, a free TV show for download to the Portable Playstation. The fifteen minute show is one of a six-part series featuring urban music luminaries such as Ms Dynamite, Rodney P and Shystie, pictured.

We're yet to watch Dubplate, but we're told it's shot in the style of a music video - so you can expect plenty of camera angles, short scenes and a fittingly hip-grinding soundtrack. The interactive part of the show involves a moral dilemma at the end of each episode, which you can then vote on by text message to decide what happens in the next one.

As if the interactive element and the way the show's being delivered weren't radical enough, Sony's also giving PSP owners a first look over terrestrial TV viewers. While the PSP edition appeared yesterday, the Channel 4 version isn't planned to air until later today - though oddly it's not appearing in listings at the moment. It'll appear E4 and MTV shortly afterwards.

To download Dubplate, all you need is a 512MB memory card, a zippy broadband connection and an account at www.yourpsp.com. The video's encoded as simple MP4 (not AVC).

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