PSP video downloads on the way?

Sony could be planning to steal the video iPod's thunder if the latest PSP update is anything to go by. Since yesterday, anyone with a PSP has been a

Sony could be planning to steal the video iPod's thunder if the latest PSP update is anything to go by.

Since yesterday, anyone with a PSP has been able to download version 2.5 firmware which - amongst several new features - adds support for copy-protected video.

In our eyes, that's one step away from the company erecting a slowly revolving 40 foot neon sign saying 'download PSP TV shows and movies before Christmas'.

Sony hasn't made any official murmurings on such plans, but Japanese gamers already have access to a paid-for PSP video services, so it'd make sense that European and US ones are coming soon.

The update also includes support for WPA-SK (Bank of England-standard wireless security), a browser history and LocationFree, Sony's TV-over-internet box of tricks.

LocationFree works by hooking up to your digital TV box and using your home broadband pipe to beam channels across the internet on to your PSP. It's not been launched in the UK yet, but we reckon it'd go down like a polyphonic ringtone in a playground.

The update's available by connecting to a Wi-Fi hotspot with your PSP. Sony has instructions on its YourPSP.com site.

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