Last week the nominees for the 85th Academy Awards were announced, honoring the best films, performances and technical achievements in 2012.

In case you missed them at the box office, a number of those movies, along with many of nominees from past years, are available on the Video Unlimited service right now.

Find this year’s nominees like Brave, Beasts of the Southern Wild, Searching for Sugar Man, and more along with past nominees and winners like The Descendants, Margin Call, The Help and many more all by navigating within the Video Store to Movies > Collections > Oscar Nominated Films and then selecting either Oscar Nominees or Oscar Winners.

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2012 was a fantastic year for Hollywood, but 2013 is looking to dominate again with a whole lot of highly anticipated sequels coming to theaters. No, really, there are a lot. And if you’re looking to catch up on previous movies in each franchise, then The Movie Franchise Collection on the Video Unlimited serviceis your answer.

Find previous installments of Iron Man, Paranormal Activity, Die Hard and more all in one place. From your PlayStation®3, navigate to the PlayStation®Store to Movies > Collections > The Movie Franchise Collection. From other Sony Entertainment Network compatible devices, navigate to the Video Unlimited service. Here are the franchises you’ll find represented in this collection:

Texas Chainsaw Massacre
Die Hard
Scary Movie
Iron Man
Star Trek
Fast and the Furious
The Hangover
X-Men
Star Wars
Paranormal Activity
Thor (including The Avengers)
The Hunger Games
The Hobbit/Lord of the Rings

Get excited as there’s a whole new year of movies to look forward to…

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Many of you have been asking for it, so we’re happy to announce that you can now add funds to your Sony Entertainment Network wallet by using PayPal.

Your wallet can be used to purchase games from PlayStation Store, movies and TV episodes from the Video Unlimited service, subscriptions to the Music Unlimited service, and more.

Adding funds to your wallet through PayPal is easy. Just sign into your Sony Entertainment Network account, select “Add Funds” then “PayPal” and transfer any amount from $5 to $150 to your wallet. You can also add funds to your wallet from PayPal on your Android device via the Music Unlimited, Video Unlimited or PS Mobile applications. First, select “Account” and “Wallet,” then “Add Funds to Wallet” and the “PayPal” option.

Now that it’s easier to fund your wallet, what game, movie or TV show are you going to buy first? Let us know!

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Yesterday, the news of Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te’o’s real life Catfish situation began unfolding. Shocked fans who had pulled for him during the supposed death of his girlfriend found out that it had been an elaborate hoax (apparently unbeknownst to Te’o.) While details are still being pieced together, the internet wasted no time coming up with various memes (aka “Te’o-ing”) and even a Twitter hashtag to compile a playlist for the broken-hearted football player.

Without further a-do, we’ve compiled our favorite #MatiTeoPlaylist suggestions by the Twitter community. Don’t worry, Te’o, there’s a song for every mood, happy or sad, on the Music Unlimited service.

  1. The Temptations – “Just My Imagination” 
  2. Savage Garden – “I Knew I Loved You (Before I Met You)” 
  3. Omarion – “M.I.A.
  4. Aaron Carter – “My Internet Girl” 
  5. Jimmy Buffet – “If the Phone Doesn’t Ring, It’s Me” 
  6. Beyonce – “Best Thing I Never Had” 
  7. 50 Cent ft. Justin Timberlake – “Ayo Technology” 
  8. Future – “Turn on the Lights (I’m Looking For Her)” 
  9. Eminem – “Love the Way You Lie
  10. Ben Folds – “You Don’t Know Me” 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Searching for some great movies to watch this weekend? How about some of this week’s most popular movies on the Video Unlimited service? A list which includes everything from laugh out loud moments with Seth MacFarlane’s irreverent stuffed bear, Ted, to skull-cracking action with the ultimate one-man justice deliverer Dredd.

Go on patrol with Karl Urban as he plays the role of judge, jury and executioner to clean up the slums of the future in this week’s most popular movie Dredd.

Got issues with the law? Then check out the runner-up flick Looper, where Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Bruce Willis, technically the same character separated by time, go on a time jumping mission to permanently eliminate a future mob boss.

Scroll down to see the rest of this week’s list:

  1. Hit and Run
  2. Resident Evil: Retribution
  3. Hotel Transylvania
  4. Ted (Unrated)
  5. Frankenweenie
  6. End of Watch
  7. Taken 2
  8. House At The End Of The Street
  9. Looper
  10. Dredd

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We here at Sony Entertainment Network are always thinking of new ways to answer some of your frequently asked questions or let you know about cool features that you might appreciate. Starting today, we’ll be bringing you a new blog series called “Did You Know” which covers Sony Entertainment Network topics including the Music Unlimited service, the Video Unlimited service, and the PlayStation® Store.

Look for this series to be featured in the monthly Sony Entertainment Network newsletter and here on our blog. Got a suggestion for a topic? Let us know in the comments section below!

To kick off the series, here’s a little known fact about the PlayStation®Store that makes watching videos on the go that much easier…

Those who frequent the PlayStation®Store know that most videos can be purchased in HD, SD, and in a special HD & SD bundle. This HD & SD bundle gives you an extra SD version of the video you’ve purchased for the same price as buying just the HD video. Also, because hard drive space is a very precious commodity on portable devices, the SD version offers the same video that is smaller in file size and suitable for viewing on many portable devices.

Since PS3™ is currently the only system that allows HD playback, nabbing the HD & SD bundle on your PS3™ lets you enjoy your purchased content in stunning HD through your PS3™, but also gives you the opportunity to own the same video in SD on your PSP™ and PS Vita™ devices. All you need to do is transfer the SD version of the video to your portable device. This is great way to finish up that episode of The Walking Dead when you’re on the go!

To transfer your video file onto a PSP™ system:

  1. Connect the PSP™ system to the PS3™ system using a USB cable. To copy files to Memory Stick™ media, insert the Memory Stick™ media into the PSP™ system.
  2. On the PSP™ system, select (Settings) > (USB Connection).
  3. On the PS3™ system, select the video file you want to copy or move, and then press the button.
  4. Select [Copy] or [Move]. Follow the on-screen instructions to copy or move the file.

To transfer your video file onto a PS Vita™ system:
Before doing this, make sure:

  • Insert the memory card into the PS Vita.
  • Link a Sony Entertainment Network account with your PS Vita system.
  • Sign in to the PlayStation Network on your PS3 system.
  • To use Content Manager, you must sign in to the same Sony Entertainment Network account on the PS3 as your PS Vita.
  • On the PS3, close all open applications and select [User].
  1. Connect your PS Vita to the PS3 system using a USB cable.

On the PS Vita, tap (Content Manager) > [Start].

  1. Tap either [ PS3 System → PS Vita System] or [ PS Vita System → PS3 System].
  1. Tap [Videos], [Music], [Photos], or [Applications].
  1. Select the checkboxes of the content your want to copy, and then tap [Copy]. For Applications, you have an additional option to Delete.

Videos, Music, Photos

Applications

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Park City, Utah is about to get crowded as the film world descends for the 2013 Sundance Film Festival. While Sony Entertainment Network won’t be there on the ground, there are a number of movies we’re looking forward to.

A.C.O.D.: The always-great Adam Scott plays a man who finds that, as a child, he was part of a study on divorce.

Ain’t Them Bodies Saints’: Casey Affleck is a man on the run from the law who just wants to get back to his wife, played by Rooney Mara.

Austenland: Keri Russell is one of a group of women who are obsessed with the world of Jane Austen, to the point of taking a vacation that promises the complete Austen experience.

Don Jon’s Addiction: Joseph Gordon-Levitt caps off a great couple of years with this directorial debut about a porn-addicted ladies man.

The Way, Way Back: The Oscar-winning writing team of Jim Rash and Nat Faxon (they won for The Descendants) are back with a cast including Sam Rockwell, Steve Carell and others.

Before Midnight: The third movie from director Richard Linklater and starring Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy as would-be lovers who have never met in the right place at the right time.

jOBS: We’re intrigued by the idea of Ashton Kutcher playing Apple guru Steve Jobs and will watch the reactions that come out of this movie’s screenings closely.

Lovelace: Famed porn actress Linda Lovelace is brought to life by Amanda Seyfried in this biopic.

Upstream Color: No idea what this one is really about, but the first couple of trailers have us interested to see what director Shane Carruth has in store.

Touchy Feely: Being big fans of director Lynn Shelton (Your Sister’s Sister, Humpday) we’re excited for this new one, starring Rosemarie DeWitt and Ellen Page.

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The world of unscripted TV is vast. There are cooking shows, model competitions, people looking for love in all the wrong places and so much more. To help you discover more new favorites, starting today we’re offering discounts on three unique reality TV shows now through February 2nd. Here’s what’s on sale:

Face-Off Seasons 2-4: Dive into the world of special effects make-up and the artists behind it all.

Bad Girls Club Seasons 4-10: Each season, a different group of women are put together into a house and challenged to change their destructive behaviors. As you can guess, more than half the enjoyment of the show is seeing them break the rules.

Ghost Hunters Seasons 1-9: Things get spooky as paranormal experts Jason Hawes and Grant Wilson investigate one strange happening after another, looking for strange images, weird smells and anything that could point to something from the great beyond.

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We’ve already seen some amazing new games hit the Playstation Store in 2013, and it’s not slowing down.

First up this week is the new DMC Devil May Cry. In this reimagining of the series you can join Dante as he tries to navigate the treacherous and demon filled streets of Limbo City. Facing new foes around every corner, Dante discovers an organization called ‘The Order’ who try to recruit him to help expel the demons taking over Limbo back to hell where they belong.

Nearly everyone on the planet has come in contact with the characters of the next big release coming this week, The Angry Birds Trilogy. Playstation 3 users will, for the first time, have the ability to fling birds at those always-taunting little piggies at home on a big screen TV. The Trilogy includes: Angry Birds, Angry Birds Seasons and Angry Birds Rio; plus, 19 exclusive levels.

Corpse Party: Book of Shadows is the latest PSP title to hit the Playstation Store. This game sequel takes place before, after and during the original game released last year, Corpse Party. With tons of unlockable extras and new features this game is sure to provide hours of spooky gameplay.

If you have trouble waking up in the morning then there’s a new app that you might find useful. Wake-Up Club is a free socially connected alarm clock app, now available on the PS Vita. It enables you and up to 11 friends to challenge each other to wake up, complete mini games and earn in-game achievements. You can sleep when you’re dead – there’s trophies to be won out there.

Check out the complete list of updates on the PlayStation Store here and let us know what releases you’re most excited about this year.

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The Last Exorcism II: Let’s move past the idea of something with “Last” in the title getting a sequel (gamers, see also “Rainbow Six Vegas 2”) and just take in this creepy flick about a woman who just can’t ditch the demon who’s stalking her, regardless of where she goes.

The power of the Video Unlimited service compels you to watch these other movies: The Last Exorcism, The Exorcist

Ghost Team One: This spoof of Paranormal Activity and its ilk has a much different take on the found-footage genre than others. Instead of over-playing all the jokes, this movie, which will premiere at the Slamdance Film Festival, simply puts a couple of incompetent dudes in the middle of the haunted house action..

Explore more haunted houses, both serious and otherwise, with these movies: Paranormal Activity 4, Scary Movie

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