Video download service coming to US this summer

President of Sony Computer Entertainment Kazuo Hirai has confirmed that the platform holder will be debuting its PlayStation Network movie download service in North America this summer.

Speaking at the company’s mid-term strategy meeting, Hirai stated the firm would be rolling out the service initially to US territories, with Japan and Europe receiving the feature at a later date.

Full details have yet to be revealed, although more information is expected to arrive some time next month.

Elsewhere, the company also revealed that over 9.8 million PSN accounts have been registered globally, with users accumulating in the region of 170 million downloads, equating to roughly 86 peta bytes of data.

“In the game segment, the two key drivers of new growth are non-game content and services in tandem with enhanced network capability,” stated the firm.

“Sony also expects to achieve profitability in this segment in the fiscal year ending March 31, 2009, a significant year-on-year improvement due to hardware cost reductions and an enhanced line-up of software titles for PlayStation 3."

Stay tuned.