PlayStation 3 Casts Vudu Spell

Straining to counter Microsoft’s inclusion of ESPN 3 on the Xbox 360, Sony is piling on video streaming apps at a heavy clip, adding pay-as-you-go streaming service Vudu to its stable of Hulu Plus and NHL GameCenter Live.

PlayStation Blog reports Sony is wisely opening up Vudu access to all PlayStation Network members rather than holding it back for suckers — your esteemed post author included — who subscribe to the little-used PlayStation Plus pay service.

The Vudu app comes to the PS3 next week. Rentals range from $2 to $6, and you get a $6 credit for signing up. If you’re planning on getting a new game machine in the next few weeks, what role will streaming video access play in your selection?

VUDU Comes to the PS3, Adding Another Choice for PSN Members to Experience Media Instantly [PlayStation Blog]