Sony Computer Entertainment Europe and Polyphony Digital launched Gran Turismo TV (GT-TV) on 1st August 2008.

Accessed direct from Gran Turismo 5 Prologue and delivered via the PlayStation Network, the service offers original Gran Turismo content from Polyphony Digital, along with a range of licensed video content from some of motor sports most famous brands, including Top Gear, Video Option (Japanese Tuned Car Video Magazine series), D1 Grand Prix, Super GT Championship, and Best MOTORing (Japan's leading Car Magazine Video Programme).

As part of a two-week introductory offer, GT-TV content will be available for $1.90 per episode, with each episode viewable for two weeks from download.

In addition, GT-TV also includes new video control features, allowing viewers to fast forward, rewind, and even move between chapters when viewing video content. Viewers can also have up to eight background downloads running simultaneously, with the option to pause individual downloads and resume again later.

The technology behind GT-TV is part of a free upgrade to Gran Turismo 5 Prologue that also includes:

  • Improvements in download speeds for online updates
  • Improvements to the top times rankings display
  • Changes to the tyre selection in time trial
  • Improved physics during collisions between cars when racing online
  • Improved car physics including enhanced controllability when equipping S1-S3 tires, and R1-R3 tires
  • Improved penalty judgment during a race
  • Changed calculation rules for performance points
  • New My Page background feature.

To find out more, visit the official site.