It’s been a big year for Sony’s Professional Solutions Group, which made a splash at NAB 2015 and IBC with the release of the HDC-4300 4K/high-speed/HD camera system. In addition, Sony continues to roll out products for its end-to-end, live 4K production ecosystem, live HDR production and its IP live production system.
Johannes Leonardo has picked up the account for Sony’s new PlayStation Vue streaming TV service after a review that began last fall, according to people familiar with the situation. The cloud-based TV service, delivered through Sony’s PS4 and PS3 consoles, has been available in initial markets such as New York, Chicago and Philadelphia since March, and limited promotion has appeared in those areas. A national campaign is expected to begin later this year as Sony gains rights to TV stations in other markets and the service expands.
Sony | Booth C11001 | Website: http://blog.sony.com/nab/ At NAB 2015, Sony is demonstrating an advanced 4K live over IP solution for live broadcasting. This solution centers on the world’s first 4K ready, IP networked live production switcher. The exhibit will also present prototypes of a baseband processor and a live server currently-in-development that will be […]
IP transport will touch so many aspects of television that it is positioned over time to supplant most everything people know and understand about TV workflows — from origination and contribution to distribution and consumption. The latest developments will be on display at next month’s NAB Show. This is the latest installment of a special series on emerging tech trends, NAB Hot Topics, that will appear each week leading up to the NAB Show that runs April 11-16 in Las Vegas. The schedule: March 26: Audio; April 2: Automation. Read the earlier installments here.
Sony on Wednesday launched PlayStation Vue in Chicago, New York and Philadelphia. Starting at $49.99 a month, the service offers more than 50 channels, including local CBS, Fox and NBC signals, and cable channels such as USA, TBS, Fox News and Discovery. Special features include the availability of the past three days of popular programming and personalization features based on a user’s viewing habits.
The gaming and electronics company announced Tuesday at the Game Developers Conference that its VR system nicknamed Project Morpheus will debut in the first half of 2016. Sony Corp. originally unveiled a prototype of the headset at last year’s gathering of video game developers. The headset works in tandem with Sony’s PlayStation 4 console and camera by covering users’ vision and simulating virtual worlds on screen.
Chief Executive Kazuo Hirai acknowledged the company had failed to keep abreast of changing times. Splitting out divisions will help make it more nimble, making each operation more accountable for results, he said.
Companies are proposing a next-generation broadcast TV tech standard to reach a number of goals. But one result that’s not been in the spotlight is the mega-bucks that will flow to them in the form of royalties from whatever patented technology they can squeeze into the new standard.
“The entertainment industry will be driven by the television business and not the movie business,” said Sony Pictures Television President Steve Mosko last night at a Chapman University panel session. TV used to be the industry’s “bastard child,” but it is now a creative mecca. “I think the motion picture business is still a great business, but there’s just so much television being produced — and so much good television being produced.” Execs of AMC and Netflix also appeared on the panel.
Sony will delay its fourth quarter earnings report as repairs remain ongoing to its hacked computer system. The systems, including accounting and financial applications, won’t be restored until early next month, underscoring the damage suffered by Sony Pictures after its film The Interview was targeted.
CEO Kazuo Hirai, who hasn’t spoken about publicly about the hack before, opened a press event at the International CES trade show in Las Vegas by saying he “would be remiss” if he didn’t mention the controversy over the Sony comedy, The Interview. Hirai did not offer any new information about the hack, but said Monday evening that freedom of speech and expression are “very important” to Sony and its entertainment business.
The Sony hacking attack continues to deliver more dramatic plotlines than any fictional movie, but meanwhile the movie studio must move forward and tackle the next steps in minimizing the mess. Will Sony eventually release “The Interview” in some form? In theaters, on DVD or online? And what recourse does the company have against the North Korean-linked hackers?
The decision by the Obama adminstration to openly blame North Korea — which involved the State Department and U.S. intelligence agencies — escalated an intriguing global game of brinkmanship that included the disclosure of confidential Sony emails and business files and threats of terror attacks against U.S. movie theaters until Sony agreed to cancel the Christmas Day release of its comedy, “The Interview,” which the hackers had demanded partly over a scene depicting the assassination of North Korea’s leader.
The internal emails leaked in a massive computer hack at Sony Pictures have captivated an entertainment industry that’s all ears for scandalous revelations. Beyond the dirty laundry, however, the release of inside information is expected to force significant changes in the way freewheeling Hollywood does business.
After 10 years and more than $7 billion in losses, Sony Corp. ’s television unit is poised to again post an annual profit. But the question remains: Is the once-proud business really worth keeping? Masashi Imamura, who oversees the TV division, says there is still value in it for Japan’s most famous consumer-electronics company, even at a time when traditional television viewing is losing out to other kinds of digital content, and low-cost upstarts like Vizio Inc. of the U.S. and Hisense Co. of China have undercut established TV manufacturers.
Things have come to a halt at Sony today, after the computers in New York and around the world were infiltrated by a hacker. As a precaution, computers in Los Angeles were shut down while the corporation deals with the breach. It has basically brought the whole global corporation to an electronic standstill.
Named PlayStation Vue, the cloud-based TV service will be accessible via PlayStation gaming consoles and given a soft invitation-only beta launch from this month in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago and Philadelphia. A wider commercial launch is anticipated in the first quarter of 2015.
Viacom has agreed to let Sony’s forthcoming cloud-based TV service carry 22 Viacom networks upon launch. The deal is the first of its kind for Viacom, a telecommunications giant that owns networks including MTV, Nickelodeon, Comedy Central and TV Land. Sony’s cloud-based TV service will offer subscribers Internet-based live TV and video on demand from major programmers.
Samsung and Sony are escalating their fight for the attention — and dollars — of TV buyers. Both electronics giants will open up special areas in Best Buy stores to showcase 4K TVs and other home entertainment products. Sony arguably has home-field advantage, given its long legacy as a premium TV manufacturer. Samsung, however, is the No. 1 TV vendor in the world, and this new partnership can only help cement that position.
Sony introduced the PXW-X180 handheld camcorder with support for wireless LAN camera control and submission of proxy video at its 2014 NAB Show press conference on April 6. The new XDCAM camcorder creates images with three 1/3-inch HD Exmor CMOS sensors and comes with a 25x optical zoom Sony G lens. It records to solid […]
Sony tries to make the PlayStation a home for TV by offering original programming through the gaming console. The superhero show Powers will be launch the effort.
Sony reported a net profit of $266 million in the third quarter of FY2013, compared with a loss of $106 million the same period the previous year.
The affiliate lineup comprises 23 Univision-owned stations including WFUT New York and KFTR Los Angeles, Word Broadcasting’s WBNA Louisville, Ky., and a station in Bakersfield, Calif., that GetTV is not yet ready to identify. At launch today, the network will be in 17 of the top 20 markets.
New Internet-based entertainment services, including a streaming game service and a cloud-based TV service, highlighted Sony’s Tuesday morning keynote at the Consumer Electronics Show.
Netflix exec Reed Hastings says 4K streaming is “very practical with HEVC compression.”
Sony Corp. agreed to sell its Gracenote audio-recognition software business to Tribune Co. for $170 million, part of the consumer-electronics maker’s effort to shed units as it focuses on fewer products. Tribune said it will combine Gracenote with its media-services division, which provides digital data on TV shows and movies.
Former ATSC Chairman John Godfrey, VP communications policy and regulatory affairs at Samsung, was elected to come back and serve on the board again. He’s joined by Mark Eyer of Sony and John Taylor of LG Electronics USA, both of whom were elected to a second term.