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Sony Delivers Worthy VR Experience

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Sony isn’t the first to make virtual reality a reality, but in waiting, the company has delivered a worthy experience that’s cheaper, more comfortable and more convenient than the two high-end systems already out. That could help boost a technology that’s had a rocky start. After four years of anticipation, Facebook’s […]

Sony Promises VR Music Video, Other Content

Sony Interactive Entertainment Japan Asia President Atsushi Morita appeared at a Tokyo event Tuesday, ahead of the Tokyo Game Show annual exhibition opening later this week. He announced the company’s preparing music, movies and other kinds of entertainment to augment games on its virtual reality headgear.

IBC 2016 PRODUCTS PREVIEW

From The IBC Exhibit Floor: Sony

Sony | Stand C.101 | Website: www.pro.sony.eu Today, Sony unveiled how it is reshaping media solutions, introducing new ideas, approaches and technology on the opening day of IBC 2016. Sony’s announcements included developments in image, IP and media workflow. The company also showcased how its “Beyond Definition” vision and technology heritage serve as the foundation […]

TVN TECH: NEW FACILITIES INSIDER

KING Hits A Grand Slam At Home Plate Center

While Tegna’s Seattle TV properties downsized with the move to a new operations center, they upsized in technology, collaboration and growth potential. The new digs turn out more than 18 hours of news a day with state-of-the-art equipment including Sony cameras, automation, production switchers and news automation that controls gear from Evertz, Logitek, Grass Valley, Abekas and Ross Video.

Sony Chief Kazuo Hirai To Deliver MIPCOM Keynote

NAB HOT TOPICS

Competing Visions Of IP To Unfold At NAB

When it comes to video, no fewer than four different options for IP transport (plus a variety of protocols and standards) will be proffered as alternatives to SDI baseband transport at the NAB Show in Las Vegas next month. From them, a few major themes are likely to emerge. For more information about IP newsgathering solutions at the NAB Show, click here.  For a resources guide to the companies mentioned in this story, click here. Read all the 2016 NAB Hot Topics stories here.

NAB ’16 Tech Hot Topics Products: Road To IP

This year, TVNewsCheck is augmenting its coverage of NAB Show Hot Topics tech trends stories with information that can make your visit to NAB easier. This week’s focus is The Road To IP (read the main story here). These companion resource guides on the technology covered each week are compilations of information provided by vendors. To download this […]

Sony’s PlayStation Vue Rolls Out Nationally

PlayStation Vue’s streaming service, which had been limited to major cities during its first year, will start at $30 a month in the new regions. That’s $10 cheaper than current packages, but it won’t include over-the-air channels, such as stations for ABC and Fox. Vue’s seven older markets — big cities including New York City and San Francisco — won’t have access to the new, cheaper deal.

NAB HOT TOPICS

A Sight To See: Cameras In Focus At NAB

With broadcasters making plans to move to an ATSC 3.0 future that supports 4K and — more immediately — looking to leverage IP, the cloud and other technologies to improve workflows, the cameras at this year’s NAB Show will reflect the efforts of vendors to understand the evolving needs of broadcasters and address those requirements with their latest designs. Above, JVC’s GY-HM2005P. For a resources guide to the companies mentioned in this story, click here.

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Super Technology For The Super Bowl

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Golf Channel Plans HD, 4K Live Production

CES 2016

Sony To Launch 4K Streaming Service In U.S.

Sony plans to launch a 4K streaming service in the U.S. aimed at providing purchasers of its 4K Bravia TVs with some content to play on them. The transactional service will provide users of Sony’s new HDR TVs streams in the high-resolution Ultra HD format, complemented by High Dynamic Range (HDR) technology.

NBC Sports Uses Aspen Solution From Evertz, Sony

Last Nail In The Coffin For Sony’s Betamax

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Sony Announces New XDCAM ENG Camcorder

Q&A WITH KOICHI YAMANAKA & KENTO SAYAMA

Sony Talks 4K Roadmap, HDR, Promise Of IP

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.

Sony Taps Agency To Launch Vue Service

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 Adds T-Commerce App To Smart TVs

NAB 2015 Tech: Sony’s 4K IP Switcher

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 […]

TVN TECH: NAB HOT TOPICS

IP-Enabled Workflow Advances Set For NAB

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 Launches PlayStation Vue OTT Service

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.

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Sony Updates Camera Software

GAME DEVELOPERS CONFERENCE

Sony To Launch Virtual-Reality Headset In ’16

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.

Sony To Spin Off Video-Audio Business

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.

TVN FOCUS ON BUSINESS

Billions Of $ At Stake In ATSC Next-Gen Effort

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.

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Sony Introduces 4K OLED Master Monitor

Sony’s Mosko: TV Biz New Star Of Show Biz

“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: Computers Still Broken After Hack

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.

CES 2015

Sony CEO Breaks Silence On ‘Interview’ Hack

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.

As Dust Clears, What’s Next For Sony?

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?

U.S. Accuses North Korea Of Sony Hack

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.

Sony Hack Fallout May Change Hollywood

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.

Sony’s TV Biz Mends, But Will It Be Enough?

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.

Sony Paralyzed By Computer Hacker Attack

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.

Sony Set To Test Streaming Video Service

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.

IBC 2014

Sony Debuts 4K Camcorder For Handheld Use

Sony Cloud-Based Service In Big Viacom Deal

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.

FIFA, Sony Reflect On World Cup Tech innovations

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35 Years Ago Today: The Portable Revolution Began

Sony, Samsung Step Up 4K War At Best Buy

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.