Vidgo launches on Sony smart TVs in the US

US live TV streaming service Vidgo is now available on Sony smart TVs across the US. Vidgo is offering all new and existing Sony TV users across the US a free 30-day trial to its Vidgo Premium package – normally priced at US$79.95 per month – with no obligation for a contract. With this 30-day […]

Indian watchdog approves Sony-Zee merger

The merger of Zee Entertainment Enterprises and Sony’s Indian unit has been approved by the country’s competition watchdog. The merger, first announced in December 2021, appeared to be on the rocks last month when the Competition Commission of India (CCI) said that the US$10 billion combined entity would have “unparalleled bargaining power” and launched a […]

Merged Sony-Zee would have ‘adverse effect on competition’, says Indian watchdog

The Competition Commission of India (CCI) has reportedly decided that the proposed merger of Sony Pictures Networks India (SPNI) and Zee Entertainment will hurt competition in the country and will launch a further investigation into the tie-up. The merger, announced in December 2021, would create a US$10 billion media behemoth across TV, cinema and streaming […]

Molotov launches on PlayStation

French hybrid OTT service Molotov has launched on Sony’s PlayStation PS4 game consoles, with plans to launch on the PS5 later this year. Molotov said that the launch of the service on the game consoles represented a real alternative to Blu-ray players, connected TVs and other connected screens as a way to view its offering. […]

Spider-Man to land on Disney+ as company agrees deal with Sony

Disney has agreed a content deal with Sony that will see its Spider-Man films to Disney+. While the most recent trilogy of Spider-Man films are part of the ‘Marvel Cinematic Universe’ (MCU), they had previously not been available on Disney’s streaming service due to tie-ups with Sony that predate the Mouse House’s US$4 billion acquisition […]

Crunchyroll CEO Colin Decker exits following Funimation merger

Colin Decker, who became CEO of anime streamer Crunchyroll following its merger with Funimation last month, is exiting the company. Decker, who previously headed up Funimation, leaves the role after more than three years at Sony, which acquired Funimation in 2017. He will be succeeded by Rahul Purini, the current COO of Crunchyroll, who also served in […]

Amazon and Reliance to make plays for domestic IPL rights

Amazon and Reliance Industries are considering making big plays for domestic rights to cricket’s lucrative Indian Premier League (IPL). The IPL is one of the most-watched sports competitions in the world. The 2020 edition of the IPL, broadcast by Disney-owned Star India, was watched for 383 billion minutes while the opening match alone attracted more […]

Sony announces PlayStation VR2

Sony has confirmed plans to launch a follow-up to its popular PlayStation VR headset. Plans for the device, simply called PlayStation VR2, were revealed by Sony Interactive Entertainment president and CEO Jim Ryan during the company’s CES 2022 presentation. While the device itself is yet to be revealed – along with pricing and a release […]

Sony picks up Bundesliga rights for India

Sony Pictures Networks India (SPNI) has agreed a two-year licencing agreement with the German Bundesliga. The deal gives Sony the exclusive media rights to broadcast the Bundesliga across the Indian Subcontinent, with the agreement including India, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Nepal, Sri Lanka, the Maldives and Pakistan. The deal runs through to the end of the 2022-23 […]

Zee accuses Invesco of hypocrisy in criticism of Sony merger

Indian media company Zee has shot back at major shareholder Invesco as the companies continue to trade blows. Invesco, which along with OFI Global China Fund LLC owns 17.88% of Zee’s shares, has been highly critical of Zee’s governance and financial dealings. Earlier this week, the company published an open letter to Zee’s shareholders where […]

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