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 […]

Invesco doubles down on Zee criticisms, calls on shareholders to revolt

Investment firm Invesco has lashed out against the proposed merger between Indian media giant Zee and Sony Group. Announced last month, Sony Pictures Networks India (SPNI) announced a deal to take control of Zee Entertainment. The proposed merger would combine both companies’ linear networks, digital assets, production operations and programme libraries, with Sony Pictures Entertainment […]

Antenna Group acquires Sony’s CEE channels

  Sony Pictures Television (SPT) has continued its withdrawal from the global channels business by selling its 22 pay-TV networks and two streaming services in Central and Eastern Europe (CEE) to Antenna Group. Antenna has bought SPT’s CEE AXN, Sony and Viasat Pay TV channels and on demand services in the region, as part of what it described […]

Funimation expands in Lat Am

Sony-owned anime streamer Funimation has further expanded into Latin America, launching in Colombia, Chile and Peru yesterday. Arriving with a web-only preview, the full SVOD service will roll out next month on various apps, smart TV platforms and gaming consoles, including Android, iOS, Roku, PlayStation and Xbox. The new launches follow Funimation’s arrival in Mexico […]

YouTube TV launches on PlayStation 5 consoles

Google has launched its YouTube TV app on PlayStation 5 games consoles. Arriving some six months after the console launched in November 2020, YouTube TV is a US-only cord-cutting TV service that starts from US$64.99 per month. The app’s introduction will help to bridge the gap for streaming apps between the two leading games consoles […]

Sony trials PlayStation Plus Video Pass in Poland

Sony is testing a video streaming service for its PlayStation platform. The service, called PlayStation Plus Video Pass, is being trialed in Poland and offers access to a small library of content owned by Sony Pictures. At present, 15 movies and six TV shows are available, with Sony promising more every three months.  Rather than […]

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