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 […]

Sony launches UHD movie platform Bravia Core

Sony has launched its Bravia Core streaming service. Initially revealed in January, the service promises to present users with “near lossless” UHD streaming that achieves close to UHD Blu-ray disc picture quality. Streaming is up to 80Mbps, while Netflix, for example, streams at a maximum of 16Mbps. Available on all Bravia XR TVs, the service […]

Crunchyroll surpasses four million subscribers; announces development deal with Idris Elba

Specialist anime streaming service Crunchyroll has surpassed its latest milestone of four million subscribers. The service was previously at three million subscribers in July 2020, while registered users have increased in that time from 70 million to 100 million. Paying premium subscribers are on average watching 100 minutes of content a day – up from […]

Sony launches Bravia Core movie service with lossless UHD

Sony has revealed its new line of Bravia XR TV sets, and an accompanying streaming service which promises quality on a par with Blu-ray discs. While platforms such as Netflix do offer streaming in 4K, some videophiles have criticised these providers for encoding practices which have, they claim, negatively impacted video quality. Netflix, for example, […]

AT&T agrees US$1.175 billion Crunchyroll sale to Sony

Sony has agreed to buy AT&T-owned Anime streaming service Crunchyroll in a deal worth US$1.175 billion. Announced on Wednesday by AT&T, the service – which has three million paying subscribers – will be incorporated into Sony’s own anime streamer Funimation. The acquisition also includes streaming rights to more than 1,000 anime titles. The sale was […]

Apple TV app launches on Sony TVs

Apple has widened the net for support of Apple TV on Sony TVs. Following an initial launch on its XH90 model last month, the v6.4960 firmware update for Sony smart TVs brings the app to most of its sets launched in the past few years. In particular, the update will cover all 2020 Android TV […]

TikTok agrees music licencing deal with Sony

  Short-form video app TikTok has announced a licencing agreement with Sony that will bring songs from the record label’s artists to the app. While the deal is of note, it should be largely invisible to users who have become accustomed to having access to music from across the world within the app. TikTok however […]

AT&T and Sony enter final negotiations over US$957 million Crunchyroll sale

AT&T is reportedly in final negotiations with Sony over a US$957 million sale of anime streamer Crunchyroll. The streamer is several layers down the AT&T totem poll, owned and operated by WarnerMedia subsidiary Otter Media. The service surpassed 3 million paying users earlier this year, and has over 70 million members worldwide. The streamer was […]

Netflix, Disney+ and other streaming apps confirmed for PS5 launch

Sony has confirmed that Netflix, Disney+ and a number of other streaming services will be available on the upcoming PlayStation 5 games console when it launches next month. In a blog post, the company said that the PS5 will have a wide range of streaming apps on the console which will serve as many users’ […]

Sony announces purchase of Nevion

Sony has announced the purchase of Norwegian communications equipment company Nevion. Terms of the deal have not been disclosed. The company said that the acquisition of the virtualised media production solutions provider would “further enhance its portfolio, providing end-to-end IP and cloud-based production solutions for broadcasting and other applications.” Sony has been a minority shareholder […]