Sony Qriocity on-demand movie service extends into Europe, 'Music Unlimited' coming by year's end

Vlad Savov
V. Savov|09.01.10

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Sony Qriocity on-demand movie service extends into Europe, 'Music Unlimited' coming by year's end
Sony has just informed Euroland that its Qriocity on-demand ecosystem will be showing up in the continent's wealthier regions this fall. France, Germany, Italy, Spain, and the UK will get a chance to savor the Video On Demand option, which will form the vanguard of a wideranging content streaming service, available on Sony networked devices -- yes, that includes the do-it-all PlayStation 3. The heavyweight movie studios behind the venture include 20th Century Fox, Lionsgate, MGM, NBC Universal, Paramount and, of course, Sony's moviemaking arm. But you already knew that, given that the whole enchilada's been available to American gringos since April. All Qriocity participants will get to use a new Music Unlimited service, which is launching by the end of the year with as yet undetermined pricing. Plans are also afoot to offer Qriocity on third party devices, but until then you'll wanna make sure to have one of them newfangled web-connected Bravia TVs or any of the litany of Blu-ray players and home theater setups Sony is busy promoting right this minute.
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Sony announces "Video On Demand powered by Qriocity™" extending into Europe

Plans for "Music Unlimited powered by Qriocity™" cloud-based music service unveiled

In November 2009, Sony Corporation (Sony) confirmed that it was developing a network service platform called Sony Online Services (SOLS) - now called Qriocity™. Qriocity is a network service platform that connects many of Sony's network-enabled devices and allows consumers to enjoy high quality entertainment across multiple devices. Via Qriocity, Sony will deliver a variety of digital entertainment content and services that are "powered by Qriocity", including video, music, game applications, and e-books over time, and through these services, and in combination with its networked devices, Sony aims to bring new and exciting entertainment experiences to customers.

Today at the IFA 2010 show in Berlin, Sony announced that "Video On Demand powered by Qriocity™", a premium streaming video service, will be available this autumn in five European countries including France, Germany, Italy, Spain and the U.K. With "Video On Demand powered by Qriocity," customers can choose from hundreds of box office hits from 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment, Lionsgate, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios Inc. (MGM), NBC Universal International Television Distribution, Paramount Pictures, Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, The Walt Disney Company, and Warner Bros. Digital Distribution, as well as popular content from top local studios. Many movies are available in High Definition (HD) as well as Standard Definition (SD), and all can be rented at the touch of a button on Sony's 2010 models of network-enabled BRAVIA® TVs and Blu-ray Disc™ players, and Blu-ray Home Theatre systems. "Video On Demand powered by Qriocity" has been available in the U.S. since April 2010.

Sony also announced plans to introduce "Music Unlimited powered by Qriocity™", a new, cloud-based, digital music service. Available by year's end, "Music Unlimited powered by Qriocity" will give music lovers access to millions of songs stored and synchronised through the cloud. "Music Unlimited powered by Qriocity" will initially be available across Sony's 2010 models of network-enabled BRAVIA TVs, Blu-ray Disc players, Blu-ray Home Theatre systems, as well as PlayStation®3 computer entertainment systems and VAIOs and other personal computers, and will become increasingly available on a range of Sony's portable devices.

"Music Unlimited powered by Qriocity" brings together the features cited as most important by music enthusiasts. With access to a huge library of songs through the cloud, users can discover new music through channels personalised to their tastes on multiple devices and without the requirement to manage digital music files. The convenience resulting from this new consumer music experience will further enhance the value of music, thus creating new opportunities for the industry. Details of the service plan will be announced in the future.

"We are excited to offer our customers high quality, cloud-based entertainment experiences across many of Sony's network-enabled devices," said Kazuo Hirai, President of Networked Products & Services Group, Sony Corporation. "Services 'powered by Qriocity' will revolutionise the way that users play, listen, watch, share, communicate, learn, discover and create their digital entertainment content."

"Qriocity" is a trademark of Sony Corporation

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