Sony Pictures TV To Produce Comic Book Drama Series ‘Powers’ For PlayStation

By | Wednesday March 19, 2014 @ 5:34pm PDT
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250px-PowerscoverSony’s PlayStation video game console is the latest digital platform to enter the original programming space. Its first show will be hourlong drama Powers, based on the graphic novel by Brian Michael Bendis and Michael Avon Oeming. The series … Read More »

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Sony Sets PS4 Release For November 15

By | Tuesday August 20, 2013 @ 11:49am PDT

David Bloom is a Deadline contributor.

Sony Playstation 4PlayStation Group CEO and president Andrew House told a press event at the big GamesCon conference in Germany today that the company’s next-generation game console, the PS4, will be released November … Read More »

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Microsoft Backs Off Xbox One Restrictions

By | Wednesday June 19, 2013 @ 4:14pm PDT

David Bloom is a Deadline contributor.

Just a week after a splashy but criticized debut at E3, Microsoft has backed off controversial policies for its upcoming Xbox One game console that had clouded its chances against Sony’s competing PlayStation 4. Don Mattrick, who heads Microsoft’s Xbox unit, posted a blog entry saying the company had heard from many gamers and, “You told us how much you loved the flexibility you have today with games delivered on disc. The ability to lend, share, and resell these games at your discretion is of incredible importance to you. Also important to you is the freedom to play offline, for any length of time, anywhere in the world.” Read More »

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Sony PS4 To Undercut Microsoft Xbox One By $100, Setting Up Potential Price War

By | Monday June 10, 2013 @ 9:23pm PDT

David Bloom is a Deadline contributor.

Sony Playstation 4Sony’s big annual pre-E3 media briefing Monday night set up a potentially brutal price competition with Microsoft’s next-gen game console this holiday season, with the PlayStation 4 costing $100 less than the Xbox One. As predicted, Sony also touted more of the PS4’s entertainment capabilities than it did in an initial unveiling event in February, even inviting Sony Entertainment Chairman Michael Lynton onstage for the first time. Lynton promised enhanced video and music programming on the PlayStation Network online service, with content tailored for gamer interests.

“Sony Pictures will do everything in our power to drive the success of the PlayStation 4 by developing programming with gamers in mind and providing access to incredible content,” Lynton said. The Video Unlimited and Music Unlimited services will launch the same day as the PS4. Sony also will add the Flixster online movie service to the PlayStation Network later this year, joining apps there for such streaming services as Netflix and Hulu. Read More »

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Sony Targets PS4 For Holiday 2013

By | Wednesday February 20, 2013 @ 6:30pm PST

David Bloom is a Deadline contributor.

The long-anticipated successor to the PlayStation 3 videogame console will come with vastly improved online video streaming capability for Netflix and other entertainment companies. PlayStation 3 is already Netflix’s biggest delivery platform, Sony executive Andrew House noted, but the PS4 has been designed and built to handle those tasks better. The console will also have built-in social-media sharing, video creation and cloud computing, all built on a powerful backbone that should keep costs down and improve user and content developer experience, or so Sony says. The company also announced new partnerships with Facebook and video-streaming company Ustream, and promised new or expanded partnerships with entertainment companies to deliver movies, TV shows and other, more-traditional content. Read More »

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Netflix Brings “Just For Kids” Programming To PlayStation 3

By | Monday March 12, 2012 @ 5:23am PDT

LOS GATOS, Calif., March 12, 2012 – Netflix, Inc. (NASDAQ:NFLX) today announced the availability of “Just for Kids” on the PlayStation® 3 (PS3) game console, further expanding the availability of the section popular with kids and caregivers.

Netflix “Just for Kids” makes it easier and more fun for kids and families to browse and instantly watch a large selection of kid-friendly TV shows and movies. Since introducing the section in August 2011, Netflix members have watched more than one billion hours of kids titles.

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Sony Wants Its Own Digital Video Service, But Don’t Count On A War With Cable

I’m told that Sony is indeed sounding out cable programmers including Discovery, NBCUniversal, and News Corp to see whether they’re willing to cut deals to have their shows streamed to Sony devices such as PlayStations and Blu-ray players. The Japanese tech and entertainment giant is thinking about a model that would resemble Amazon’s with its new Kindle Fire tablet: It might cut the price of the devices, and count on subscription payments to make up the lost revenues. But nothing is imminent. And the feeling is that The Wall Street Journal, which broke the news about Sony’s plans this morning, pushed too hard on the possibility that the tech and entertainment giant might end up with a full-fledged rival to cable TV. Sony has raised the idea with programmers of offering channels live, just as they’d appear on cable. Insiders tell me, though, that there’s only a remote possibility that Sony will make much headway with that idea — except perhaps with minor networks that have few carriage deals. They consider it significant that Sony is telling programmers that it is open to creating a more conventional subscription VOD service like Netflix, Amazon, or Hulu Plus. Google, Apple, Microsoft, and Samsung have also been sniffing around to see what programming they can offer via the Internet, and on what terms. Meanwhile, pay TV companies are working on TV Everywhere deals so they can stream shows to subscribers’ digital devices. Read More »

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Sony Earnings Slammed By Tsunami and PlayStation Woes

By | Monday May 23, 2011 @ 5:31am PDT

Sony said this morning that Japan’s earthquake and tsunami, and the security breach of its PlayStation Network, wreaked havoc with the company’s earnings. The electronics giant will report a $3.2 billion loss for the fiscal year that ended in March — a far … Read More »

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Sony’s Qriocity TV Service Hacked Too

By | Wednesday April 27, 2011 @ 6:54am PDT

Sony’s admission that its PlayStation Network and Qriocity on-demand TV service have been compromised by a lone computer hacker is “a significant short-term blow” for the company, Michael French, editor-in-chief of games trade magazine MCV tells me. It is believed … Read More »

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