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Sony PlayStation Store will Discontinue Movie and TV Purchases



The ability to purchase movies and TV shows on PlayStation is coming to an end, according to a post made on the PlayStation Blog. This change will not happen immediately, but you may want to prioritize the TV show or movie you had been considering buying and watching on your PlayStation.

The post on the PlayStation Blog was written by Head of Video Business, SIE, Vanessa Lee:

At SIE, we strive to provide the best entertainment experience for PlayStation fans, and that means evolving our offerings as customer needs change. We’ve seen tremendous growth from PlayStation fans using subscription-based and ad-based entertainment streaming services on our consoles. With this shift in customer behavior, we have decided to no longer offer movie and TV purchases and rentals through PlayStation Store as of August 31, 2021.

When this change goes into effect, users can still access movies and TV content they have purchased through PlayStation Store for on-demand playback on their PS4, PS5 and mobile devices. We thank our fans for their continued support, and we look forward to further enhancing the entertainment experience on PlayStation.

Variety reported that Sony first launched video rentals and sales in the PlayStation Store in July of 2008, having inked distribution pacts with major studios. According to Variety, Sony is shutting down its digital video store after double-digit growth in the sector in 2020 amid the pandemic. Variety stated that Sony said it is exiting the transactional VOD (video-on-demand) business because it sees more PlayStation users adopting free and subscription streaming-services.

To me, that makes sense. It will be hard for Sony to compete with Disney+, Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime Video, HBO Max, The Criterion Channel, IMDB TV and more. In my opinion, Sony will do well to stick to video games – especially ones that are exclusive to PS4 or PS5. Diablo II Resurrected will be playable on both of those consoles, and has plenty of fans of the series anxiously awaiting its release.


Sony Launches Digital Presence for CES 2021



Sony, heading into its 50th year as an exhibitor at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES), announced details of its digital participation in the upcoming 2021 online event. The company will showcase its innovations as a Creative Entertainment company with a solid foundation of technology at this year’s digital-only event, January 11-14, 2021.

Sony encourages CES 2021 attendees to join the live press conference and presentations on the official CES platform, and all are also invited to engage with the free, publicly available content on Sony’s own digital platform “Sony Square”. Members of the media can access and download additional CES-related resources and materials from Sony on the Consumer Technology Association (CTA) website or on Sony Square at the following sessions:

January 11th, 2:00 – 2:30 p.m. PST Accessible on the CES site and Sony Square live
Sony Digital Press Event featuring Chairman, President and CEO of Sony Corporation Kenichiro Yoshida and top executives from Sony Interactive Entertainment, Sony Pictures Entertainment and Sony Music Entertainment, Global insights from Sony.

January 12th, 10:4 – 11:15 a.m. PSTAccessible on the CES site live, and also on demand on Sony Square shortly

“Sony Electronics of North America Announcements” Spotlight Session – This is a “Can’t Miss” event that will break down all major news and updates you need to know, shared directly by Sony Electronics executives. North American senior executives presenting will include: Mike Fasulo, President and COO; Neal Manowitz, Deputy President, Imaging Products Solutions of America; Dunja La Rosa, Head of Sales, Home Entertainment and Sound; Mark Hanson, Vice President, Technology and Business Innovation, Sony Semiconductor Solutions of America; moderated by Cheryl Goodman, Head of Corporate Communications and Corporate Social Responsibility. Look for highlights on television, audio, artificial intelligence, sensors, 5G, mobility, accessibility and social justice.

January 13th, 9:15 – 9:45 a.m. PSTAccessible on the CES site live, and also on demand on Sony Square shortly

Sony Spotlight Session “When CSR Aligns with Consumer Values” – Session will unpack the confluence between a business’ ROI and CSR, while exploring how cognitive diversity drives better societal and customer outcomes, with insights from the following industry leaders:
– NPD Group CEO Karyn Schoenbart (@karynschoenbart)
– Co-Founder of SeaLegacy and President of Only One, and Alpha Female Cristina Mittermeier (@cmittermeier)
– Sony Music Group EVP of Philanthropy and Social Impact Towalame Austin (@TTowalame)
– Sony Electronics Inc. President and COO Mike Fasulo (@MikeFasulo)
– Sony Electronics Inc. Head of Corporate Communications and Corporate Social Responsibility Cheryl Goodman (@Ckgoodman)


PlayStation Announced PS5 will Launch in November



Sony announced that PlayStation 5 will launch in November. The price starts at $399 for the PS5 Digital Edition and $499 for PS5 with Ultra HD Blu-Ray Disc Drive. This puts PlayStation 5 at a slightly higher price than Microsoft’s Xbox Series S, which is priced at $299.

Starting on November 12, PS5 will be available in seven key markets: the U.S., Japan, Canada, Mexico, Australia, New Zealand, and South Korea. The global rollout will continue on November 19 with launches throughout the rest of the world, including Europe, Middle East, South America, Asia and South Africa.

Preorders will be available starting today at select retailers. Sony recommends you check with your local retailer.

Sony is offering two types of consoles so players can choose if they want a digital-only experience, or a disc-based version. Both offer the same breathtaking next-gen gaming experiences.

Both models come with the same custom processor, with integrated CPU and GPU for high-fidelity visuals, including 4K graphics and ray-tracing support, as well as the same ultra-high-speed SSD with integrated I/O for lighting fast loading. PS5’s 3D audio and the DualSense Wireless Controller will also provide the same heightened sense of immersion on all PS5s.

Kotaku reported that Sony clarified that the trailer claiming that Demon Souls would be coming to PC and “other consoles” was a mistake. It will only be available on PS5. Other PS5 exclusive games include Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Moralas, and Call of Duty Black Ops: Cold War.

As always, there will be a group of players who only play video games on PC who will be angry that they need to buy a PS5 for some games – or miss out on them. Those who enjoy playing video games on PC, consoles, and phones/tablets, are likely to be more receptive to Sony’s decision to make some games exclusive to PS5.


Sony Announced $250 Million Investment in Epic Games



Sony Corporation and Epic Games Inc. announced that Sony has agreed to make a strategic investment of $250 million to acquire a minority interest in Epic though a wholly-owned subsidiary of Sony. The investment cements an already close relationship between the two companies and reinforces the shared mission to advance the state of the art technology, entertainment, and socially-connected online services.

The investment allows Sony and Epic to broaden their collaboration across Sony’s leading portfolio of entertainment assets and technology, and Epic’s social entertainment platform and digital ecosystem to create unique experiences for consumers and creators. The closing of the investment is subject to customary closing conditions including regulatory approvals.

Venture Beat reported that the relationship between Epic and Sony was strengthened when Epic first showed the Unreal Engine 5 graphics running on a PlayStation 5. Previous to Sony’s investment, Epic raised $1.58 billion in three previous rounds of funding. In 2012, Epic received a $330 million investment from Tencent for a 40% ownership stake.

Epic Games is the developer and publisher of Fortnite, a game that is incredibly popular. This popularity was enhanced by Ninja (Tyler Blevins) who started streaming Fortnite on Twitch, then moved to Mixer, and then moved to YouTube. Fortnite, according to Hollywood Reporter, has 350 million registered users.

So, what is Epic getting from the Sony investment? Business Insider reported that Sony’s $250 million investment puts Epic’s current valuation at just under $18 billion.

What is Sony getting from this investment? Hollywood Reporter suggests that Sony will benefit from Epic’s Unreal real-time gaming engine, which is growing in use in Hollywood animation, VFX and production communities. Unreal was used in Jon Favreau’s The Mandalorian. So, the collaboration between Sony and Epic could benefit Sony Pictures.


Sony Exhibits at CES for the 49th Year



Sony, entering its 49th year as an exhibitor at CES, will bring its best on Monday, January 6, 2020, at 5:00 p.m. The press conference will be led by Ken Yoshida at Sony’s booth, #17300 in the Las Vegas Convention Center. The event will be broadcast live to a global audience at www.sony.com/CES.

“CES is the pre-eminient consumer electronic event of the year and is one of our customers’ favorite venues to experience Sony’s most advanced audio, video and next-generation products, platforms, and services,” said Mike Fasulo, president and COO of Sony Electronics and chairman of CTA’s Executive Board. “As a global entertainment company with a solid foundation in technology, Sony is continuing to pioneer new experiences that surprise and create authentic emotional connections with our customers across our film, television, music, and gaming portfolios.”

Industry press and analysts will hear from companywide Sony leadership regarding new developments in sensors, audio experiences and how technology is enriching people’s lives through the delivery of emotive experiences, enabling creators to realize their dreams and contribute to society.

The press event will be immediately followed by a lively panel discussion with Sony Electronics president and COO Mike Fasulo, and will feature two special guests: Sony Pictures Television Shark Tank personality, COO of The Shark Group and FUBU and best-selling author, Daymond John, and Dr, Daniela Braga, CEO and founder of DefinedCrowd, a startup that is setting the standards in artificial intelligence training data in speech, natural language processing, and computer vision.

Sony Electronics executives will join two panels at CES 2020. The first panel will be The Future of Work Conference Track: New Innovations in Talent Pipeline Development. It will take place on January 8, 2020 starting at 9:00 a.m. PT, LVCC North Hall, N256. Lee Willis, Head of Talent Acquisition and Inclusion at Sony Electronics, will join industry leaders to speak about how they are creatively developing and sourcing candidates for their current and future needs.

The second panel will be The Home Entertainment Conference Track: The Road Ahead for 8K UHD. It will take place on January 9, 2020 starting at 10:15 a.m. PT, Venetian Hotel, Level 4, Marcello 4406. Cheryl Goodman will join industry leaders to discuss the road ahead for 8K Ultra HD.


Sony Dropping YouTube Support on Some Bravia TVs



youtube logoThe promise of smart, connected devices is that they give us functionality beyond what a “basic box” can offer. Consumers have been adding internet-based entertainment options to TV sets for years, usually thru external devices like Chromecast, Roku, or Apple TV. In recent years, television manufacturers began adding native apps that run inside their TV sets. These apps allow users to access different services right there on their TVs. But these types of native apps aren’t usually updated as often as their set-top box counterparts.

Media-streaming technology is constantly changing, so it’s very important for these types of apps to stay current. In an unfortunate turn for some Sony Bravia TV owners, the company announced it will no longer update its native YouTube app:

It has been confirmed that the “New YouTube on TV” app on 2012 Sony BRAVIA TVs will experience symptoms of “Black Screen and Freezing”, or an “Error Message will be displayed and the video will stop playing”.

The symptoms being experienced are not a failure of the TV, but are as a result of specification changes made by YouTube that exceed the capability of the TV’s hardware.

As a result, Sony have decided to remove the YouTube icon for the 2012 Bravia TVs on 30th September 2016.

The YouTube application will no longer be available for the 2012 Bravia TVs after 30th September 2016.

If you’ve been enjoying YouTube on a 2012 Bravia TV, you’ll need to look for another way to get those videos.


Sony Ends Ustream Support on PS4



Playstation logoSony has decided to terminate support for Ustream features on the PlayStation 4 (PS4). It announced this news in a support notice, and tweeted a link to that notice.

As of August 1, 2016, users of the PS4 will no longer be able to broadcast their gameplay to Ustream. They will also no longer be able to view Ustream broadcasts from “Live from PlayStation” on the PS4 system, PlayStation App (PS App) or PlayStation Vita (PS Vita).

This isn’t entirely the end for those who enjoyed streaming their gameplay, or watching other people’s gameplay, via the PS4. Players will still be able to broadcast gameplay via YouTube, Twitch, and dailymotion, and can continue to enjoy viewing these gameplay broadcasts via “Live from PlayStation”.

Sony has not given any specific reason why they chose to terminate support for Ustream features on the PS4, PS App, and PS Vita. Engadget reported that the announcement could be Sony’s way of letting users know that the partnership between Sony and Ustream had ended.