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Sony’s New α7R II Camera

Sony Electronics introduced their new flagship full-frame mirrorless camera, the α7R II (model ILCE-7RM2).

The new α7R II interchangeable lens camera features the world’s first back-illuminated full-frame Exmor R CMOS sensor1, which realizes high resolution (42.4 MP approx. effective megapixels), high sensitivity (expandable up to ISO 102400)2 and high speed AF response up to 40% faster than the original α7R thanks to 399 focal plane phase detection AF points. Read the rest of this entry »

Streaming TV Services Bringing Web Congestion

HBO, Showtime, and Sony Corp. are jumping into online television. But instead of putting their Web traffic on the public Internet’s main thoroughfare, they want to be in a separate lane that would ensure their content gets special treatment.

Those companies have talked to major broadband providers such as Comcast Corp. about having their Web TV services treated as “managed” services, according to people familiar with the discussions. In effect, that would move them away from the congestion of the Internet, which they fear will only get worse as more people opt to stream movies and TV shows on the Web.
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Sony 4K TVs go with Android TV

Sony Electronics showcased its new line of BRAVIA® 4K Ultra HD televisions, designed to enhance image quality and provide expanded access to content.  The televisions were built with a new 4K Processor X1, further advancing the color accuracy, contrast and clarity of the Sony 4K viewing experience. The new XBR X900C Series features a new ultra-thin floating style, making it Sony’s thinnest TVs yet with edge-to-edge viewing.

The new models range in size from 43 to 75-inches and include four new series and 10 new models. As the industry leader in 4K picture quality, Sony’s commitment to developing technologies to enhance the viewing experience is showcased with this line-up. The new 4K Processor X1 was built to enhance color, contrast and clarity while improving the streaming quality of images that 4K content providers supply. Combined with the advanced 4K X-Reality™ PRO upscaling Algorithm technology, these televisions will analyze and upscale 4K resolution, providing the best image quality, regardless of the image source.

With screens that provide a 3,840 x 2,160 4K resolution, these products also include TRILUMINOS™ display to accurately reproduce shades of red, green and aqua blue. Colors come alive on the screen in the widest color range ever, and dynamic color correction ensures colors are as consistent and accurate as possible every single time. Further enhancing the picture quality, these televisions will also be equipped with the critically acclaimed X-tended Dynamic Range contrast enhancement to provide peak brightness of LED as well as deeper blacks previously only associated with Plasma TVs.

“With content being sourced from broadcast, Blu-ray™, DVD’s or even low-resolution internet videos, we designed these televisions to upscale to 4K resolution so that consumers can get the highest level viewing experience possible,” said Toshi Okuda, Sony Electronics Deputy President. “Sony’s reputation for developing the best picture quality continues with these new products that provide consumers with greater access to what they want to watch, play and hear.”

Smarter Television viewing experience

For the first time, these televisions will support Google’s Android™ TV operating system, making it easy to stream video, function as a gaming device and provide enhanced features like voice-enabled searching through a remote equipped with a microphone. With access to Google Play, consumers can enjoy what they like to do on a smartphone or tablet, from their television. Additionally, Google Cast™ will provide users with greater connectivity than ever before by enabling them to cast content from devices in a similar way as is done with Google ChromeCast™.

Game enthusiasts can bring the immersive world of PlayStation® directly to their new Sony 4K Ultra HD television with PlayStation™ Now (PS Now). Select PlayStation®3 (PS3™) games can be streamed directly to the TV, just like shows and movies, by connecting a Wireless Controller, DUALSHOCK® 4. PS Now streams PS3 games in their native resolution.

Increased 4K Content

As the leader in 4K with expertise in industry-leading innovation in televisions, technology and content, Sony’s new 4K Ultra HD TV line-up will expand access to 4K content through  its partnership with Netflix, the world’s largest subscription video service and the Sony Video Unlimited 4K service. The companies will work together to provide an enhanced Internet TV viewing experience for consumers with new features including TV Instant On, Fast APP Resume and Fast Video Playback.

These partnerships, along with content from providers including Amazon Instant Video, Ultraflix and Toon Goggles, will expand Sony’s 4K line-up to include more than 1,300 blockbuster movies, hit TV shows and other 4K titles, to become available on the new 4K Ultra HD TV line-up

Additionally, the new 4K TV line-up is ready for the latest 4K new spec “HEVC” and “VP9,” which can receive 4K distribution services and YouTube in 4K.

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Introducing PlayStation Vue, Sony’s New On-Demand TV Service

Sony Network Entertainment International and Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. unveiled PlayStation™Vue, a pioneering new cloud-based TV service that reinvents the television experience.

“Everyday TV is about to become extraordinary with our new cloud-based TV service, PlayStation™Vue,” said Andrew House, President and Group CEO of Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. and Group Executive in charge of the Network Entertainment Business. “PlayStation™Vue reinvents the traditional viewing experience so your programming effortlessly finds you, enabling you to watch much more of what you want and search a lot less. PlayStation™Vue brings the best of live TV and a robust catalog of the latest content, always keeping you connected to what’s popular, new and trending. Today’s announcement builds on the historic success of PlayStation®4 and demonstrates what our company is capable of when we embrace disruption and stay true to gamers.”

Removing Barriers between Viewers and Content

PlayStation™Vue leverages the power of the cloud to combine the live, on-demand, and catch-up TV content viewers love with a powerful user interface that delivers unprecedented personalization and simplicity.

PlayStation™Vue immediately connects viewers to the content they want to watch, helps them easily access their favorite shows and channels, and recommends movies and shows based on their viewing habits and what’s trending.

Discovering content is both simple and powerful with PlayStation™Vue. The smart “Search” feature narrows down results quickly and intuitively, and the powerful “Explore” function allows viewers to filter the entire catalog of live and on-demand content by type of program, genre, ratings, popularity, length and more.

PlayStation™Vue delivers catch-up and on-demand TV, freeing viewers to watch TV on their own schedules. The service makes the past three days of popular programming available without the need to schedule recordings.

Viewers can save their favorite shows to the cloud without storage restrictions or scheduling conflicts. Once viewers tag a favorite show, they will automatically have access to episodes of that show for 28 days so that they can watch on their own time.5

PlayStation™Vue is simple to navigate and intuitive to use. By leveraging the power of the PlayStation® platform and controller, viewers are always one click away from quick access to watching, finding, and discovering content.

The Best Content on TV

During the invite-only beta, PlayStation™Vue will initially offer around 75 channels per market from the following major programmers, including local broadcast stations, so that viewers can enjoy their favorite movies, TV shows, and sports programs.

The following is a list of our current network partners, with additional partners to be announced in the future:

CBS – At launch, PlayStation®Vue will offer the live linear signal from CBS Television Network’s owned-and-operated TV stations in select leading markets in addition to on-demand prime-time programming.

Discovery Communications – Discovery Channel, TLC, Animal Planet, Investigation Discovery, Science, OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network, Discovery Family Channel and 11 more brands.

Fox – Fox Networks Group’s portfolio of national entertainment programming services, including – FX, FXX, FXM, National Geographic Channel and Nat Geo WILD. Additionally FOX Sports’ national and regional programming services – FOX Sports 1, FOX Sports 2, BTN, Fox’s regional sports networks, including YES Network and Prime Ticket. The agreement also covers Fox’s owned and operated television stations.

NBCUniversal – All local offerings from NBC, Telemundo and regional sports networks as well as Bravo, CNBC, E!, NBCSN, Oxygen, Sprout, Syfy, USA Network and more.

Scripps Networks Interactive – HGTV, Food Network, Travel Channel, DIY Network and Cooking Channel.

Viacom – BET, CMT, Comedy Central, MTV, Nickelodeon, PALLADIA, Spike, VH1 and more.

Transparent Pricing with No Commitments

Pricing and packaging details will be revealed at commercial launch but PlayStation™Vue is changing the rules for how people pay for subscription TV.

What you see is what you pay – fair and competitive price that is transparent with no hidden fees or charges.

No contracts – maximum flexibility as PlayStation™Vue will be offered on a month-to-month basis without any penalty or customer service hassles for cancellation.

No equipment or installation charges – with broadband internet service and a PlayStation®4 system or PlayStation®3 system, there’s no need to install or rent any additional equipment.

Availability

PlayStation™Vue will begin an invite only beta preview during November for select PlayStation®4 and PlayStation®3 owners, with a phased rollout starting in New York followed later by Chicago, Philadelphia, and Los Angeles. The service will also become available on iPad® shortly thereafter, and later on more Sony and non-Sony devices.

PlayStation™Vue will launch commercially during the first quarter of 2015.

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