Published On: September 2, 2010

Sony Announces VOD Service Extending Into Europe, Plans For Cloud-based Music Service

Published On: September 2, 2010

Sony Announces VOD Service Extending Into Europe, Plans For Cloud-based Music Service

Everyone, it seems, is getting into the VOD marketplace and why shouldn't they for who wants to insert a disc anymore when you can simply scroll to a film on your HDTV and hit play. Sony has had some success with their own VOD presence and feels good enough about it to extend their fledgling service overseas into Europe.

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

At the IFA 2010 show in Berlin, Sony announced that Video On Demand powered by Qriocity, a streaming video service, will be available this fall in five European countries including France, Germany, Italy, Spain and the U.K. With the service, customers can choose from hundreds of box office hits from 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment, Lionsgate, MGM, NBC Universal, Paramount Pictures, Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, The Walt Disney Company, and Warner Bros. Digital Distribution, as well as popular content from local studios. Many movies are available in HD as well as standard definition, and all can be rented at the touch of a button on Sony's 2010 models of network-enabled BRAVIA TVs and Blu-ray players, and Blu-ray home theater 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 synchronized through the cloud. The cloud-based service will initially be available across Sony's 2010 models of network-enabled BRAVIA TVs, Blu-ray players, Blu-ray home theater systems , as well as PlayStation 3 systems, VAIOs and other personal computers. Future plans will make the music service increasingly available on a range of Sony's portable devices.
With access to a library of songs through the cloud, users can discover new music through channels personalized to their tastes on multiple devices and without the requirement to manage digital music files. Details of the service plan will be announced in the future.


Related Reviews and Content
Learn more about the Sony products that can run the Qiriocity services by reading our articles, including the Sony BDP-S570 Blu-ray player review by Adrienne Maxwell, the Sony KDL-55HX800 3D LED HDTV also reviewed by Adrienne Maxwell, and the article Sony Announces Three Additions To 3D HDTV Line-Up. To find out more about Sony as a company, please visit our Sony brand page.

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