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Sony plans to debut music streaming service

Japanese multinational conglomerate corporation, Sony is reportedly considering to launch its own music streaming service in the future. Sony has a wide music catalogue and had earlier acquired Michael Jackson’s estate share of EMI Music Publishing for $287 million. Acknowledging Spotify’s leadership in the music streaming industry, Rob Stringer, CEO of Sony Music Entertainment quoted …

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Spotify India launch: Company is now at loggerheads with music label companies

Warner, Sony, and Universal, the big three American music labels have interrupted the Swedish music streaming giant Spotify’s India launch. The above three music labels account for the vast majority of music in the US and across the Western world. According to them as music licenses are sold by territory, Spotify can’t launch in India …

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20th Century Fox acquires 4% share in Italy’s T-VOD service Chili, joins Warner and Paramount

20th Century Fox has joined Warner and Paramount in acquiring shares of Chili, Italy’s T-VOD service. Fox has taken a 4% share in Chili which was founded in 2012 for €6 million. While Warner and Paramount have 4% shares each, Sony holds 3% share of the Italian video-on-demand service. Chili, the Italian T-VOD service offers cinema …

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Facebook’s deal with ICE hints at its own music streaming service

Interesting deals gain your numbers in the stock market and shares of Facebook gaining more than 1.3% in trading hours last week re-establishes the fact. Facebook struck a deal with ICE, a pan-European online music licensing firm which was described by the latter as a “landmark deal”. The new deal covers 290,000 rights holders across …

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Sony’s SVOD platform Crackle to carry BBC content

Sony’s (subscription video-on-demand) SVOD platform Crackle will exclusively deliver BBC’s content in Latin America and the Caribbean. BBC Worldwide has signed an agreement with Sony Pictures Television Networks to add shows to the company’s SVOD service and distribute to the LATAM audiences for the first time. Anna Gordon, EVP, BBC Worldwide Latin America/US Hispanic, said, …

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Orange signs Sony to offer 4K VOD content in Spain

Orange has signed an exclusive agreement with Sony Pictures Television and is adding UHD content to its TVOD platform in Spain. With this deal, Sony premieres and over 50 classic films in 4K quality will be added to Orange Videoclub. Orange’s release reads, “Through this agreement, Orange moves forward to deliver the highest picture and …

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Sony TV ropes in Hulu’s CEO

Mike Hopkins is leaving Hulu to join Sony. He’ll report to new Sony Pictures Entertainment boss Tony Vinciquerra. Sony TV has been restructuring its leadership over the last year and this move comes as no surprise. Mike is being replaced by Randy Freer, the COO of 21st Century Fox who interestingly has been colleagues with …

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Sony seeps into LATAM SVOD market with Crackle

Uruguay’s pay-TV operator Telespectaculo has added Sony’s SVOD service Crackle to its catalog. The subscription service will be available as an add-on to Telespectaculo subscribers. The service is available for subscribers across mobile and connected iOS and Android devices, Apple TV, Chromecast and Sony’s smart TVs. With this, Sony marks its entrance into the Uruguay …

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Sony expands Crackle’s presence in Brazil, LATAM

Sony is extending Crackle’s footprint in Brazil and Latin America to integrate the platform with the NOW Video on Demand (VOD) service from Net and Claro HDTV. With this move it’s strengthening its foothold in LATAM’s largest market where Crackle was introduced a year ago. Crackle will reach a nationwide audience, given its significant growth …

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PlayStation Vue increases it’s base subscription price to $40

Sony has increased the base subscription price of PlayStation Vue to $40 a month. It has been marketing a $30-a-month as A “Slim” package in most parts of the world except in markets where the base tier was $40-a-month “Access” package. Sony claims to be a market leader in the area of broadcast-affiliate sign-ups with …

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