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Google revamps TV service to integrate Android

Google has unveiled the second-generation of its Google TV software, powered by Android. The revamp features simplified controls, improved search, slicker integration with video-sharing service YouTube and the option to add applications made by outside developers. The new update offers an easier to use user interface with the entire client being powered by Android 3.1.


01/11/2011  |  Full story...

Sony pays €1bn for full control of Sony Ericsson

Sony is to pay Ericsson more than €1bn to gain control of the companies' 50-50 joint venture for mobile phones and tablets, Sony Ericsson. LM Ericsson and Sony will now go separate ways, ending a decade-long mobile phone manufacturing partnership. The move will mean mobile maker Sony Ericsson will become a wholly owned subsidiary of Sony and integrated into Sony's platform of network-connected consumer electronics products, the Japanese company and Swedish wireless equipment firm said.


28/10/2011  |  Full story...

Google+ to be linked to new music store- report

Google is planning on integrating its forthcoming online music store with Google+, as the internet giant looks to integrate its services, according to a news report.

26/10/2011  |  Full story...

Playstation network hit by new data theft attacks

Sony has confirmed that its PlayStation Network, as well as the Sony Entertainment Network and Sonly Online Entertainment, has for the second time been a victim of a cyber attack. Sony said the attacks are much smaller than the high-profile breach that forced the closure of the network earlier this year, the company says that around 93,000 accounts were compromised in this latest incident. Sony has confirmed that no credit card data was stolen and that it will reimburse anyone who found credit debited from their account following this new breach.


12/10/2011  |  Full story...

Online game sales ‘to surpass physical retail’ by 2013

Sales of online games are expected to pass physical retail from 2013, according to a new study. The report, from DFC Intelligence, predicts that online sales will increase from $19.3 billion in 2010 to $37.9 billion by 2016, driving the overall industry value to $81 billion. It also states that traditional retail have ‘peaked’, and will drop to $43 billion in 2016, down from a high of $58 billion in 2008.


13/09/2011  |  Full story...

Sony unifies online services, launches tablets

Sony has unified its online services for music, video and games under the umbrella brand of the Sony Entertainment Network. The news comes as Sony launched two new tablet models, the Sony Tablet S and Sony Tablet P. Both models are powered by Android, with front and rear-facing cameras. But it’s the design that’s sure to catch the eye of some consumers. It features two screens that can fold together for easy portability.


02/09/2011  |  Full story...

Blackberry tests cloud-based social music service

BlackBerry maker Research In Motion has launched a beta test of its cloud-based social music service BBM Music, backed by the four major music labels. BBM Music will feature select music from Universal Music Group, Sony Music Entertainment, Warner Music and EMI. A closed beta trial of the BBM Music service is starting on Thursday in Canada, the United States and the UK, the company said.


31/08/2011  |  Full story...

Google's searchable web TV coming to UK 'within six months'

Google is set to bring its web TV service to the UK before February next year, the company has announced. Launched earlier this year in the US, Google TV lets viewers switch between television and the web on the same set. UK viewers will have to buy a Google TV set top box, or special TVs with the service built in. Viewers can watch material from catch-up services such as BBC iPlayer and ITV Player on their main TV screen.


26/08/2011  |  Full story...

UK riots: Music fans urged to download albums as 150 labels lose CD stock in warehouse fire

Albums by artists including Arctic Monkeys, Adele and Charlie Simpson have reportedly been destroyed after rioters in London set fire to a stock warehouse on Monday. The fire resulted in stock from over 150 record labels being lost, and music fans are now being urged to support independent labels by buying digital downloads of albums. The Sony DADC building in Enfield, north London was torched by thugs causing chaos across the British capital, which has seen widespread violence and looting since Saturday.


12/08/2011  |  Full story...

Music sales: Indie labels’ market share '57% higher online'

Music artists on independent record labels are enjoying a far greater proportion of online sales than physical sales, according to new data. The figures, from Merlin, the global licensing agency for independent labels (the “virtual fifth major” on account of the slice of the market it represents), demonstrate the growing significance of the independent label sector in the new music industry.

Data reveals that 22 artists represented by Merlin members score number 1s in at least one major territory, while more than 50 Merlin member artists bagged top 5 albums in 2010/2011. In addition, the US album market share for independents is 57% greater for digital than physical sales, while paid tier usage of Merlin repertoire on streaming services (such as Spotify Premium) outstrips free tier use (Such as Spotify's ad funded service) by 20%.


24/05/2011  |  Full story...

Playstation Network back online... 26 days after hack

The SonyPlayStation Network is up and running once again, 26 data after it a hacker attack that resulted in the personal details of over 100 million customers being stolen. Customers will need to apply an automatic security patch 3.61 to their PS3s and change their passwords to get access to the revamped network.

They will have access to online play, the media service Qriocity, and third-party services including Lovefilm. Full restoration of services, such as the PSN store and purchasing through Qriocity, is scheduled for the end of May.


16/05/2011  |  Full story...

Playstation Network down for 3 more weeks?

Sony has further delayed the relaunch of the PlayStation Network following a security breach which led to the theft of personal data from 100 million online accounts. The company, which had planned to reopen online services by the weekend, is apparently still busy testing newly installed security measures to ensure that the network is protected against any future attacks.


10/05/2011  |  Full story...

Sony hit by second cyber attack, denies ‘credit cards for sale’ claims

Sony has said there is no evidence that credit cards have been stolen from customers using its online service, despite claims that a list of 2.2 million cards are already on sale on the black market. The company has also confirmed its separate Sony Online Entertainment PC games network was hit by another cyber attack, resulting in more personal information being stolen.

The theft comes on top of the 77 million PlayStation accounts taken in a cyberattack revealed last week. This latest breach - of its Sony Online Entertainment PC games network - was discovered after a review of the PlayStation Network intrusion.


04/05/2011  |  Full story...

Sony admits to PlayStation data theft: Have credit card details been stolen?

Sony has finally admitted that account details, logins and online IDs for 77 million registered Sony PlayStation Network users have been compromised, following a hacker attack that has brought the whole gaming network down for over a week. The information was stolen sometime between April 17 and 19, according to a Sony blog post, as early as nine days before Sony notified its users of the breach.

Sony says there's no evidence that users' credit card data was taken, but it can't rule out the possibility. The attack is likely to become known as one of the biggest data theft heists so far, affecting 77 million users across the globe.


28/04/2011  |  Full story...

Hackers bring down Playstation Network: 70 million gamers affected

Sony has confirmed that hackers are to blame for its PlayStation Network being taken offline over the Easter weekend, an attack that could have put the details of 73 million gamers worldwide at risk. The outage of Sony Corp.'s PlayStation Network has now run into its sixth day as the company said it has no timeframe for restoring the Internet-based system that links users in live game play worldwide.


26/04/2011  |  Full story...

Apple woos record companies for unlimited iTunes music downloads

Apple is reportedly trying to make a deal with record companies that would allow it to offer unlimited downloads for iTunes music purchases.

Apple, like its now arch rival Google, is said to be considering playing in the ‘digital locker’ space, providing a cloud-based file storage service specifically designed for music, from which MP3s already owned by users could be re-downloaded or streamed from any net connected device. Bloomberg cites three people with knowledge of the company’s plans, reporting that Apple is negotiating with Vivendi’s Universal Music, Sony Music Entertainment, Warner Music and EMI.


08/03/2011  |  Full story...

Digital Intelligence February 2011

Digital Strategy data - Digital Intelligence February 2011

For the movie rental industry, the news of closure at Blockbusters' 609 stores this month marks the end of an era. In the same week Amazon took on Netflix with streaming service for Prime customers, and online music streaming giant Spotify landed a $1bn valuation (thanks to the Russian Facebook backers). Channels are changing and most brands are well behind getting their own channel mix lined up with what consumers are asking for.

No surprise then that Google is taking on Apple with the 'One Pass' system - a one-stop destination where users can pay for publications online. Listen out for this becoming fused with YouTube to enable the migration of pay-TV; a step that will destabilise part of the value chain and economics in the pay-TV markets. And with new research showing almost three-quarters of European web users download or watch online video there will be no shortage of viewers.

Whatever your digital content strategy, the shift to video needs attention. So if you missed our online video special report, then here's the link.

Read February 2011

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Sony tests Foursquare scheme across Europe

Sony has teamed up with location based service to provide customers exclusive offers based on their mobile locations. Foursquare users can now ‘check-in’ to selected locations across Europe to receive special promotions on Sony 3D products in store. The FourSquare partnership will invite users to visit and ‘check-in’ to stores where Sony’s 3D BRAVIA TVs, Blu-ray players and PlayStation 3 can be experienced and demonstrated by Sony promoters.


14/02/2011  |  Full story...

Apple blocks Sony’s e-reader from iPhone

Apple has blocked Sony's e-reader iPhone app as it allows people to read books bought through Sony's store, rather than Apple's "in-app purchase" payment system. Sony's app, which is linked to Sony's e-book reader, would have allowed people to read books bought through Sony's store. Sony accused Apple of changing the way it enforces its rules.
In response, a Sony spokesperson said: "We opened a dialogue with Apple to see if we can come up with an equitable resolution for both companies as well as our consumers, but reached an impasse at this time."


04/02/2011  |  Full story...

Digital Intelligence November 2010

Digital Strategy data - Digital Intelligence November 2010

Get set for another online retail record-breaker: next Monday is 'Mega-Monday' when online stores hit meltdown in the shopping frenzy. £6.4bn is the UK forecast for December, with over £20m/hr spent on Monday. Recessionary 2009 saw a 25% leap on 2008 for total online sales (here in the UK) so expect similar this year. Christmas retail triggered a frenzy of last minute traffic grabbing with Search Ad Buys pushing bid prices up and squeezing retail margins - left me thinking that smarter SEO strategies in the summer could have saved a few million dollars on paid ads. All too common to see firefighting rather than getting the strategy in place at the start.

For 2011 we're encouraging consumer brands to evaluate greater roles for marketing through gaming, so we've included video games and console platform sales in the US. And this edition also covers top sites in Russia, Mobile Phone Moms in the US, Finance and Retailer sites in the UK because that's what brands asked us for.

Read November 2010

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Sony takes VOD service to Europe, but PS3 users miss out

Sony has launched its video-on-demand service Qriocity in Europe, making its catalogue of movies available via its internet connected TVs, but not its popular PS3 console. Sony, which competes in Hollywood with the likes of MGM, Universal, Disney and Warner, has successfully signed up its rivals to the store for distribution and will make their films equally available on Qriocity.

In order to access Qriocity, users need to sign up to the service, have a 2010-series Internet TV or Blu-ray player/home theatre and be able to pick the Qriocity icon from the device's XMB menu. Strangely enough, the PS3 has been left out of supported devices, even though there far more users hooked up to Sony's PS3 than to their 2010 Internet TVs.


26/11/2010  |  Full story...

PlayStation phone: Pictures leaked of Sony’s Android games device

Pictures of Sony Ericson’s widely rumoured ‘PlayStation phone’ have been released, confirming speculation that the electronics giant is set to take on Apple in the smartphone market. Speculation that a Sony PSP (Play Station Portable) mobile smartphone was in development have been circulation since early September.

Now the rumours have been confirmed, with a source leaking a prototype of the device to technology news site Engadget. The device features a slide out gamepad (along with PlayStation’s familiar shoulder buttons) and will run on Android’s latest 3.0 Gingerbread software under a standardised PlayStation Skin so to keep the handset in-line with the console's brand design.


01/11/2010  |  Full story...

Sony to launch first ‘Google TV’ set in October

Sony is to unveil what it bills as "the world's first internet television" on 12 October in New York, with built in support for Google’s much anticipated TV service. Running on the Android operating system, the TV will also support third party apps. Technology site Electronista adds that the device will have a full Chrome browser and Flash support.

Google TV is a software platform for set-top boxes and HDTVs (high definition televisions) co-developed by Google, Intel, Sony and Logitech. The project was officially announced by Google and its partners in May this year.


02/10/2010  |  Full story...

Lovefilm begins streaming movie rentals direct to TV sets

Lovefilm has struck deals with Sony and Samsung to stream movie rentals directly to viewers TV sets via an internet connection.The deal is expected to bring more than 2,000 films, to the TV manufacturers' latest sets, which can be connected directly to the internet.

Lovefilm said the deals marks the first of many deals with technology companies, including producers of games consoles and other set-top boxes. The company has so far declined to give pricing plans for the TV distribution service.


19/03/2010  |  Full story...

Sony outlines plans for all-in-one online media network

Sony’s chief executive, Howard Stringer, has unveiled the technology giant’s plans for an all-in-one online network that pipes Sony’s films, music, games and other content to its TVs, Walkmans and PlayStation game machines. In an interview with reporters this week, Stringer said the project, known as the Sony Online Service, which will combine the company’s digital content and hardware. The company, based in Tokyo, expects to book its second consecutive annual loss in the fiscal year that ends in March, after losing 98.9 billion yen, or $1.12 billion at the current exchange rate, last year.


04/12/2009  |  Full story...

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