How music streaming wars could play out in the 2020s

contactmusic | January 13, 2020

In the world of digital entertainment, things are about to get a bit heated when it comes to television streaming services. Disney+, a revamped Apple TV, HBO Max and several others have jumped in (or soon will) to compete with Netflix, Hulu and Amazon Prime. It's been dubbed the 'streaming wars', and the fear is that it could get ugly, hurting both consumers and providers.

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Sony seeks to deliver products, content, and services that resonate with people and affect a positive impact on society, based on its Purpose to "fill the world with emotion, through the power of creativity and technology." Sony Corporation President & CEO Kenichiro Yoshida spoke at the Sony press conference held ahead of the exhibition's public opening, stating that "Creativity is a powerful driving force that moves Sony forward. When it is combined with our technology, it is unstoppable." He then proceeded to introduce Sony's latest offerings and new developments from our electronics and entertainment businesses.

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Sony seeks to deliver products, content, and services that resonate with people and affect a positive impact on society, based on its Purpose to "fill the world with emotion, through the power of creativity and technology." Sony Corporation President & CEO Kenichiro Yoshida spoke at the Sony press conference held ahead of the exhibition's public opening, stating that "Creativity is a powerful driving force that moves Sony forward. When it is combined with our technology, it is unstoppable." He then proceeded to introduce Sony's latest offerings and new developments from our electronics and entertainment businesses.

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Free Streaming App Canela.TV Launched in Mexico

Canela.TV | April 21, 2021

open for Mexican audiences. El Talismán, Esmeraldas, La Ruta Blanca, El Dorado, and Nos Vemos papá are among the common titles available for free on Canela.TV in Mexico. There's enough for everyone in the family with over 20,000 hours of Spanish-language content ranging from comedies and novelas to movies, cartoons, and more. Viewers will experience 24-hour linear programming as well as a diverse lineup of popular Latin American films and series, as well as classics from Spanish cinema. Canela is an abbreviated form for Canela's TV viewers will now watch new Hollywood movies, with more being introduced every week. “Mexican viewers have welcomed streaming in recent years, and we are excited to bring Canela.TV and its library of amazing content – including old classics as well as original productions – to the country's already vibrant entertainment landscape,” said Isabel Rafferty, CEO & founder of Canela Media. “We are excited to offer Mexicans content from Latin America that they can engage with and enjoy daily at no added cost.” The arrival of Canela.TV in Mexico follows the company's popularity in the United States. Canela Media, a female-owned leading digital media tech company founded by a Mexican entrepreneur, created the popular streaming site. “As a Latina from Mexico, I am constantly searching for shows and films on streaming platforms that will help me to connect with my roots,” Rafferty said. “Canela.TV is one of the few platforms that fully represents the many layers of Latin American culture, inspiring a sense of belonging among viewers in Mexico and beyond.” Canela.TV is available for free from Canela.TV and can be viewed at any time and from any location in Mexico. In Mexico, Canela.TV can be accessed anytime, anywhere at no cost to viewers and is available for download from Canela.TV.com, and on the App Store, Google Play, Roku, Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, Chromecast, and Google TV. About Canela Media Canela Media is a leading digital media tech company that provides brands with a complete ecosystem for engaging with multicultural audiences, beginning with its free subscription service, Canela.TV, which provides on-demand Latino-focused movies and TV entertainment through multiple platforms. Canela Media now targets over 22 million individual Hispanics through its 180+ premium Spanish-language sites and influencer database. Canela Media possesses in-depth expertise and understanding of how to create meaningful and culturally significant relations with the emerging mainstream – U.S. Hispanics – when combined with the company's proprietary data. Canela Media, based in New York, is the fourth largest Hispanic ad-focused organization and the only female- and minority-owned certified digital company.

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Sony Interactive Entertainment Acquires Nixxes to Expand PlayStation Studios' Exclusive Titles

Sony, | July 06, 2021

Sony Interactive Entertainment today announced the completion of its acquisition of Nixxes Software B.V., an industry-leading Dutch company with more than 20 years of expertise in game development and optimization. Nixxes, based in Utrecht, the Netherlands, will join PlayStation Studios Technology, Creative & Services Group immediately to offer high-quality in-house technical and development skills for PlayStation Studios. “I have a lot of respect for Nixxes and am thrilled for this highly skilled team to join the world-class development community at SIE,” said Hermen Hulst, Head of PlayStation Studios. “They are motivated by the desire to improve games and provide the best possible experience for gamers. Nixxes will be a valuable tool to everyone at PlayStation Studios, allowing our teams to focus on their most essential goal: creating unique PlayStation content of the highest possible quality.” “We can’t wait to get started and are thrilled to be bringing our technical and development skills to an I.P. powerhouse like PlayStation Studios,” said Jurjen Katsman, Nixxes’ Founder & Sr. Director, Development. “We are excited to collaborate with some of the most brilliant teams in the industry to provide PlayStation fans with the highest-quality gaming experiences possible.” Due to contractual obligations, the terms of this transaction, including the acquisition cost, are not revealed. About Sony Interactive Entertainment Sony Interactive Entertainment (SIE), a global leader in interactive and digital entertainment, is in charge of the PlayStation brand and its family of products and services. Since the introduction of the first PlayStation in Japan in 1994, PlayStation has been a market leader in innovation. PlayStation5, PlayStation4, PlayStationVR, PlayStationStore, PlayStationPlus, PlayStationNow, and famous PlayStation software titles from PlayStation Studios are all part of the PlayStation family of products and services. SIE is a fully owned subsidiary of Sony Group Corporation with headquarters in San Mateo, California, with worldwide operations in California, London, and Tokyo. About Nixxes Nixxes Software is a Dutch company that specializes in video game creation, development, and porting. Since 1999, we have collaborated with global partners, and our work has been driven by a passion for gaming and a dedication to innovation. Our Utrecht-based team takes pride in providing the best experience possible for every gamer, regardless of platform.

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fuboTV Brings Live and On-Demand Sports, News and Entertainment to VIZIO SmartCast

fuboTV | September 13, 2021

VIZIO announced that fuboTV , the leading sports-first live TV streaming platform, is now available on VIZIO SmartCast. With a subscription to fuboTV, SmartCast users can enjoy more than 100 channels streaming tens of thousands of live sporting events annually as well as leading news and entertainment content. VIZIO announced that fuboTV, the leading sports-first live TV streaming platform, is now available on VIZIO SmartCast. With a subscription to fuboTV, SmartCast users can enjoy more than 100 channels streaming tens of thousands of live sporting events annually as well as leading news and entertainmentcontent. fuboTV is available on VIZIO SmartCast TVs, packed with superior picture quality so users don’t miss a play. Paired with VIZIO’s best-selling sound bars, viewers can enjoy a fully immersive home stadium and theatre experience. “94% of fuboTV subscribers enjoy watching their favorite sports, news and entertainment on the big screen,” said Len Landi, Senior Vice President, Business Development, fuboTV. “With today’s launch on VIZIO SmartCast TVs, we’re bringing fuboTV’s premium viewing experience to VIZIO SmartCast, one of the most popular smart TV platforms on the market. It’s a perfect marriage as we gear up for the fall sports season.” The fuboTV app on VIZIO SmartCast TVs offers the following features: Profiles: up to six users within a subscription can personalize their fuboTV experience. Profiles allow each individual user to have their own set of recordings (which never expire), personalized recommendations, and a program guide that is unique to their content preferences. Customizable Guide: favorite channels to access the most watched programming first. Record Series: never miss an episode with this feature that allows users to record the entire season of their favorite shows with just one click. Record Teams: keep up with favorite teams without having to worry about missing any of the action! With just one click, users can record all games for a specific team to watch anytime. Watch Next: this new feature lets users easily binge on a series. Once an episode ends they will automatically have the next episode suggested to them - making binge watching even easier. “Sports continue to be one of the most popular categories of programming on television, so fuboTV’s offering with an impressive array of live sports programming as well as hundreds of other entertainment options is a welcome addition to the SmartCast lineup,” said Katherine Pond, Vice President of Business Development at VIZIO. “We are continuously enhancing the SmartCast platform with new features and content, so users have endless entertainment options from the comfort of their homes.” VIZIO SmartCast users can find fuboTV in the app row on the SmartCast Home Screen. In addition to the fuboTV streaming app, VIZIO provides convenient access to apps like Apple TV+, BET+, Disney+, HBO Max, Hulu, Netflix, Paramount+, Peacock, Prime Video and YouTube TV. It also includes built-in support for Apple AirPlay 2 & Chromecast, allowing viewers to stream, control, and share content from their phone, tablet, or laptop directly to the big screen. About fuboTV With a mission to provide the world’s most thrilling sports-first live TV experience through the greatest breadth of premium content, interactivity and integrated wagering, fuboTV Inc.is focused on bringing to life its vision of a streaming platform that transcends the industry’s current virtual MVPD model. fuboTV Inc. operates in the U.S., Canada and Spain. Leveraging its proprietary data and technology platform optimized for live TV and sports viewership, fuboTV Inc. aims to turn passive viewers into active participants and define a new category of interactive sports and entertainment television. Through its cable TV replacement product, fuboTV, subscribers can stream a broad mix of 100+ live TV channels, including 74 of the top 100 Nielsen-ranked networks across sports, news and entertainment — more than any other live TV streaming platform (source: Nielsen Total Viewers, 2020). Subscribers can interact with fuboTV’s live streaming experience through predictive free-to-play games, which are integrated into select sports content. About VIZIO Founded and headquartered in Orange County, California, our mission at VIZIO Holding Corp. is to deliver immersive entertainment and compelling lifestyle enhancements that make our products the center of the connected home. We are driving the future of televisions through our integrated platform of cutting-edge Smart TVs and powerful SmartCast™ operating system. We also offer a portfolio of innovative sound bars that deliver consumers an elevated audio experience. Our platform gives content providers more ways to distribute their content and advertisers more tools to target and dynamically serve ads.

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