Sony, Microsoft Set to Launch PS5 and Xbox Series X, Predictions Being Made on Short Life Cycle

PS5 | July 30, 2020

THE PS5 and Xbox Series X are set to go head-to-head later this year, and one terrifying prediction could spell very bad news for Microsoft's console. PS5 vs Xbox Series X will be one of the big talking points of the year, with both Sony and Microsoft set to launch their next-gen consoles in 2020. The PS5 and Xbox Series X are both launching during the holiday 2020 period to signal the start of the ninth generation of consoles. Sony and Microsoft look to be taking different approaches, with the PS5 going down the more traditional route of console upgrades while Microsoft seem to be pushing their Game Pass service hard with the Series X.

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Verimatrix and Harmonic Partner to Enable Streaming Content Protection at SaaS Speed

Verimatrix, | July 25, 2022

Verimatrix, (Euronext Paris: VMX) (Paris:VMX), the leader in powering the modern connected world with people-centered security, announced that Harmonic is one of the first partners to integrate its cloud platform with Verimatrix StreamkeeperSM. Designed to reduce streaming video service deployments from months to minutes and reaching the greatest amount of consumer devices, Streamkeeper Multi-DRM enables video service providers to securely stream with content security delivered from a highly scalable and globally redundant platform. The Streamkeeper Multi-DRM service is designed from the ground up to delivery studio endorsed best practices for content protection, with meticulous focus on ensuring superior video viewer experiences. Streamkeeper, at large, is a suite of novel and adaptive cybersecurity technologies that include and go beyond DRM to allow video service providers to manage revenue risk in a world of continuously changing threats from video piracy. It is available in multiple tiers and includes features such as Multi-DRM, a real-time performance dashboard, on-call support integrations and alerts, individual device risk scoring, anti-piracy countermeasures, and much more. Integrating Verimatrix Streamkeeper with Harmonic’s VOS™360 cloud platform ensures customers will experience next-generation secure video streaming that harnesses the combined power of two highly-trusted industry leaders. The Harmonic VOS360 platform makes it simple to launch and manage end-to-end video cloud workflows. Capitalizing on the company's expertise in video processing and delivery, the VOS360 platform embeds market-leading state-of-the-art microservices, including compression, packaging, origin and SSAI, in a unified software solution for next-gen cloud-based streaming. By pre-integrating the VOS360 platform with Verimatrix Streamkeeper, current and new customers can realize the combined benefits of security at scale with a rapid launch for OTT deployments on the cloud. We’re pleased to announce Harmonic, a cloud leader in the industry, as one of the inaugural integration partners for Streamkeeper, said Asaf Ashkenazi, Chief Operating Officer and President at Verimatrix. Combining innovative, proven cybersecurity and anti-piracy technologies with Harmonic’s well-known video processing and delivery platform creates a cloud-based, one-stop-shop for OTT service providers, enabling them to gain immediate business value and peace of mind for their content.” “By integrating Verimatrix Streamkeeper with our VOS360 cloud platform, we are transforming how operators stream video, Running on cloud, our solution is flexible, scalable and secure, enabling exceptional-quality streaming experiences to be delivered at scale.” -Shahar Bar, senior vice president, video products and corporate development at Harmonic About Harmonic Harmonic, the worldwide leader in virtualized cable access and video delivery solutions, enables media companies and service providers to deliver ultra-high-quality video streaming and broadcast services to consumers globally. The company revolutionized cable access networking via the industry’s first virtualized cable access solution, enabling cable operators to more flexibly deploy gigabit internet service to consumers’ homes and mobile devices. Whether simplifying OTT video delivery via innovative cloud and software platforms, or powering the delivery of gigabit internet cable services, Harmonic is changing the way media companies and service providers monetize live and on-demand content on every screen. More information is available at www.harmonic.com. About Verimatrix Verimatrix (Euronext Paris: VMX) helps power the modern connected world with security made for people. We protect digital content, applications, and devices with intuitive, people-centered and frictionless security. Leading brands turn to Verimatrix to secure everything from premium movies and live streaming sports, to sensitive financial and healthcare data, to mission-critical mobile applications. We enable the trusted connections our customers depend on to deliver compelling content and experiences to millions of consumers around the world. Verimatrix helps partners get to market faster, scale easily, protect valuable revenue streams, and win new business. Visit www.verimatrix.com.

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All-New PlayStation Plus Game Subscription Service From Sony Interactive Entertainment Launches in North and South America Today

Sony Interactive Entertainment | June 14, 2022

Sony Interactive Entertainment (SIE) announced the launch of its all-new PlayStation®Plus game subscription service in North and South America, providing more flexibility and value for gaming fans. The newly enhanced PlayStation Plus offers a compelling, high-quality game catalog* across a diverse content portfolio. With the all-new PlayStation Plus, players can discover and engage with more content than ever before and deepen their connection with the PlayStation community through shared experiences. Today’s launch in the Americas will be followed by Europe and Australia in late June, completing the global roll-out that started in Asia in late May. "The global launch of the all-new PlayStation Plus represents a massive evolution of our game subscription service offering, and we are pleased that fans worldwide can now enjoy hundreds of fantastic games available in the PlayStation Plus catalog, The high caliber of content is what sets PlayStation Plus apart, and the service will continue to grow with new monthly game offerings that include some of the most celebrated titles on PlayStation platforms. We are truly grateful for the passionate support of our PlayStation community over the years.” -Jim Ryan, President and CEO, Sony Interactive Entertainment. Below are the benefit options of the all-new PlayStation Plus. PlayStation Plus Essential Benefits: Provides the same benefits that PlayStation Plus members are getting today, such as PS4 and PS5 monthly games, online multiplayer access, exclusive discounts, cloud storage and more. There are no changes for existing PlayStation Plus members in this plan and pricing remains the same. Price United States: $9.99 monthly / $24.99 quarterly / $59.99 yearly Europe: €8.99 monthly / €24.99 quarterly / €59.99 yearly United Kingdom: £6.99 monthly / £19.99 quarterly / £49.99 yearly PlayStation Plus Extra Benefits: Provides all the benefits from the Essential plan and adds a catalog of up to 400* of the most enjoyable PlayStation®4 (PS4™) and PlayStation®5 (PS5™) games - including blockbuster hits from our PlayStation Studios catalog and third-party partners. Games in the Extra plan are downloadable for play. Price: United States: $14.99 monthly / $39.99 quarterly / $99.99 yearly Europe: €13.99 monthly / €39.99 quarterly / €99.99 yearly United Kingdom: £10.99 monthly / £31.99 quarterly / £83.99 yearly PlayStation Plus Premium** Benefits: Provides all the benefits from Essential and Extra plans and adds up to 340* additional games, including: PlayStation®3 games available via cloud streaming*** A catalog of beloved classic games from the original PlayStation®, PlayStation®2 (PS2™), and PlayStation®Portable (PSP™) generation. Adds cloud streaming access*** for original PlayStation, PS2, PSP and PS4 games. Time-limited game trials is also offered in this plan, so customers can try select games before they buy. Price: United States: $17.99 monthly / $49.99 quarterly / $119.99 yearly Europe: €16.99 monthly / €49.99 quarterly / €119.99 yearly United Kingdom: £13.49 monthly / £39.99 quarterly / £99.99 yearly The new PlayStation Plus game catalog will include breathtaking titles from dozens of talented studios across the globe, including PlayStation Studios developers such as Insomniac Games, Naughty Dog, and Sucker Punch, and third-party partners such as Rockstar Games, Square Enix, WB Games and more. At launch, the PlayStation Plus game catalog will include titles such as Ghost of Tsushima Director’s Cut, Marvel’s Guardian of the Galaxy, Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales, NBA 2K22, and Red Dead Redemption 2. The hundreds of games available in the PlayStation Plus games catalog will continue to refresh and evolve over time, so there is always something new for gamers to play. Classic games coming to PlayStation Plus include beloved hits such as Ape Escape, Syphon Filter and Tekken 2. Some of these classic games will show improved frame rates and higher quality resolution than its original launch versions. Additionally, select games from the original PlayStation and PSP generation will include a new user experience with menus that allow players to save their game at any time, or even rewind the game to replay a specific section. At each regional launch, the current cloud-based subscription game service, PlayStation®Now, will transition into the new PlayStation Plus service. As a result, current customers will migrate over to PlayStation Plus Premium with cloud streaming access until their current subscription expires – with no increase to their current subscription fees at launch. Additionally, 11 markets*** in Eastern Europe will launch with cloud streaming access in June, for a total of 30 markets with cloud streaming access. Currently live in select Asia markets, including Japan, this all-new PlayStation Plus builds upon more than 25 years of SIE’s expertise in gaming innovation and strong legacy in network services. PlayStation Plus initially launched in 2010 and was the first console membership service to provide a regular refreshed library of monthly games. PlayStation Now launched in 2014 and was the first game console subscription streaming service. With the newly enhanced PlayStation Plus, SIE is taking game subscription services to the next level by delivering even greater value to gamers. For more information, please visit: https://www.playstation.com/ps-plus/ About Sony Interactive Entertainment Recognized as a global leader in interactive and digital entertainment, Sony Interactive Entertainment (SIE) is responsible for the PlayStation® brand and family of products and services. PlayStation has delivered innovation to the market since the launch of the original PlayStation in Japan in 1994. The PlayStation family of products and services include PlayStation®5, PlayStation®4, PlayStation®VR, PlayStation™Store, PlayStation®Plus, and acclaimed PlayStation software titles from PlayStation Studios. Headquartered in San Mateo, California, SIE is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Sony Group Corporation and has global functions in California, London, and Tokyo.

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NGL Collective and mitú Merge to Create Largest Digital-first Latinx Media and Entertainment Powerhouse in US

NGL Collective and mitú | August 01, 2022

GoDigital Media Group ("GoDigital"), a global media and technology conglomerate focused on community, content, and commerce, announced the acquisition of NGL Collective with the backing of MEP Capital, a media and entertainment-focused investment firm. As part of the acquisition, NGL Collective ("NGL"), the U.S.' leading New Generation Latinx digital-first media and entertainment company co-founded by actor and activist John Leguizamo and industry leader David Chitel is merging with GoDigital's mitú, a leading digital media publisher dedicated to inspiring, representing, and super-serving U.S. Latinos. The new entity will retain the name of NGL Collective, becoming the largest 100% Latino-focused digital-first Latinx media powerhouse in the country helping advertisers connect with this coveted audience regardless of age or language preference. NGL will cater to a vast network of Latinx creative and media partners, reaching U.S. Latinx communities via an array of social media and editorial sites, in-person and virtual community events, and published research. "Latinx media consumption is exploding. NGL's expertise in Latinx media solutions and our shared commitment to culturally relevant creativity makes it a great addition to GoDigital's portfolio,This acquisition cements our foothold in the U.S. Latino media space." -Jason Peterson Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of GoDigital Media Group. NGL's premium Latino video offerings on web, mobile, social, and connected television and #1 comScore ranking, coupled with mitú's community of more than 13 million social followers and web visitors, will provide an unmatched video-driven experience for consumers and advertisers. Latinos are the largest ethnic group in the U.S., accounting for 11% of the buying power, and yet their contribution is consistently excluded in media and entertainment, said John Leguizamo, Co-founder and Partner of NGL Collective. "With NGL Collective and mitú's shared commitment to amplifying the voices of the Latinx community, our platforms and reach will expand. We will create more opportunities for Latinos in front of and behind the camera to speak directly to our community and influence how America sees us and how we see ourselves. With the combined market presence of mitú brands, comprising wearemitú, somosmitú, FIERCE, crema, and Things That Matter, and NGL brands, consisting of Latina Moms, Hispanic Kitchen, and Hispanicize, the new NGL community will constitute the largest gathering of Latinx influencers, content creators, entrepreneurs, trendsetters, and media and entertainment innovators in the world. NGL's in-house Emmy®-nominated production team will also join forces with mitú's social content and brand studio team, which operates mitú Studios, a 14,000 square foot studio in Eastside Los Angeles. "For ten years, mitú has built its legacy through creating communities and ensuring Latino voices are heard. Joining forces with NGL enables mitú to continue to build brands, cultural content and experiences that resonate with and represent the diverse U.S. Latino community, It's exciting to bring these companies together in a shared mission, with complementary solutions, and be part of leading mitú and NGL brands into the next decade." -Vanessa Vigil, Chief Brand Officer, NGL Collective. NGL will be helmed by current Chief Executive Officer and Founder David Chitel, with the creative support of Partner John Leguizamo. Vanessa Vigil will be elevated from General Manager of mitú to Chief Brand Officer of NGL. Ben Leff, NGL's Chief Operating Officer, Ben DeJesus, President of NGL Studios, and Joe Bernard, NGL's Chief Revenue Officer, will remain in the same capacities. Stephen Brooks, President of mitú and Latido Networks, will oversee the integration of the two companies, focusing on strengthening GoDigital's investments in Latinx media. This unprecedented business combination solidifies our mission of being the #1 New Generation Latinx digital-first media and entertainment company in the U.S., concluded David Chitel, Chief Executive Officer of NGL Collective. The power and influence of U.S. Latinos merits a company like NGL exclusively focused on connecting advertisers with our coveted audience in-language, in-culture and in-context. The depth of our newly expanded offering inclusive of mitú makes us far and away the leader in our space. Kroll Securities, LLC served as exclusive financial advisor to NGL Collective in connection with the transaction. Frost Miller LLP served as legal counsel to NGL and Stubbs Alderton & Markiles LLP served as legal counsel to GoDigital. GoDigital's transaction progress was coordinated by Zeevo Group LLC. NGL Collective NGL Collective ("NGL") is the U.S.' leading independent Latinx media and entertainment solutions company connecting advertisers with the Latinx audience in-language, in-culture and in-context. Decades before it was cool, understood or even acceptable to talk about the NGL (New Generation Latinx) majority that is driving growth in America, NGL Collective was dedicated to modernizing the way advertisers reach and engage Latinx. As the group who coined the term "New Generation Latinx," we know NGLs best and help advertisers connect with them through our end-to-end offerings, spanning NGL Media, NGL Studios, NGL Social, NGL Virtual and NGL Solutions. www.nglcollective.com About MEP Capital MEP Capital ("MEP") is an investment firm focused on opportunities in the media and entertainment industries, providing support to the creative community. Across digital media, music, film & television, gaming, live events, and digital media, MEP partners with leading industry operators to finance projects, acquire assets, and invest in businesses. We invest through long-term oriented funds, with committed capital from institutions, family offices, and high-net-worth individuals. www.mepcap.com About mitú mitú is a leading digital media company dedicated to inspiring, representing and super-serving U.S. Latinos. As a platform built for Latinos by Latinos, mitú is committed to representing both the collective and unique experiences of the 200% generation - 100% American and 100% Latino - through their multiple touch points in video, editorial, social, media, and research. www.wearemitu.com About GoDigital Media Group GoDigital Media Group ("GoDigital") is a diversified multinational conglomerate focused on technology-enabled and vertically integrated IP rights management through its operating subsidiaries. GoDigital is focused on the synergy of content, community, and commerce across music, video networks, and brands. www.godigitalmg.com

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