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Sony Streams FIFA to BRAVIA TVs and Blu-ray Players

Sony announced that it will start streaming the FIFA World Cup Collection to BRAVIA TVs and Blu-ray Disc players across Europe via its BRAVIA Internet Video platform starting late May.

According to the statement, owners of a BRAVIA TV, BRAVIA Home Theatre or Sony Blu-ray player with BRAVIA Internet Video will be able to view the Top 20 FIFA World Cup Moments, FIFA World Cup stories and anecdotes, FIFA World Cup films and the profiles of classic football players.

For more information visit: www.sony-europe.com ; www.FIFA.com


Unedited press release follows:

Sony streams FIFA® World Cup™ Collection to BRAVIA® TVs and Blu-ray Disc™ Players
13 May 2010

Catalogue of FIFA World Cup™ Collection available via Sony BRAVIA Internet Video includes FIFA World Cups 1930-2002 and Top 20 FIFA World Cup Moments

Sony announced that it will start streaming the FIFA World Cup™ Collection to BRAVIA TVs and Blu-ray Disc players across Europe via its BRAVIA Internet Video platform from late May*. Owners and prospective owners of a BRAVIA TV, BRAVIA Home Theatre or Sony Blu-ray player with BRAVIA Internet Video will be able to enjoy the Top 20 FIFA World Cup Moments, check out legendary FIFA World Cup stories and anecdotes, watch one of several FIFA World Cup films or check out the profile of their favourite classic football player.

BRAVIA Internet Video lets you watch the programmes you missed on popular ‘catch-up’ TV services, so you can enjoy full-screen re-runs of your favourite TV shows whenever it suit you. It also allows access to a whole world of free, on-demand internet content to explore from sharing websites such as YouTube ™, Dailymotion™ and many more. There’s no need to hook up your PC or watch on a cramped screen; you can quickly access new videos and services as they’re added and stream full-screen content direct to your TV.

The partnership with FIFA adds to Sony’s roster of BRAVIA Internet Video partners. It brings a vast catalogue of football games, facts and films directly into the living room, whenever it suits you. Initially available in English only, French, Italian, German and Spanish versions of the service will be available soon.

Speaking on the announcement, Christian Luecke, Director Consumer Marketing TV & Online Marketing, Sony Europe, said: “We are very excited to offer a catalogue of the FIFA World Cup Collection to consumers in time for the 2010 FIFA World Cup. Thanks to BRAVIA Internet Video and our partnership with FIFA, we can make some of the greatest football moments come to life in consumers’ living rooms across Europe at the touch of a button.”
Notes to editors

*English version only in Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Romania, Russia, Slovak Republic, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland & United Kingdom. Other European countries to follow shortly

The catalogue is expanded continuously and includes the following:

* 20 FIFA World Cup™ Moments
The Top 20 FIFA World Cup™ Moments counts down, in reverse order, the top 20 FIFA World Cup moments of all time. Eighteen tournaments in 76 years of competition have produced so many thrilling and memorable moments that this selection – the greatest and most famous – reflects our view of what captures the essence of FIFA World Cup magic.
* 14 Official Films from the 1930 – 2002 FIFA World Cups
From the tense last moments of “Goal”, the colour record of England’s only FIFA World Cup™ victory in an era when television was black and white, to the glorious sweep and drama of the 35mm filming of “Hero”, the film of Mexico 86 which focused on Maradona’s finest and most controversial hour, here are films which stand the test of time.
* FIFA World Cups Stories, Legends and History Programme
A selection of short films reminding us of the debut of legendary players, celebrated moments and intense penalty shoot-outs.
* A-Z FIFA World Cup Football Programme (music)
The A – Z of Football consists of 60-second vignettes of the most spectacular action from exclusive film footage from the 1954 – 2002 FIFA World Cups™.
* FIFA World Cup Classic Players
The “Classic Players” series celebrates 15 of the greatest players to have graced the world stage during the distinguished 76 year history of the FIFA World Cup™.
* FIFA Mini World Cups 1966-2006
Enjoy the highlights of each FIFA World Cup™ tournament, starting with the memorable 1966 finals in England and ending with the magnificent 2006 finals in Germany.

About FIFA
The Fédération Internationale de Football Association is the world governing body of football, comprising 208 football associations grouped into six confederations. FIFA’s activities extend far beyond its broad spectrum of international competitions, headed by the FIFA World Cup™: FIFA provides material, financial and promotional means to develop the game around the world, and offers underprivileged communities support through the Football for Hope movement.

For more information on FIFA and its competitions, especially the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa™, please visit the official website at www.FIFA.com.

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