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Sony Unveils Streaming Video and Cloud Music Services

Sony Corporation announced that its Video On Demand powered by Qriocity, a streaming video service, will be available this fall in five European countries including France, Germany, Italy, Spain and the U.K.

According to the statement, with Video On Demand powered by Qriocity customers can choose from hundreds of movies from 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment, Lionsgate, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios Inc. (MGM), NBC Universal International Television Distribution, Paramount Pictures, Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, The Walt Disney Company and Warner Bros. Digital Distribution, as well as content from local studios. Many movies are available in HD and all can be rented through Sony’s 2010 models of network-enabled BRAVIA TVs, Blu-ray Disc (BD) players and Blu-ray Home Theater systems. Video On Demand powered by Qriocity has been available in the U.S. since April 2010.

Sony also announced plans to introduce Music Unlimited powered by Qriocity, a new cloud-based digital music service. Available by year’s end, Music Unlimited powered by Qriocity will give music listeners access to millions of songs stored and synchronized through the cloud. Music Unlimited powered by Qriocity will initially be available across Sony’s 2010 models of network-enabled BRAVIA TVs, Blu-ray Disc players, Blu-ray Home Theater systems as well as PlayStation 3 computer entertainment systems and VAIOs and other personal computers and will become increasingly available on a range of Sony’s portable devices. Details of the service plan will be announced in the future.

“We are excited to offer our customers high quality, cloud-based entertainment experiences across many of Sony’s network-enabled devices,” said Kazuo Hirai, President of Networked Products & Services Group, Sony Corporation. “Services ‘powered by Qriocity’ will revolutionize the way that users play, listen, watch, share, communicate, learn, discover and create their digital entertainment content.”

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