Playstation Network to become premium entertainment service brandWednesday, January 28th, 2015
Playstation™Network to emcompass games, TV, video and music as a premium entertainment service brand
- Sony Computer Entertainment and Sony Network Entertainment International Tie Together Premium Network Services to Deliver the Ultimate Entertainment Experience
SAN MATEO, Calif., and TOKYO, Japan — Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. (SCE) and Sony Network Entertainment International LLC. (SNEI) announced that PlayStation™Network (PSN℠) will be the premium entertainment service brand which encompasses games, TV, video and music services. “Video Unlimited” and “Music Unlimited,” Sony’s digital video and music services currently offered on Sony Entertainment Network (SEN™), will become part of PlayStation Network, and rebranded as PlayStation™Video (PS Video) and PlayStation™Music (PS Music) respectively.
The companies’ network service offerings have been steadily expanding over the years, and monthly active users of PlayStation Network and SEN have exceeded 64.0 million as of December, 2014. While PlayStation Network has been synonymous with the best in gaming, it has also evolved to become a premier, comprehensive digital entertainment brand. By tying the network services under a single brand, SCE and SNEI will aim to further expand the network business by building upon the success of delivering the best all-round digital entertainment, and also extending the ultimate gaming and network entertainment experiences to an arena including movies, TV, and music.
“We are very excited to offer our wide array of network services including games, TV, videos and music, under the PlayStation brand,” said Andrew House, President and Group CEO of Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. and Group Executive in charge of the Network Entertainment Business. “We look forward to bringing even more compelling experiences, and an unparalleled breadth and quality of digital entertainment services and content to our customers.”
As a unified service platform, PlayStation Network will continue to deliver compelling entertainment experiences through PlayStation®Store (PS Store), gaming services such as PlayStation®Plus (PS Plus), PlayStation™Now (PS Now), and entertainment services including PlayStation™Vue (PS Vue), a service that reinvents the television experience, PS Video and PS Music.
PlayStation™Video (PS Video)
The video on demand and transactional service, “Video Unlimited,” will be rebranded as PS Video and will continue to offer over 200,000 movies and TV shows across PlayStation platforms, Sony devices and PCs, in 11 countries and regions. With PS Video, users will have immediate access to buy or rent, not only a deep catalog of content, but the latest releases across movies and TV shows, including exclusive content only available on PlayStation, anytime and anywhere on various compatible devices.
PlayStation™Vue (PS Vue)
PS Vue, first announced in November 2014, is a pioneering new cloud-based TV service that reinvents the television experience. The beta preview has begun in New York, Chicago and Philadelphia for select PS4 and PS3 owners, and will launch commercially during the first quarter of 2015. PS Vue leverages the power of the cloud to combine the live, on-demand, and catch-up TV content viewers love with a powerful user interface, that delivers unprecedented personalization and simplicity.