Sony swung to an annual profit for the first time in five years and said it expects smartphone sales to jump by more than a quarter to 42 million units this fiscal year, as the once-venerable electronics maker leans more on its mobile business to help revive its fortunes.
Sony Pictures Television said it'll use digital multicast channels on Univision TV stations to distribute getTV, a classic movie channel it will launch this fall. The studio said Tuesday that most getTV titles will come from Sony's library of 3,500 movies.
Eric Berger, executive vice president of digital networks at Sony Pictures and manager of Crackle, the company's multiplatform online video product, says that the unit is seeing more subscribers who want to watch "full-length movies and full-length TV shows on their smartphones and tablets."
Eric Berger, who runs Sony's Crackle unit, is a big believer in snacking--as long as it involves content.
Eric Berger leads Sony's multiplatform video entertainment network, Crackle, and plays a key role in managing ad-supported digital businesses and partnerships with companies including YouTube and Hulu. FierceOnlineVideo 's Mariko Hewer spoke with him about "content snacking," Crackle's business model and the typical Crackle user.
Spain's leading mobile operators will introduce smartphones from HTC, LG Electronics, Nokia, Samsung Electronics and Sony Mobile Communications with Joyn embedded into the smartphones' operating systems.
Viacom's Epix launched an app on Sony's PlayStation 3 Tuesday which allows subscribers from affiliates such as Charter Communications, Verizon, Cox Communications and Dish Network to access 3,000 titles through the gaming consoles.
AT&T Mobility, Sprint Nextel, Verizon Wireless and T-Mobile USA parent Deutsche Telekom were among the top five mobile operators worldwide in terms of patent filings, according to a report from industry analyst Chetan Sharma.
SANTA CLARA, Calif.--Philip Lynch, who oversees content for Sony's Crackle online video site, said users visiting the service through TVs typically consume more than two hours of content in an average session. He also said users accessing the site from a mobile device typically spend 18 to 25 minutes watching videos, and users on a PC typically watch videos for around 1.5 hours.
DirecTV may be developing the pay TV industry's first 4K, or ultra HD network, according to several trademark applications it filed last week.