In today's spotlight, FierceMobileContent takes a look at Sony's strategy with the launch of its PlayStation 4 gaming console, which will allow users to access their smartphone or tablet computers to view maps during games.
Consumer spending on mobile games optimized for Apple's iOS and Google's Android combined to eclipse spending on handheld titles published for the Sony PSP and Nintendo 3DS platforms during the fourth quarter of 2012, according to a new report issued by research firm IDC and mobile analytics firm App Annie.
It's been a bad couple of days for Netflix, if you look at things from the content perspective. Pay TV channel Starz on Monday said it renewed an agreement to carry Sony Pictures movies released in theaters through 2021, and on Tuesday Amazon.com and CBS said they were expanding their licensing agreement.
Comcast said Wednesday that it will add 3D programming from 3net, a 3D network owned by Discovery Communications , Sony and IMAX, on Jan. 28.
While news about IPTV growth in the United States is generally muted (with the exception of new players like Sony and Intel trying to get into the space), things are a little hotter north of the border. A report by IHS Screen Digest Television Intelligence reports "IPTV is rapidly gaining momentum at the expense of incumbent cable and satellite services" in Canada.
Two years after Time Warner Cable announced it would allow subscribers to watch cable programing on TVs from Samsung and Sony without using a cable set-top, the nation's second largest cable MSO said it is still working on streaming video to connected TVs.
Even as cable operators continue to leak video subscribers and IPTV providers tread water in the pay TV space, it appears that yet another player--Sony, of all companies--thinks there's money to be made in selling television.
Viacom's Epix premium network said it is building apps that will allow subscribers to access its programming on Sony's PlayStation 3 and PlayStation Vita systems.
Netflix and Sony said Tuesday that Netflix plans to use the Sony PlayStation 3 gaming console as its "primary development platform" for distributing video to its online video subscribers.
Ensequence signed a deal with Sony Electronics that could help ESPN, Turner Broadcasting, AMC and other networks deliver interactive advertising and programming to connected TVs.