The 2012 International Consumer Electronics Show is officially over and we’re all back in our offices and recovering from what was a great time in Las Vegas. We made a handful of big announcements at CES this year, including the expansion of the Music Unlimited service’s into more countries and the fact that the Music Unlimited service is coming to iOS devices in the first quarter of this year.
Last Wednesday at the show we were part of of a very special event: The wedding of Internet and TV. Sony devices and services bring together the best of both those things into an extremely cohesive experience and the event at the Bellagio Wedding Chapel was a great way to symbolize that.
If you were following us on Twitter or Facebook earlier in the week you saw updates from the CES show floor, specifically the Sony booth, something we did to bring the experience home to those who couldn’t be with us in Las Vegas. We hope you enjoyed our live coverage of the event, all the photos we took and everything else from this year’s show. You can visit Sony.com/CES for even more from CES 2012.
Since we’re very much in “recap” mode here we thought we’d highlight some of the news stories and more that expanded upon the news we made at CES.
Yahoo/Tecca: (W)hy does Sony think its media offerings are going to take off? It’s as simple as the lineup of new products the company is releasing over the next 12 months. the Music and Video unlimited services will be available on Sony game systems, tablets, smartphones, and Bravia HDTVs, and if you own more than one of these devices, the experience is designed to be seamless.
Billboard: Regardless of the devices, Sony is aiming to put together an integrated experience. “One of the things we’re working on longer term is a user experience that has one common [user interface] for all content but also integrates the content in a way that’s very unique,” Michael Aragon, Vice President & General Manager, Global Digital Video and Music Services at Sony Network Entertainment, told Billboard earlier this month. “For Sony, what our strength is is our ability to take these various services and have them integrated in a common [user interface]with one wallet and one account.”
Forbes: Kaz Hirai now on stage talking about the significance of ecosystems and common platforms. Says products should complement each other. Sony’s “new user experience” — a rather generic term — will be based on Sony Entertainment Network, which will work with one common ID and a digital wallet. There is Video Unlimited across Sony TVs, phones, tablets, PCs, game consoles. Sony has Music Unlimited for music across devices. Global catalog of over 12 million songs and in 13 countries now. New features include the ability to find new music based on the music you’re currently listening to. “Discovery is easier than ever.”
Variety: Sony Entertainment Network is the linchpin of the conglom’s efforts to push premium content across its products, allowing users to stream or download content to myriad branded devices via a single ID and digital wallet. Music Unlimited is a big piece of SEN, with a global catalog of 12 million songs available in four new countries, Hirai revealed, bringing its total footprint to 13. Its counterpart for TV and movies, Video Unlimited, is in nine.
AllThingsD: Sony says its “Music Unlimited” service will be available for Apple’s iPhones and iPods – but not iPads – within the next three months. The subscription service launched last year without any mobile options at all, then expanded to include some devices running Google’s Android operating system. Sony says the service now has a million users, but won’t disclose how many of them are paying monthly fees and how many are using a free trial.
VentureBeat: Sony’s Music Unlimited streaming music service has been available on Android devices and PCs for some time now, but iOS users have been left out — until now. The electronics company will offer a free iPhone and iPad app for Music Unlimited at some point this quarter, Tim Schaaff, head of Sony Entertainment Network said today at a small CES media gathering.
Finally, you can watch SEN head Tim Schaff talking about all the big CES news here at AllThingsD as well as in a Forbes video below.
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