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The New York City indie band Skaters is on tour in support of its debut album, Manhattan, and we want you to get close to the action when they hit their hometown. Join the quartet onstage on Saturday, Oct. 25 (6 PM PST/10 PM EST) via the PlayStation Live Events Viewer app as they perform a set for our New Legends Concert Series, an ongoing look at New York’s best musical talent featuring marquee events in Brooklyn and Manhattan. So grab a banquet beer, play some air guitar and smile because you’re experiencing something legendary.

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Delivered straight to your living room from your PS4™ and PS3™ systems, the Live Events Viewer gives users the opportunity to watch exciting live content or catch up with on-demand viewing of UFC and wrestling events, concerts, races and more all with no subscription and no commitments.

Here’s how to download the Live Events Viewer app for free to get started:

  • Log on to PlayStation®Store on your PS4™ (or PS3™).
  • Find Live Events Viewer for download in the Apps section.
  • Once the Live Events Viewer is downloaded, find it on PS4™ in the TV & Video tile (or on PS3’s XMB under TV/Video Services).
  • Log on with your Sony Entertainment Network username and password.
  • Then, simply select News Legends Concert Series, purchase the event and enjoy the action.

*New Legends Concert Series will be available on the Live Events Viewer app in US, Canada, Mexico, Brazil, Argentina, and Chile.

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Watching the latest Hollywood hits or recent episodes of your favorite TV show just got easier with the introduction of the new Sony Entertainment Network web video player.

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The new web player brings Video Unlimited’s vast catalog of TV shows and movies right to your computer without needing to download additional software. Find out more at PlayStation Blog.

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Music Unlimited on PlayStation®3 PS3(™) has been given a massive update that includes a new user interface and greatly improved performance.

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You can read all about what’s new right here on PlayStation.Blog.

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We’ve updated the Music Unlimited iOS app for iPhone and iPod touch today with a substantial design makeover and improved performance.

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Music Unlimited iOS version 2.0 delivers a new, beautiful user interface that looks like the latest PlayStation®4 and Xperia® Walkman applications and improves your ability to view artist discography, top songs, related artists, and more.

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You can now sort your library by newly added songs and recently modified playlists, and edit song order in your playlists.

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Listening to your feedback, we’ve also dramatically improved song loading and queue view and increased the app’s stability.

Download the app from the Apple App Storesm and let us know what you think. Make sure to keep an eye open for future Music Unlimited updates!

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Customers in Brazil now have access to premium movies through the Video Unlimited digital video service.

Available in 11 countries across the world, Video Unlimited gives you access to an expansive – and constantly growing – collection of Hollywood blockbuster and classic movies. Available through PlayStation®Store (PS Store), the service provides instant access to movies on PlayStation®4 (PS4™) and PlayStation®3 (PS3™) systems, as well as the ability to download and play movies on PlayStation®Vita (PS Vita) systems and Windows-based PCs through Sony’s Media Go application. Additionally, Sony Xperia™ smartphone and tablet1 users can stream2 3 or download content through the Video Unlimited application, while select Sony connected BRAVIA® television and Blu-ray Disc™ player2 users can rent and instantly stream movies through the Video Unlimited application.

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With titles like The Amazing Spider-Man 2, Robocop, 300: Rise of an Empire, The Lego Movie, as well as weekly new releases and a huge catalog of timeless classics, Video Unlimited will now give PlayStation users in Brazil, and those who own other Sony devices, instant access to an endless stream of digital entertainment through a convenient, single sign-on account.

For more information on the launch of Video Unlimited in Brazil, please visit here.

Don’t forget to check out the Sony Entertainment Network online store and let us know what you’re going to watch this week!

 

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3 Video Unlimited on Xperia devices launches later in the evening of August 21, 2014.

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You already know that Music Unlimited is the best way to listen to the hottest new releases, create custom playlists and check out specially curated mixes. Now you can let your friends and family in on the excitement.

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Music Unlimited is offering three, six and 12-month subscription offers via GameStop.

It’s the perfect time to start thinking about Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, birthdays and even graduation. Remember: Giving the gift of music always beats socks.

Head on over to GameStop.com and click on the subscription plan that works for you:

The six-month and 12–month offers come with deep discounts, so even if you’re not in the gift-giving mood don’t miss out on some serious savings for yourself.

 

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January was a big month for Sony Entertainment Network. Take a look below and see how the Music Unlimited service continues to grow since the launch of the PlayStation 4, what songs and movies were most popular last month and what Oscar nominees you can already watch and listen to as you get ready for this year’s Academy Awards.

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The response from gamers worldwide since the launch of PlayStation®4 in November has been nothing short of phenomenal, with more than 4.2 million units sold as of December 28, 2013.  Equally exciting is that more people than ever are enjoying the Music Unlimited service now thanks to PS4.

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Music Unlimited subscriber growth has doubled as gamers enjoy  cool features  like jamming to the latest Top 40 hits or Eminem Channel in the background while playing their favorite game. We’ve also seen a 50% increase[i] in the number of tracks streamed, while PS4 has accounted for 38%[ii] of total Music Unlimited playback.

Now we’re getting ready for the next big step.

On February 22, PS4 will launch in Japan and the Music Unlimited service will be along for the ride from Day one in one of the world’s largest and most influential music markets.

The Music Unlimited service first launched in Japan in July 2012 and is already the top streaming music service in the country. Music Unlimited on PS4 offers an incredible listening experience with a completely redesigned user interface that is faster and simpler to user. In addition to music playback in the background, users can also play, pause, skip tracks and seek to a location within a song on the fly without completely exiting games or other apps through a pop-up menu by pressing the “PS” button on the DUALSHOCK®4 controller.

For those of you enjoying Music Unlimited on PS4 outside of Japan, here are a few of our favorite Japanese artists to help you get ready for the launch.

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[i] Comparing November 2013 to January 2014

[ii] Data from January 2014

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Cloud-Based Digital Music Subscription Service to Power Music Streaming for Leading Concert Discovery Application

Bandsintown and Sony Network Entertainment International today announced a partnership that will deliver fans better music and artist discovery. Through the partnership, the Music Unlimited service will be integrated directly into the Bandsintown application, enabling users of Bandsintown, the world’s largest concert discovery application with nine million application installs, to access millions of streaming songs within posts promoted by Bandsintown artists and shared by fans, email announcements, weekly updates, friend RSVP notifications, and more via Facebook, iOS and Android devices in 19 countries.

“Music Unlimited not only provides ad-free access to the latest hits but also enhances music discovery by elevating every genre, exposing Bandsintown music fans to new artists,” said Michael Aragon, vice president and general manager of global digital video and music services at Sony Network Entertainment International. “Our fast-growing global library of more than 25 million songs will complement Bandsintown’s expansive concert catalog, giving fans immediate access to local concert information and music they love.”

Bandsintown connects fans to their favorite music and delivers real-time notifications alerting them anytime their favorite artist’s tour or announce new shows nearby. Alternatively, Bandsintown users can glance at the entire list of artists playing in their area, select a track and sample new music through Music Unlimited and see a show of an artist they’ve never heard before.

“Bandsintown is all about making it easier for music lovers to not just be the first to find out when artists they love are coming near them, but to help them discover new music,” said Julien Mitelberg, CEO of Bandsintown. “Bandsintown already sends 25 percent of its fan base to concerts they had never heard about before. We want to boost that number even further by improving artist and music discovery right from the core of the application.”
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During this week’s CES keynote address by Kazuo Hirai, President and CEO, Sony Corporation, he discussed many great network entertainment innovations coming your way from Sony this year and beyond. One of those in particular, introduced by Andrew House, President and Group CEO of Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. and executive in charge of Sony Network Entertainment, Sony Corporation, we want to highlight here.

Sony Entertainment Network will begin testing a new cloud-based TV service in the US later this year that combines the live TV content people love most about cable with the dynamic experience you have come to expect from digital media services. We’re very excited about this initiative and look forward to unveiling more details in the near future. Be sure to check our blog frequently for updates.

If you missed the keynote or press conference and want to catch all the details you can watch them here. And don’t forget to keep checking out the SonyCES hub for photos and other updates straight from the show all week.

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