Sony Connect’s Video/Movie Plans

As I reported here first, Sony has plans to move beyond music, with its new Sony Connect service (Should I be angry with this chest thumping by other media organizations?), Sony will extend its music service Sony Connect to include video content for portable devices and PCs within 12 months. This story in an interview with Michael Lynton, CEO of Sony Pictures Entertainment.

Sony’s consumer electronics arm is developing a number of portable devices that are able to download and play films and video programmes.

The system would include sophisticated copy protection mechanisms. It is believed that Sony’s content would be downloadable only to those portable devices compatible with Sony’s technology.

The system may include movies from online movie service Movielink, though that hasn’t yet been confirmed. Movielink is a joint venture comprising Sony Pictures, Paramount, Universal Studios, Warner Brothers and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.

(An aside: Movielink is looking at strategic options, including sale: Will Sony buy it? An enticing thought, since Sony already owns a piece it…if it happens, you’ll hear about it here first, as usual)

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