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February 26, 2014
06:03 EDTSNE, DTVGame Show Network acquires Bash Gaming, Re/code reports
Game Show Network, which recently sued Bash Gaming, is expected to announce that it has acquired Bash, which makes the game Bingo Bash, Re/code reports. Thefly notes that DirecTV (DTV) has a 65% stake in GSN, while Sony Pictures Entertainment (SNE) owns the rest. Reference Link
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April 1, 2015
06:31 EDTSNESony cuts stake in Olympus, Reuters reports
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March 31, 2015
13:29 EDTSNEAcacia subsidiaries enter into patent license agreements with Sony Mobile
Acacia Research (ACTG) announced that its Saint Lawrence Communications LLC and Saint Lawrence Communications GmbH subsidiaries have entered into patent license agreements with Sony (SNE) Mobile Communications.
11:49 EDTSNEFTC approves orders settling charges of false advertising by Sony for PS Vita
The FTC has approved two final orders settling charges that Sony Computer Entertainment America and its advertising agency at the time falsely advertised certain capabilities of the company’s PlayStation Vita handheld gaming console. According to the complaints, announced jointly in November 2014, Sony deceived consumers with false advertising claims about several “game changing” technological features of the PS Vita in late 2011 and early 2012. The Commission alleged that Deutsch LA, Sony’s advertising agency for the PS Vita launch, knew or should have known that the advertisements it produced contained misleading claims about the console’s capabilities. The FTC also alleged that Deutsch LA misled consumers by urging its employees to create awareness and excitement about the PS Vita on Twitter, without instructing them to disclose their connection to the advertising agency or its then-client Sony. Under the order, Sony will provide consumers who bought a PS Vita gaming console before June 1, 2012, either a $25 cash or credit refund, or a $50 merchandise voucher for select video games, and/or services. The FTC’s order with Deutsch LA bars it from making similar misrepresentations as Sony, and bars misrepresentations that an endorser of any game console product or video game product is an independent user or ordinary consumer of the product. It also requires the agency to disclose a material connection, where one exists, between any endorser of a game console product or video game product and Deutsch LA or other entity involved in the manufacture or marketing of the product. Reference Link
06:00 EDTSNESony Mobile to ship 38M smartphones in FY15, DigiTimes reports
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March 30, 2015
07:53 EDTSNEAlibaba signs digital music distribution deal for China with BMG, WSJ reports
Alibaba (BABA) will become an exclusive online distributor of BMG’s music and artists in China under a new digital music distribution deal, The Wall Street Journal reports. The partnership with BMG follows similar deals in China last year between Tencent (TCEHY) and music companies like Sony's (SNE) Sony Music Entertainment and Warner Music Group. Reference Link
March 27, 2015
06:14 EDTDTVAT&T betting on slow decline in traditional cable packages, WSJ says
AT&T (T) knew that demand for cable bundles had likely peaked when it bought DirecTV (DTV), but the company believes the decline in traditional cable businesses will be slower than anticipated, allowing it to fund upgrades to its broadband network, reports the Wall Street Journal, citing statements by Chief Strategy Officer John Stankey. "The world is going to be broadband... and that is where we want to be," said Stankey. The Journal notes that Apple (AAPL), Time Warner's (TWC) HBO, and Dish (DISH) have launched or plan to launch web-TV packages and services. Reference Link
March 26, 2015
06:32 EDTSNEGameStop pre-owned sales may see boost in Thursday earnings release, WSJ says
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March 25, 2015
05:52 EDTSNEFoxconn to set up India production lines to respond to Sony demand, DigiTimes says
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March 23, 2015
08:13 EDTDTVPendrell unit: Court rejects attempts to limit scope of DRM patents
ContentGuard Holdings, a subsidiary of Pendrell Corporation (PCO), announced that on Friday, March 20, Judge J. Rodney Gilstrap of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas issued a 144 page Claim Construction Order in lawsuits ContentGuard filed against several companies who continue to use its patented Digital Rights Management solutions without a license, including Apple (AAPL), Amazon.com (AMZN), DirecTV (DTV), Google (GOOG), HTC, Huawei, Motorola Mobility and Samsung Electronics (SSNLF). In his order, Judge Gilstrap interpreted the language in ContentGuard’s patents in a manner that fully preserves the breadth of ContentGuard’s patented Digital Rights Management technologies. These technologies were developed to enable the distribution of digital media over the Internet and other networks, including cellular and satellite networks, and provide innovative solutions to problems that were once thought to be unsolvable. “We are very pleased with the Court’s ruling,” commented James Baker, ContentGuard’s Vice President for Licensing and Strategic Development. “We believe these claim constructions demonstrate that the online stores defendants provide for buying and renting DRM-protected movies, videos, books, and music and devices that play, run, display or print this DRM-protected content infringe ContentGuard’s pioneering DRM patents.”
06:00 EDTSNESony to reduce TV, smartphone orders to Taiwan partners, DigiTimes reports
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March 20, 2015
06:36 EDTSNEWeb TV companies ask internet providers for special treatment, WSJ says
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06:06 EDTSNESony Mobile expected to reach revised smartphone shipment target, DigiTimes says
Sony Mobile said its Q4 smartphone shipments increased 20.2% sequentially to 11.9M units, reports DigiTimes. According to Taiwan-based hanset component suppliers, Sony Mobile is expected ship over 8M smartphones in the first calendar quarter of 2015, allowing the vendor to reach its revised target of 39.2M units for FY14. Reference Link
March 18, 2015
12:09 EDTSNESony announces launch of PlayStation Vue in New York, Chicago, Philadelphia
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07:30 EDTDTVAT&T-DirecTV getting less attention than Comcast-Time Warner Cable, Reuters says
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