Who needs Netflix? Sony has launched its own version of a movie and TV rental service, dubbed Video Unlimited, on its Tablet S yesterday.
While Sony could benefit greatly from a Netflix-esque service of its own, as the company is involved in multiple industries, including entertainments and personal technology involving tablets, phones, computer and TVs, among others, the PlayStation maker plans to share the potential wealth with a number of non-Sony Android devices as an app. However, Video Unlimited will not be available on all non-Sony Android gadgets, as not all devices will have the same hardware to play videos at the same quality level, according to Sony’s vice president Mike Aragon, as first reported in the LA Times. The selected Android devices that will receive a Video Unlimited app will also get its music counterpart, with Music Unlimited.
Video Unlimited will offer users more than 6,500 films from major studios as well as indie favorites, in addition to over 40,000 TV episodes. The rental service will also be found on Sony’s Ericsson phones, Blu-ray players, PCs, TVs and PlayStation console.
Apple iOS users hoping to see a Video Unlimited app on their device have a long time coming, as Aragon stated that Sony’s current main objective is to focus on Android. While he did say that other platforms may come later, Aragon pointed out that Apple’s 30 percent compensation rate for apps makes things a little complicated.
Video Unlimited is expected to appear on select non-Sony Android devices early next year, according to Aragon.
Source: Los Angeles Times