Sony yesterday announced its Qriocity cloud-based music and video streaming service – a potential rival to Apple’s iTunes – would launch in 5 European countries this year having already been available int he US since April.
The service will be available in the U.K, France, Germany, Italy and Spain with HD and SD content from major studios including 20th Century Fox, Lionsgate, MGM, Paramount Pictures, Walt Disney, Warner Bros and Sony Pictures.
In a statement the firm said content would be “rented at the touch of a button” via a number of its entertainment hardware ranges including selected BRAVIA TVs and Blu-ray players as well as PlayStation 3 and VAIO PCs.
“We are excited to offer our customers high quality, cloud-based entertainment experiences across many of Sony’s network-enabled devices,” said Kazuo Hirai, President of Networked Products & Services Group, Sony Corporation. “Services ‘powered by Qriocity’ will revolutionize the way that users play, listen, watch, share, communicate, learn, discover and create their digital entertainment content.”