SPORTS ILLUSTRATED Partners with Sony Network Entertainment to Deliver Celebrated Swimsuit Franchise in 3D Video
NEW YORK, Jan. 5, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- For the first time, the 60 million+ fans of SPORTS ILLUSTRATED's iconic Swimsuit franchise can experience Swimsuit in 3D video thanks to a cutting-edge transactional licensing agreement around SI Swimsuit 2011 with Sony Network Entertainment. The offering aligns the most successful platform in publishing history with Sony's unique ability to combine technology, products, content and services.
Premiering on February 15, launch day for SI Swimsuit 2011, the 3D Swimsuit video (content will also be available in a 2D format) shot earlier this year will be exclusively available for rental or purchase on PlayStation® Network's video delivery service via PlayStation®3 (PS3™) computer entertainment system, and for rental on "Video On Demand powered by Qriocity™" via Sony's 3D-compatible and network-enabled 2010 and 2011 BRAVIA® HDTVs and 2011 Blu-ray Disc™ players. A free, three-minute sneak preview of the 3D Swimsuit video will be available on PlayStation Network's video delivery service and "Video On Demand powered by Qriocity" later this year.
"Just when you think the bar couldn't get any higher for the Swimsuit franchise, we've raised it once again with our partners at Sony," said Mark Ford, President of the SPORTS ILLUSTRATED Group. "Swimsuit in 3D has extraordinary potential and we're thrilled to deliver its millions of fans a new perspective through the exciting world of 3D video."
In addition to the 3D footage, users of PlayStation Network's video delivery service and "Video On Demand powered by Qriocity" can also rent or purchase more than twelve hours of Swimsuit video including the official, hour-long, behind the scenes Making of SPORTS ILLUSTRATED Swimsuit 2011 video, four new 30-minute videos focusing on the 2011 Swimsuit shoot locations, and the hour-long Making of SPORTS ILLUSTRATED Swimsuit videos shot during the last decade. PS3 users can purchase exclusive "Dynamic PS3 Themes" based on iconic SI model photos from the 1990s, the 2006 All-Star Shoot, as well as SI model photos from 2010 and 2011, to customize their PS3 experience.
"The combination of SPORTS ILLUSTRATED Swimsuit brand with the amazing 3D capabilities of Sony's network-enabled devices makes for a great consumer entertainment experience," said Tim Schaaff, President, Sony Network Entertainment. "We strive to deliver unique content to our users, and are delighted to offer this first-of-its-kind high definition 3D Swimsuit video."
The multiplatform cross-marketing agreement, builds upon a 2010 partnership between SPORTS ILLUSTRATED and Sony, which produced the most downloaded sports content of the year on the PlayStation Network— the Making of SPORTS ILLUSTRATED Swimsuit 2010 video.
The SPORTS ILLUSTRATED Group's award-winning journalism powers a media company that includes SPORTS ILLUSTRATED, SI.COM, GOLF MAGAZINE, GOLF.COM, SI GOLF PLUS, SI PRESENTS, SI KIDS, SI INTERNATIONAL, SI BOOKS, SI MOBILE, SI SWIMSUIT, SI Social, consumer products and Live Media. Earlier this year, SPORTS ILLUSTRATED was named to Adweek's list of the media industry's hottest brands.
Sony Network Entertainment exists to drive vision, strategy and execution for network services across the entire Sony Group, with a goal of offering consumers compelling, connected entertainment experiences across a variety of devices.
"Qriocity™" is a trademark of Sony Corporation
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Posted by Shane Sturgeon, January 5, 2011 9:28 PM
About Shane SturgeonShane Sturgeon is the Co-Publisher and Chief Technologist of HDTV Magazine, an industry publication with HDTV roots going back to 1984, when Dale Cripps founded The HDTV Newsletter. Today, HDTV Magazine is a leading online resource for HDTV news and information and captures the eyes and imaginations of over 3 million visitors annually. Mr. Sturgeon has a background in information technology and has served in various consulting capacities for Fortune 500 companies such as J.P. Morgan Chase, Verizon Communications, Proctor & Gamble and Nationwide Insurance. He has a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science from Wright State University.