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SONY BMG MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT music videos now on MSN Video

 

London 5th February 2008 – The latest music videos, news and information on some of the world’s most popular artists from one of the world’s biggest music companies, SONY BMG MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT, will soon be available on Microsoft Europe’s free, video-on-demand internet channel – MSN Video.

As a result of this agreement, music fans will be able to choose from a wide selection of videos and exclusive videos as well as backstage footage, interviews, artist biographies, tour information and photos from some of the biggest superstars, representing virtually every genre of music, all without ever having to go to a specialist music site or leave their PC.

Videos from SONY BMG’s vast rosters of superstar and emerging artists will add to the existing selection of news, music, movie trailers, celebrity gossip and other entertainment videos on MSN Video.

Geoff Sutton, Executive Producer, MSN Europe, said, “Being able to check out new videos from your favourite artists on MSN Video and then share the links with your mates over Windows Live Messenger is a powerful thing.

“We know that music is a big part of the Messenger audiences’ lives and we have a long history of providing premium music content on MSN including exclusive webcasts such as the Live Earth concerts in summer 2007. Adding premium video content from SONY BMG is a great way for us to offer even more music choice to our viewers.”

Ulrich Jäerkel, Senior Vice President, Digital & Business Development at SONY BMG in Europe commented, “With a substantial audience across Europe, MSN is a great way for our artists to connect with music fans throughout the region. We look forward to working with MSN Europe as we give their viewers the chance to experience great music, and share it with their friends.”

The European deal covers Sony BMG video content for the UK, France, and Germany with the Netherlands Belgium, Spain, Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Italy, Russia and Poland to follow.

MSN Video is currently viewed by more than 6 million European unique users per month. The MSN Video audience grew by 60% in five months from July to November 2007 in established markets (UK, France, Germany, Spain, Italy, and the Netherlands) and nearly 70% taking into account the addition of MSN Video in Sweden and Denmark. Partnering with leading content and entertainment providers such as MTV is part of Microsoft’s strategy to build the MSN audience further and deliver increased and better targeted results for its advertisers.

For more information, please contact:

EMEA PR Team, The Red Consultancy

redOSBEMEA@redconsultancy.com / +44 (0)207 025 6419

Ngaire Moyes, Microsoft Online Services Group EMEA PR

ngairem@microsoft.com/ +44 (0) 7967 235 561

John McKay, SONY BMG MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT

+1 212 833 5520

About MSN Video

MSN Video player provides an extensive array of videos, from breaking news to the latest in entertainment such as movie trailers and celebrity interviews and sports action together with user-generated or created content. The player features a split screen format that allows viewers to search for the next video to watch while concurrently watching a video.

The MSN Video player now offers unique ways for people to share links to their favourite videos – whether this is programmed content such as entertainment, news or sport or user created content, users can provide links to these videos in their Windows Live Hotmail or via their online blog – Windows Live Spaces. For those creating or viewing ‘user generated content’ via soapbox they can embed clips in a Windows Live Messenger conversation so they can share a video and chat with their friends about it at the same time.

Microsoft has also introduced a unique time-based advertising approach to MSN Video, designed to serve ads to consumers at regular intervals. This approach is intended to offer a less intrusive overall ad experience, resulting in a more receptive audience and increased ad effectiveness.

About MSN and Windows Live

MSN attracts more than 465 million unique users worldwide per month. With localised versions available globally in 42 markets including 18 in EMEA. MSN is a world leader in delivering compelling programmed content experiences to consumers and online advertising opportunities to businesses worldwide. Windows Live™, a comprehensive set of personal Internet services and software, is designed to bring together in one place all the relationships, information and interests people care about most, with enhanced safety and security features across their PC, devices and the Web. Windows Live services can be found at http://ideas.live.com. Live Search is available at http://www.live.com.

About Microsoft Corporation

Founded in 1975, Microsoft (Nasdaq “MSFT”) is the worldwide leader in software, services and solutions that help people and businesses realize their full potential.

About SONY BMG MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT

SONY BMG MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT is a global recorded music joint venture with a roster of current artists that includes a broad array of both local artists and international superstars, as well as a vast catalog that comprises some of the most important recordings in history. SONY BMG MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT is 50% owned by Bertelsmann A.G. and 50% owned by Sony Corporation of America.

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. June 19, 2006 — Brightcove, an Internet TV pioneer, announced today that SONY BMG MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT will use Brightcove to deliver broadband video in new video players deployed across its network of artist and label websites, offering consumers on-demand access to music videos, interviews, live performances, and behind the scenes footage from its extensive catalog of videos.
The broadband video initiative, currently named “Musicbox Video,” will show content from across the entire SONY BMG library. The “Musicbox Video” players have been customized with specialized video content for individual label and artist sites. Consumers will be treated to a rich-media Flash experience featuring playlists with top videos and genres, “share with a friend” functionality, and RSS syndication feeds. The players, which are web- based and require no download, will be continuously updated with newest and hottest videos from SONY BMG artists.
SONY BMG plans to use broadband video to generate advertising revenues. Advertisers will have a variety of options for reaching their audiences and achieving their marketing objectives — from video pre-roll to innovative video overlays, sponsorships, and other integrated packages. Brightcove will sell and deliver these advertisements. Leading brands DreamWorks Animation SKG and HP will be among the first advertisers to have their marketing delivered in the new video player, promoting the release of a new animated film, “Over the Hedge.” 

Fans will be able to watch high-quality, free-to-user, streaming videos on demand, and easily add video to their blogs, websites, and profile pages using the player sharing services provided by Brightcove. In addition, website publishers and other marketing partners can syndicate players to their sites to engage their consumers with video entertainment

SONY BMG’s main musicbox player is available today at http://www.sonybmg.com/musicbox/video . This page also features links more than 40 individualized players, including those for the company’s labels and artist sites.

About Brightcove

Brightcove is an open Internet TV service that empowers video producers and programmers to build broadband businesses while giving viewers more choices and control over their use of video and television. Founded by Internet pioneer Jeremy Allaire in 2004 and based in Cambridge, Massachusetts, Brightcove is a private company led by a management team that includes senior executives from Allaire, Macromedia, ATG, Comcast, Lycos, News Corp., MediaVest, and Discovery Networks.

About SONY BMG MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT

SONY BMG MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT is a global recorded music joint venture with a roster of current artists that includes a broad array of both local artists and international superstars, as well as a vast catalog that comprises some of the most important recordings in history. SONY BMG MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT is 50% owned by Bertelsmann A.G. and 50% owned by Sony Corporation of America.

CONTACT: Lesley Gold, +1-415-505-6025, or lesley@sutherlandgold.com , for
Brightcove; or John McKay of SONY BMG, +1-212-833-5520, or
john.mckay@sonybmg.com

 

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