Sony Electronics Details its Anycast Vision and Announces Concadia Solutions Venture With Accenture

Apr 22, 2001, 01:00 ET from Sony Electronics Inc.

    LAS VEGAS, April 22 /PRNewswire Interactive News Release/ --
 (NAB Booth #L11600) -- At the National Association of Broadcasters'
 Convention, Sony Electronics' Broadcast and Professional Company today
 detailed its Anycast(TM) broadband vision and announced a new joint venture
 with one of the world's foremost business consultancies, Accenture.  Sony's
 press conference this afternoon also featured a surprise guest appearance by
 legendary filmmaker George Lucas, who is shooting "Star Wars: Episode II"
 using Sony's high definition 24P CineAlta(TM) camcorders and VTRs.
     (Photo:  NewsCom: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/19990804/SNYLOGO )
 
     "Our Anycast theme reflects Sony's diverse product offerings and solutions
 to help content creators extend their business models to encompass
 narrowcasting, webcasting and datacasting," said Edward Grebow, deputy
 president of Sony Electronics and president of its Broadcast and Professional
 Company.  "The Anycast concept reflects how producers and distributors are
 seeking to deliver content over a variety of distribution channels -- from
 televisions and PCs to handheld devices -- to anybody, anywhere, at anytime."
     A key component of Sony's Anycast vision is asset management.  According
 to Grebow, the joint venture with Accenture, called Concadia Solutions, will
 offer complete digital asset management solutions for media-rich
 organizations.  Concadia Solutions combines Sony's expertise in broadcast
 systems and video technologies with Accenture's leading workflow reengineering
 management capabilities.
     Grebow said that Concadia Solutions, which will be based in San Jose,
 Calif., has been created to enable organizations with rich digital media --
 video, music, photos and images -- to create, manage, archive and repurpose
 assets over a variety of channels, from television to the web.
     At today's press conference, Sony also announced that Belo Corporation and
 Sony intend to create a state-of-the-art digital news production and content
 management system for Belo's broadcast and print properties.  In the
 multi-year project, Belo will install up to 18 additional Sony NewsBase(TM)
 video news server systems at its four broadcast facilities to join its initial
 server installation at TXCN, which provides 24-hour-a-day news for Texas cable
 outlets.  In addition, Sony and Belo Interactive intend to join forces to
 develop an industry-leading digital content management system that will share
 news content through all of Belo's media properties.
     Sony also announced that Time Warner Cable has selected its DVCAM digital
 video format for electronic newsgathering at its news bureaus now under
 construction nationwide.  The DVCAM format will also ultimately replace
 existing hardware at Time Warner's currently operating news bureaus.  Time
 Warner has additionally purchased Sony monitors, production switchers and
 routing switchers.
     Other new Sony products announced today help content creators and
 distributors realize their Anycast potential include:
     * The new XPRI(TM) nonlinear video editing system, which scales from
       standard definition (SD) to high definition (HD) in 60i or 24P
       technology and works with either baseband or MPEG compressed signals;
     * The MVS-8000, a new multi-format production switcher, which can handle
       HD and SD signals simultaneously;
     * A new multi-format MSV-2000 stream bridge that enables customers to
       extend their MPEG infrastructure beyond the studio;
     * The ISARA(TM) master control switcher that allows a single operator to
       control up to 25 simultaneous broadcast channels; and
     * HDW-750/730 second-generation HDCAM(R) 60i equipment for DTV production.
 
     Lucas discussed his work with Sony's HDCAM 24P CineAlta technology.  "It's
 as profound a change as going from silent to talkies and going from black and
 white to color," said Lucas in the presentation.  "I've always been pushing
 the envelope of the medium, because I want to get the best possible image in
 the best possible way in telling my stories.  I've always found myself bumping
 up against this celluloid ceiling of technology that says 'You can't go here;
 you can't go there; you can't do that.'"
     Sony's 24P CineAlta technology has gained large-scale acceptance in the
 production of television shows, commercials, TV documentaries and live events,
 including the acclaimed dramatic series "100 Centre Street," and the U.S.
 Army's "Go Army" commercials.  In addition "Bruce Springsteen and the E Street
 Band's recent 'Live from New York City'" HBO special was acquired in Sony's
 HDCAM 1080/60i format.
 
     Sony Electronics' Broadcast and Professional Company (BPC) provides
 advanced products and systems for a variety of professional and broadcast
 markets, including production, corporate, industrial, government, security,
 medical and education.  Sony offers a variety of digital products and systems
 designed to facilitate the transition to digital technologies and the emerging
 broadband network era.  Sony products, systems and services include those for
 broadcast acquisition, production, storage, data management, system
 integration, digital imaging, digital printing, large and small venue display,
 and projection needs.  Sony Electronics recorded annual sales approaching
 $14 billion in the fiscal year that ended March 31, 2001.
 
     Note:  For press releases and digital images, please visit
 www.sony.com/news and www.sony.com/professional for customer product
 information.  More information regarding the nearest Sony authorized dealer or
 service location is available by calling 1-800-686-SONY.
 
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    LAS VEGAS, April 22 /PRNewswire Interactive News Release/ --
 (NAB Booth #L11600) -- At the National Association of Broadcasters'
 Convention, Sony Electronics' Broadcast and Professional Company today
 detailed its Anycast(TM) broadband vision and announced a new joint venture
 with one of the world's foremost business consultancies, Accenture.  Sony's
 press conference this afternoon also featured a surprise guest appearance by
 legendary filmmaker George Lucas, who is shooting "Star Wars: Episode II"
 using Sony's high definition 24P CineAlta(TM) camcorders and VTRs.
     (Photo:  NewsCom: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/19990804/SNYLOGO )
 
     "Our Anycast theme reflects Sony's diverse product offerings and solutions
 to help content creators extend their business models to encompass
 narrowcasting, webcasting and datacasting," said Edward Grebow, deputy
 president of Sony Electronics and president of its Broadcast and Professional
 Company.  "The Anycast concept reflects how producers and distributors are
 seeking to deliver content over a variety of distribution channels -- from
 televisions and PCs to handheld devices -- to anybody, anywhere, at anytime."
     A key component of Sony's Anycast vision is asset management.  According
 to Grebow, the joint venture with Accenture, called Concadia Solutions, will
 offer complete digital asset management solutions for media-rich
 organizations.  Concadia Solutions combines Sony's expertise in broadcast
 systems and video technologies with Accenture's leading workflow reengineering
 management capabilities.
     Grebow said that Concadia Solutions, which will be based in San Jose,
 Calif., has been created to enable organizations with rich digital media --
 video, music, photos and images -- to create, manage, archive and repurpose
 assets over a variety of channels, from television to the web.
     At today's press conference, Sony also announced that Belo Corporation and
 Sony intend to create a state-of-the-art digital news production and content
 management system for Belo's broadcast and print properties.  In the
 multi-year project, Belo will install up to 18 additional Sony NewsBase(TM)
 video news server systems at its four broadcast facilities to join its initial
 server installation at TXCN, which provides 24-hour-a-day news for Texas cable
 outlets.  In addition, Sony and Belo Interactive intend to join forces to
 develop an industry-leading digital content management system that will share
 news content through all of Belo's media properties.
     Sony also announced that Time Warner Cable has selected its DVCAM digital
 video format for electronic newsgathering at its news bureaus now under
 construction nationwide.  The DVCAM format will also ultimately replace
 existing hardware at Time Warner's currently operating news bureaus.  Time
 Warner has additionally purchased Sony monitors, production switchers and
 routing switchers.
     Other new Sony products announced today help content creators and
 distributors realize their Anycast potential include:
     * The new XPRI(TM) nonlinear video editing system, which scales from
       standard definition (SD) to high definition (HD) in 60i or 24P
       technology and works with either baseband or MPEG compressed signals;
     * The MVS-8000, a new multi-format production switcher, which can handle
       HD and SD signals simultaneously;
     * A new multi-format MSV-2000 stream bridge that enables customers to
       extend their MPEG infrastructure beyond the studio;
     * The ISARA(TM) master control switcher that allows a single operator to
       control up to 25 simultaneous broadcast channels; and
     * HDW-750/730 second-generation HDCAM(R) 60i equipment for DTV production.
 
     Lucas discussed his work with Sony's HDCAM 24P CineAlta technology.  "It's
 as profound a change as going from silent to talkies and going from black and
 white to color," said Lucas in the presentation.  "I've always been pushing
 the envelope of the medium, because I want to get the best possible image in
 the best possible way in telling my stories.  I've always found myself bumping
 up against this celluloid ceiling of technology that says 'You can't go here;
 you can't go there; you can't do that.'"
     Sony's 24P CineAlta technology has gained large-scale acceptance in the
 production of television shows, commercials, TV documentaries and live events,
 including the acclaimed dramatic series "100 Centre Street," and the U.S.
 Army's "Go Army" commercials.  In addition "Bruce Springsteen and the E Street
 Band's recent 'Live from New York City'" HBO special was acquired in Sony's
 HDCAM 1080/60i format.
 
     Sony Electronics' Broadcast and Professional Company (BPC) provides
 advanced products and systems for a variety of professional and broadcast
 markets, including production, corporate, industrial, government, security,
 medical and education.  Sony offers a variety of digital products and systems
 designed to facilitate the transition to digital technologies and the emerging
 broadband network era.  Sony products, systems and services include those for
 broadcast acquisition, production, storage, data management, system
 integration, digital imaging, digital printing, large and small venue display,
 and projection needs.  Sony Electronics recorded annual sales approaching
 $14 billion in the fiscal year that ended March 31, 2001.
 
     Note:  For press releases and digital images, please visit
 www.sony.com/news and www.sony.com/professional for customer product
 information.  More information regarding the nearest Sony authorized dealer or
 service location is available by calling 1-800-686-SONY.
 
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