Sony Launches HDTV Video Sharing Service in Japan

Jun 30, 2008
Yukiko Kanoh, Nikkei Electronics
An example of the eyeVio HD Pro service displayed on a TV screen
An example of the eyeVio HD Pro service displayed on a TV screen
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Sony Corp has announced it will begin the "eyeVio HD Pro" service, which enables posting and sharing of HDTV video files on its video sharing portal "eyeVio," from June 30, 2008, in Japan. Sony has run the eyeVio service since April 2007.

In addition to PCs, users can view video clips uploaded to the eyeVio HD Pro on TVs by connecting Sony's "BRX-NT1" network TV box or "PlayStation 3" stationary game console with the TV, the company said.

Posting HDTV video clips becomes available just by applying for an account to use the eyeVio HD Pro service from the Website. Members can upload HDTV video files of up to 500 Mbytes each. Moreover, members that are allowed to post HDTV video files can invite up to five family members and friends to join the eyeVio HD Pro service.

Adobe Systems Inc's "Flash Player 9" is required to view the videos on PCs. The recommended PC specs are Intel Corp's 2GHz "Core 2 Duo" or higher performance microprocessor, 2 Gbytes or larger memory and Microsoft Corp's "Windows XP SP3," Apple Inc's "Mac OS X 10.5" or later. Communications via optical fiber networks are recommended.