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Features Nightly Updates from ABCNEWS.com, Stockgroup, Zap2it.com
Jun 14, 2001 11:31:00 AM
SAN FRANCISCO, Jun 14, 2001 (BUSINESS
WIRE) -- Cancel the newspaper because now you can get news, stock quotes,
sports scores, weather, movie times and other frequently referenced information
directly from Sony's new e Villa(TM) Network Entertainment Center -- without
ever having to boot up.
At an event held here today, Sony
Electronics announced agreements with a number of Internet content
providers to enhance its new e Villa device.
Among the organizations providing
content to the eVilla NetGuide -- an attractive, easy-to-use home page
that helps users access commonly used information with one mouse click
-- are ABCNEWS.com, Stockgroup and Zap2it.com. In addition, RealNetworks(R)
will integrate its RealPlayer(R) 8 into the e Villa unit and EarthLink
will be powering the e Villa device's Internet service.
Sony also announced that the e Villa
device will be available at retail stores nationwide later this month for
a suggested retail price of $500.
The device supports up to four unique
users with only one monthly Internet service charge of $21.95 for unlimited
access. In addition, e Villa users can also access this service from their
'With reduced boot-up time and online
and offline access to e-mail and Web content, the e Villa Network Entertainment
Center offers households with multiple Internet users a complement to the
PC,' said Rob Bartels, general manager for Sony Electronics. 'Our seven-channel
NetGuide is automatically updated nightly, connecting to the network when
the user is asleep, and making the information available at the touch of
a button first thing in the morning.'
The following is a list of the content
and service providers announced today:
EarthLink -- The nation's second
largest Internet service provider (ISP) as ranked by paying subscribers,
EarthLink will power the e Villa device at a monthly charge of $21.95 for
unlimited access for up to four unique users with private e-mail addresses,
bookmarks, cookies and preferences. In addition, e Villa users will be
able to add their PC to this service at no additional monthly cost.
RealNetworks -- e Villa users will
enjoy an integrated RealPlayer(R), the industry-leading streaming media
player, providing the best quality online audio and video experience.
ABCNEWS.com -- One of the fastest
growing news sites on the Internet with editorial and technical resources
from ABC News and The Walt Disney Internet Group, ABCNEWS.com provides
users with up-to-the-minute, informative and interactive coverage of a
range of issues and event. e Villa users will be able to access all kinds
of news at the touch of a button.
-- A financial media and technology company, Stockgroup is providing Sony
Electronics' e Villa users access to market information with delayed stock
quotes, a personalized stock watch list, and a major North American indices
InfoSpace -- A leading, global provider
of device-independent Internet infrastructure services, InfoSpace is powering
a broad range of location-based consumer and commerce services, including
merchant lookup, city guides, driving directions, mapping and more.
Zap2it.com -- A division of Tribune
Media Services (TMS), Zap2it.com is a leading provider of entertainment
information products for print, electronic and on-air media. e Villa users
will have both online and offline access to Zap2it's local TV and movie
listings, entertainment news and movie reviews.
Sony Pictures Entertainment -- e
Villa users will have quick and convenient access to Sony's movie on-line
SpotNet -- A company that makes enhanced
TV content available from any Web-connected device, SpotNet lets consumers
interact with television programming. e Villa users will enjoy an enhanced
TV delivery service with the opportunity to interact with television programming,
as well as a Web-based coupon management system.
eBay -- The world's online marketplace
is now available to e Villa users in one minute or less, compared to the
average PC boot-up time of up to five minutes.
Proflowers.com -- Providing customers
with a fast, easy and reliable way to send the freshest quality cut flowers
at a competitive price from anywhere on the globe to anywhere on the globe,
Proflowers.com services are now available to e Villa users at the touch
of a button.
SonyStyle.com -- e Villa users will
be able to link up to SonyStyle.com for information about all of Sony Electronics'
audio visual and information technology products, or to shop directly online.
EMAZING -- As a Sony Group Company,
EMAZING offers e Villa users free tips and newsletters on popular topics
via email and delivers electronic greeting cards.
Meals.com -- e Villa users will have
quick access to Meals.com's recipe of the day.
The e Villa Network
Entertainment Center is equipped with: -- A Memory Stick(R) media
slot: Uses removable Memory Stick media for a wide capacity of storage.
Memory Stick media allows e Villa device users to share and transfer digital
photos, videos, music, text and other digital files from dozens of different
electronic devices.-- Two USB ports: The device supports external
Iomega(R) Zip(TM) drives for extra storage, and many of the most popular
printers for printing photos, Web pages, e-mails and more. - Audio
output jack: It's easy to connect the e Villa Network Entertainment Center
to external speakers or your home stereo system.
-- Internet connection: The unit has a v.90 (56 kbps max.)
dial-up modem, and for future broadband access, an Ethernet port.
-- Online storage: In addition to Memory Stick and Zip disc storage
options, each e Villa device user receives 10MB of online storage for e-mail.
-- Easy on/easy off: Three buttons on the front of the display
take the user to the Web; to their e-mail in-box; or to the eVilla NetGuide,
a gateway to seven convenient channels of information. -- Offline
access: Enjoy reading e-mail and Web content like movie times, weather,
news and more without tying up your phone line.
-- Crisp, clear portrait-style display:
15 inch (14 inch viewable) portrait-style Sony FD Trinitron(R) display,
800 x 1,024 resolution, the same flat screen technology used in Sony's
Editor's Note: For additional information
about Sony's products, call 888/222-SONY, or visit Sony's Web site at:
www.sony.com. Press releases and digital images are available at Sony Electronics'
news and information Web site at www.sony.com/news.
CONTACT: Sony Electronics Inc.
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