VidZone is the largest online music video VOD service in the world, operated by London-based company VidZone Digital Media and Sony Computer Entertainment. The online service provides free streaming of music videos from the VidZone.tv website, in addition to music distribution through a number of mobile networks worldwide. The VidZone catalogue encompasses over 1.5 million tracks, 25,000 music videos and 15,000 realtones, including full access to catalogues from Sony Music and EMI.
VidZone’s service was extended to the PlayStation 3 video game system in some PAL territories (UK, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Australia and Ireland) on June 11, 2009, allowing users to watch music videos on their PS3 or streamed to their PSP via Remote Play. The service was expanded by 11 countries: Belgium, The Netherlands, Sweden, Denmark, Finland, Norway, Luxembourg, Austria, Switzerland, Portugal and New Zealand, during November and December of 2009. There are over 13,000 videos currently on the PlayStation 3 service, with more being added every week. The majority of videos are from artists signed to both Sony Music and the Universal Music Group.
Just over 8 weeks after launch the VidZone application reached one million in download figures and 100 million video streams whilst playing host to numerous video exclusives including:
- U2 - I'll Go Crazy If I Don't Go Crazy Tonight
- The Prodigy - Take Me To The Hospital
- Placebo - The Never Ending Why, Ashtray Heart
- Editors - Papillon
- Groove Armada - I Won't Kneel
- The Dead Weather - I Cut Like a Buffalo
On the 12th October 2009, VidZone announced that 1.5 million people have used the service.. On 31st December 2009 it was announced that VidZone had become the biggest dedicated music video streaming application in the world having been downloaded 2 million times, and streamed 200 million videos. The service now has over 16,000 videos to view.
|Developer||Rants Ltd., SCE|
|Launched||UK/AU/FR/DE/IT/ES/IE June 11, 2009NL/PT/AT November 26, 2009 SE/DK/NO/FI December 3, 2009 BE/LU/CH/NZ December 10, 2009|
|Platform||PlayStation 3, PlayStation Portable (through Remote Play)|
|Website||VidZone Official Website|
The current version of VidZone is 1.05, updates to the VidZone application have made loading times much faster than in the original 1.00 release, and fixed many of the issues with crashing-on-exit that once plagued the official forums in the form of angry users.