SonyLIV

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SonyLIV
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Type of businessSubsidiary
Type of site
OTT platform
Available in
Headquarters
Country of originIndia
Area servedIndo-Pacific and Middle East
OwnerSony
Industry
Products
Services
  • Film production
  • film distribution
  • television production
ParentSony Pictures Networks India
URLsonyliv.com
RegistrationRequired[a]
UsersIncrease 23 million (paid)[1]
98 million monthly active users[1]
Launched22 January 2013; 8 years ago (2013-01-22)
Current statusActive

SonyLIV is an Indian over-the-top Freemium streaming platform owned by Sony Pictures Networks India . SonyLIV was introduced in 2013[2] as a first OTT service in India .[3] as a streaming service it is carrying content from its local networks, including films, television series, live Sports Matches, and Original Programming, and also featuring content licensed from third-parties in India such as Lionsgate and ITV among others. Since 2020, SonyLIV has taken more of an active role as producer and distributor for both film and television series, and to that end, offers a variety of original programming content through its online library.

History[edit]

Sony LIV was launched on 23 January 2013,[4] By the Sony Pictures Networks India .

Sony LIV has access to 18 years of content from channels that are part of the Sony Pictures Networks India and more than 700 movies that mean a total of 40,000+ hours of television show coverage in Hindi and English.[5] Since Its launch SonyLIV Streamed Live Sports events

Anime was part of SonyLIV . Varieties of Anime original from Animax Was available on SonyLIV to stream . After shutting down a linear TV channel on 18 April 2017, Animax.[6] was made available exclusively as a digital streaming channel in India from 7 July 2017 to May 2020.[7]

On June 2020, SonyLIV launched as a streaming service in United States on Sling TV, with all the shows available in India available on the app[8][9]

LIV Sports[edit]

LIV Sports was launched On 1st June 2014 By Sony Pictures Networks India[10] (a new sports streaming service exclusively for sports properties) Liv Sports was the official mobile and Internet broadcaster for the 2014 FIFA World Cup Started On 12 June 2014. Liv Sports aired both live and video-on-demand match content with statistics and analysis.[11] However This service integrated into SonyLIV . as for now, LIV sports is part of SonyLIV.

Sony LIV First revamp (2016)[edit]

SonyLIV logo from 2016 to 2020

In June 2016 Sony LIV underwent a revamp for the first time. and started to stream LIVE Television channels sony network. since this revamp SonyLIV added so many shows and movies to the portfolio. on November 1st of 2018 SonyLIV and Lionsgate has entered into a multi-year content[12] deal . As part of the deal, SonyLIV will offer an embedded Lionsgate Play with over 500 hours of premium original series. In 2019 Sony LIV started to stream LIVE channels of other networks which is including news channels.

Sony LIV Second revamp (2020)[edit]

In June 2020 Sony LIV underwent a revamp for the third time, and this time they start to Streaming content from Sony Pictures Entertainment (Movies), Sony Television Studios, ItV and Reliance Pictures. Also, SonyLIV Started to stream Its own original Movies and series. On 15 January 2021 WWE Network[13] Launched in india through SonyLIV.

Overview[edit]

Sony Liv is the first Indian Over-the-top media service platform to produce music content for a Hollywood feature film - producing music for the Hindi version of the blockbuster titled Passengers, starring Chris Pratt and Jennifer Lawrence. The singers for the original soundtrack titled Aadat included Jubin Nautiyal, Shirley Setia, and Raftaar.

Programming[edit]

SonyLiv's Core Library consists of 18 years of content from the Sony Pictures Networks India's channels including Sony TV, Sony SAB Sony Aath and Sony Marathi. After Sony Pictures Networks India's acquisition of Ten Sports Network, all TEN Sports live programs also began broadcasting on SonyLIV . Since then SonyLIV Streaming all WWE RAW, Smackdown and other WWE pay-per-view events And UFC . SonyLIV also streamed matches played by Pakistan,[14] Australia, Sri Lanka, South Africa, West Indies and Zimbabwe and Grand Prix motorcycle racing . Sony LIV Also streamed NBA until early 2021.

Genres[edit]

Sony Liv features programming in the following key genres: comedy, crime, drama, horror, and action.[15]

Live channels[edit]

SonyLIV also live streams its own channels in its network on the platform.[16]

Early Originals (before 2020)[edit]

Sony Liv Streamed its first-ever Gujarati Original web series titled Kacho Papad Pako Papad[17]

  • Kacho Papad Pako Papad

Sony LIV 3.0 (2020 - Present)[edit]

The application underwent a revamp in its appearance in June 2020.[18] SonyLIV Provides their original shows in 5-7 languages. (Without Hindi, SonyLIV releases originals in the other languages after 1–2 weeks from the release date.)

LIV Originals (June 2020 - Present)[edit]

Original Movies[edit]

Original Series[edit]

Upcoming Series[edit]

Availability[edit]

Sony Liv is available in India, UAE, Qatar, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Oman, Bahrain, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Maldives, Bhutan, Afghanistan, Malaysia, Singapore, Hong Kong, Philippines, Indonesia, and Thailand

Viewership[edit]

Sony Liv has reached about 25 million views on a monthly basis on its website, app and YouTube channel.[30]

Platforms[edit]

Hardware supported[edit]

List of Sony Liv-ready devices:

Software supported[edit]

Supported web browsers by platform:

Windows 8.1 through a web browser.

Other software options[edit]

SonyLiv security flaw[edit]

On 20 December 2019, Bengaluru-based security researcher Ehraz Ahmed discovered a security flaw in the SonyLiv App that allowed to fetch sensitive user information such as profile picture, email address, date of birth, name, and phone number of its registered users.[31]

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Optional in India, but monthly subscription is required to access additional content.

References[edit]

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