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Sony and Sprint Deliver First Integrated EV-DO Revision A Mobile Broadband-Capab

SAN DIEGO, Sept. 26 /PRNewswire/ – Sony Electronics will soon be offering the first ultra-portable computers to include integrated broadband-capable wide area network technology, from Sprint for ultra-fast Internet access.

Road warriors with the new VAIO VGN-TXN10 Series notebooks can connect to the Sprint Power Vision(SM) Network for wireless, broadband-speed for downloading e-mail and accessing the Internet and large data files. Later this year, Sprint expects to upgrade its network in select markets with EV-DO Revision A (Rev. A) technology so customers will experience broadband upload speeds as well where and when the Rev. A network is deployed.

"Clearly, we are again ahead of the pack in integrating a unique combination of hardware, software and Sprint’s Mobile Broadband Service into our PCs for an unparalleled mobile computing experience," said Mike Abary, vice president of VAIO product marketing for Sony Electronics in the United States.

"This VAIO PC is a model example of notebook technology and is another way Sprint is extending the power of our mobile broadband service to customers," said Kathy Walker, chief network officer at Sprint. "Sprint has the nation’s largest mobile broadband network and has partnered with a premier computer manufacturer, Sony, to enable mobile professionals to do more in more places."

The TX notebooks make it easy to connect by incorporating Sony’s SmartWi™ technology seamlessly integrating wireless WAN, 802.11 b/g, wireless LAN and Bluetooth® technologies. You can easily toggle among your wireless options for the most efficient connection — LAN for home and office; Bluetooth for peripherals; and wireless WAN for access to Sprint Mobile Broadband Service when traveling outside the reach of hotspots.

Convenient Mobile Computing

Sprint wireless broadband network covers more than 157 million people in 216 major metropolitan areas, as well as 486 airports across the nation. Sprint plans to roll out its upgraded technology (EV-DO Revision A) in the months ahead and reach more than 40 million persons in select markets by year end.

In 2007, Sprint will continue its aggressive rollout of faster EV-DO Revision A technology. With this advanced technology, VAIO TX notebook users should expect to benefit from average download speeds of 450 to 800 kbps and upload speeds of 300 to 400 kbps in the markets where EV-DO Revision A network improvements will be rolled out.

Built for the Road, Designed to Turn Heads

With an elegant carbon fiber chassis, the VAIO TX notebooks weigh just 2.8-pounds and at less than one-inch thin (at its narrowest point). Its razor-thin profile makes it easy to carry virtually unnoticed, wherever you go.

The featherweight notebooks pack a powerful punch with a state-of-the-art, ultra-low voltage Intel® Core™ Solo processor for increased computing power and standard battery life of between five to 11 hours (may vary). The notebooks are Windows Vista™ capable and Windows Vista Premium ready.

In addition to being a powerful workhorse, the new TX units are also equipped with a fingerprint sensor for added peace-of-mind security and G-Sensor shock hard-drive protection to reduce the risk of hard drive damage from accidental falls or run-ins.

The new notebooks employ a vibrant XBRITE ™ 11.1-inch widescreen display (measured diagonally), DVD+R double layer/DVD+/-RW drive and Sony’s Instant Mode, so you can watch movies or listen to music without having to boot up the machine.

Sony VAIO VGN-TX N10 Series notebooks, with mobile broadband capability, will be available in late September, starting at about $2,300 in charcoal, platinum, sienna and slate blue, and can be purchased at select retailers and dealers nationwide, online at www.sony.com/pr/tx or at SonyStyle® stores in select fashion malls around the country.

SPRI Gross Receipts Top $1 Billion

CULVER CITY, Calif., Aug. 24 /CNW/ — Sony Pictures Releasing International crossed the $1 billion mark in overseas box office receipts in record time for the company, it was announced today by Jeff Blake, Chairman of Worldwide Marketing and Distribution for the Columbia TriStar Motion Picture Group.

SPRI hit the billion dollar mark today. The previous record for the studio was September 8, 2002, the year the studio grossed its record high overseas take of $1.305 billion. It marks the sixth time overall and the fifth time in the past seven years that SPRI has amassed more than $1 billion in ticket sales from international territories.

In 2006 to date, films from Sony Pictures Entertainment have generated approximately $2.1 billion in worldwide ticket sales. While the studio reached a company record of $2.878 billion worldwide in 2002, with strong upcoming titles including the 21st James Bond adventure Casino Royale, Will Smith’s The Pursuit of Happyness, Gridiron Gang starring Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, Monster House, Click, Sony Pictures Animation’s first feature Open Season, Sofia Coppola’s Marie Antoinette, and the Will Ferrell comedy Stranger than Fiction, Sony Pictures expects 2006 to be one of the best years in its history on both a domestic and overseas basis.

"This is a marvelous achievement for any studio. Our filmmakers really delivered the goods and were committed to making the extra effort to promote their titles overseas, which is critical in this ultra competitive environment," said Paul Smith, President of Worldwide Theatrical Operations for the Columbia TriStar Motion Picture Group. "We have one of the most gifted and creative international distribution and marketing teams in the business and their hard work helped us hit the magic $1 billion mark in record time."

"We’re proud of our people all around the world who formulate and execute release strategies with precision, consistency and great creative energy," said Mark Zucker, President of Distribution for SPRI. "It’s been an excellent year so far, and considering the strength of our upcoming releases, I expect 2006 will end as SPRI’s best year ever."

Contributing to the record pace overseas was Columbia Pictures’ The Da Vinci Code, which was released in May and set a record for the biggest international debut of $154.7 million. The Da Vinci Code opened #1 in each of the 90 territories where the film debuted and has generated more than $535 million to date overseas. The hit mystery thriller is SPRI’s highest-grossing film of all time and it became the 10th biggest film ever released internationally on July 23.

Also contributing to the 2006 total overseas were such films as Fun with Dick and Jane and Memoirs of a Geisha.

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