PS3 music video service VidZone will receive a major update today with the launch of 100 music TV channels.
Ben Creasey, head of VidZone production, said that the rolling, pre-programmed music channels will fall under five categories – Artist, Genre, Year, Label and General.
The original VidZone service – a free, ad-supported music-on-demand application – launched in July 2009 with 10,000 music videos. It will be re-named VidZone On Demand and run alongside VidZone TV.
Other new VidZone features include a fresh main menu carousel, improved search functionality and the ability to shop for selected PlayStation Store items without exiting the application.
Creasey also said VidZone has just hit three million users, and that 350 million videos have been streamed by PS3 owners.
Available in 18 Sony Computer Entertainment Europe territories, the VidZone application is downloadable from the PlayStation Store, after which it appears under the music icon on the PS3’s XMB interface.
VidZone Digital Media’s Louisa Jackson said: “VidZone visually brings the world’s music to your living room and is a definitive example of how IPTV should work.
“With high production content delivered to the biggest screen in your house, VidZone offers new and unlimited linear music channels and choice with all the benefits of interactivity. From tested favourites to taking a chance on something new, VidZone now has everything from Chart TV, world exclusives, premieres of music videos to artist interviews, behind the scenes and music sessions, all of which is free to the consumer.”