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Sony shooting original over-the-top series for PlayStation 4

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Following similar moves from Amazon (Nasdaq: AMZN) and Netflix (Nasdaq: NFLX), Sony said Wednesday that it is developing an original drama series called "Powers," which will be available initially on its PlayStation gaming consoles.

Sony didn't tie its decision to invest in original programming with the tests that the company plans to kick off soon for a virtual, or over-the-top subscription video service. But if Sony launches an Internet-based pay-TV product, original content such as "Powers" could help it differentiate its service from rivals.

"Powers" is based on a graphic novel. Produced by Sony Pictures Television, the show will tell the story of "a detective who investigates crimes involving people with special powers," according to a report in The Wall Street Journal.

Last September, Sony launched an over-the-top Ultra HD movie service called Video Unlimited 4K. The electronics giant also distributes the live feed for its Sony Movie Channel on Redbox Instant, which is owned by Verizon (NYSE: VZ) and Outerwall.

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- The Verge has this story
- FierceOnlineVideo has this coverage

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