Sony Network Entertainment Marketing Manager Christopher Lastrapes is here with the first batch of new PlayStation Video Store and Music Unlimited updates for 2012 today, as follows:

An all-star casts leads the medical thriller Contagion breaking out this week in New Releases.

A virus pandemic threatens a high level of the human population as members of the medical community around the world race to find a workable cure. Matt Damon (The Adjustment Bureau), Marion Cotillard (Midnight in Paris), Laurence Fishburne (Predators), Jude Law (Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows), Gwyneth Paltrow (The Avengers), and Kate Winslet (Mildred Pierce) star in this film by acclaimed director Steven Soderbergh (The Informant!).

Co-written by Guillermo del Toro, Don't Be Afraid of the Dark hits Movies this week with spine-tingling action. Set in the 1800s, mysterious creatures haunt the basement of a quiet girl in Rhode Island. Directed by comic book artist Troy Nixey, the film stars Guy Pearce (Mildred Pierce), Katie Holmes (Jack & Jill) and Bailee Madison (Just Go With It).

The award-winning miniseries starring Kate Winslet in the title role of Mildred Pierce hits TV Shows this week from HBO. Guy Pearce (Don't Be Afraid of the Dark), Evan Rachel Wood (True Blood) and Melissa Leo (Red State) co-star in this Depression-area drama and murder mystery.

Our New Year's Sale continues to celebrate 2012 in Collections & Sales. Find phenomenal films like The Hangover Part II, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 and Cowboys & Aliens at great low prices through January 9th.

Show the world you just don't care with the crazy Honey Badger Theme, now available in the game section of the PlayStation Store.

Here's what can help kick start your 2012...

Just In TV

US Store: Mildred Pierce, The Fades: Season 1, and more!
Canada Store: Mildred Pierce, Intervention: Season 11, The Biggest Loser: Season 13, Work It: Season 1, Princess Resurrection: Season 1, and more!

New Release Movies

US Store: Contagion, Don't Be Afraid of the Dark, Shark Night, I Don't Know How She Does It, Life, Above All, Refuge, Puncture, Removal, The Guard, King of Chinatown, Mamachas Del Ring, and many more.
Canada Store: Contagion, Don't Be Afraid of the Dark, Shark Night, I Don't Know How She Does It, Life, Above All, Don't Let Him In, Refuge, The Guard, King of Chinatown, and many more.

Top US Movie Purchases

Final Destination 5
Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes
Apollo 18
Colombiana (Unrated)
The Hangover Part II
Kung Fu Panda 2
Cowboys & Aliens (Extended Version)

Top US TV Shows Purchases

The Walking Dead | Season 2 - What Lies Ahead
Sons of Anarchy | Season 4 - Out
The Walking Dead | Season 2 - Pretty Much Dead Already
The Walking Dead | Season 2 - Save The Last One
The Walking Dead | Season 2 - Cherokee Rose
The Walking Dead | Season 2 - Secrets
The Walking Dead | Season 2 - Bloodletting
The Walking Dead | Season 2 - Chupacabra
Sons of Anarchy | Season 4 - Booster
Mike Judge's Beavis and Butt-Head | Season Vol. 4 - Whorehouse/ Going Down

Top Video Themes

South Park Dynamic Theme
SpongeBob SquarePants Dynamic Theme
The Dark Knight: Joker Theme
Family Guy Theme
Jackass 3.5 Dynamic Theme
Honey Badger Theme
Fast Five Dynamic Theme
Sports Illustrated Swimsuits 2011 Dynamic Theme
Halloween Dynamic Theme
The Dark Knight: Batman Theme


Happy New Year! The Music Unlimited service is extending our 60 Days Free PREMIUM Trial offer to new Premium Service subscribers on PlayStation 3!

The Music Unlimited PREMIUM plan includes all this and more:

Unlimited access to a catalog of millions songs featuring classic favorites and the latest hits.

Personalized Channels categorized by Genre, Era, Mood or your favorite artist. No ads and unlimited skips.

A cloud library of your favorite songs, playlists and channels accessible from a range of home, mobile and gaming devices.

Act fast - offer ends 1/31/12! Download your free 60 day PREMIUM trial now by visiting the PlayStation Store on your PS3 system and clicking the Media & Apps button.

Learn more here:

Have you recovered from your holiday candy coma yet? Check out some of the great albums and songs you may have missed while dashing through the snow:

Skrillex - "Bangarang"
Ben Folds - "Vault Vol. I, II & 3"
Nicki Minaj - "Stupid Hoe (single)"
Taylor Swift - "Safe & Sound (ft. The Civil Wars) (single)"
Shinedown - "Bully(single)"
Jason Mraz - "I Won't Give Up (Acoustic) (single)"
Our Lady Peace - "Heavyweight (single)"
B.o.B - "Play The Guitar (feat. Andre 3000) (single)"
3OH!3 - "Set You Free (single)"
Nelly - "The Champ (single)"
Goldfrapp - "Melancholy Sky (single)"
The Low Anthem - "Smart Flesh (extras)"
Flo Rida - "Wild Ones (feat. Sia) (single)"
Cobra Starship - "Middle Finger (feat. Mac Miller) (single)"
Various Artists - "Pan AM: Music From and Inspired By the Original Series"

New Web Client Features!

The Music Unlimited service web client has some new and improved features! Log on to your cloud account at to start using them!

• Share your favorite music with your friends on Facebook and "Like" any artist, album or song
• Search bar now populates artist, album and song results as you type
• Automatically start a "My Channels" artist station from the artist page.
• "Shuffle All" functionality as you listen to artists, albums, songs and your library

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