Sony prepping cable TV rival - Report

PlayStation maker reported to be in talks with media companies to offer streaming television channel package to TVs and consoles.

Sony and Microsoft have been offering downloadable movies and TV shows on their respective consoles services for years, but the current pay-per-download model may be changing if a recent report is to be believed.

Sony could be looking to cut the cable. Specifically, yours.

The Wall Street Journal reports that Sony has approached several big media companies in an effort to secure TV channels for a planned Web-delivered content service. The list of content providers purported to be in the mix include Comcast's NBC Universal, Discovery Communications Inc., and News Corp.

Rather than offer a full lineup of channels like traditional cable providers, the report suggests that Sony is looking to provide a more curated group of channels that can be delivered at a lower package price than traditional offerings. However, the report indicates that individual content providers may be wary of engaging in such a platform out of apprehension about potentially damaging in-place relationships with big cable and satellite providers.

These reports come at a time when Microsoft is expanding live TV service through cable providers for the Xbox 360. Sony CEO Howard Stringer has also recently made comments about the TV space, saying the company has a "tremendous amount of research and development going into a different kind of TV set."

Sony had nothing to publicly say in regards to the purported service, with a company spokesperson telling the Wall Street Journal, "As such with these kinds of speculations, we won't be commenting on rumors."

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GTA-Like_Fan
GTA-Like_Fan

Could be nice but I hope it wont take years before we get it in Canada like the movie thing

KaizerJinn
KaizerJinn

this seems like a intriguing idea...it wouldn't us consumers would it? :S either you sign-up for it or you don't. *shrugs*

TheArcade
TheArcade

Sony tries to do too damn much.

Sigil-otaku
Sigil-otaku

Hey looks PS3 news....Where's the games? Seriously stick to the odd feature (like movie streaming / downloading since that is a decent feature) but we don't need every half baked service under the sun in our consoles to drive us away from playing our actual games.

BH14
BH14

This is a very good idea. I still don't think I would get rid of my verizon triple play fios though. What Sony PSN should be doing right now is to get "Amazon VOD".

atopp399
atopp399

Good luck competing with cable/satellite. It will either be prohibitively expensive or will be severely lacking in content. People have wanted a la carte programming that you pay for only the channels you want for years but it will never happen in the United States. Cable companies have too much money to throw at rich politicians for changes like this, that would benefit the people, to take place.

deathknightleo
deathknightleo

sounds good... u still have to pay for some kind of internet to even get this tv so cable companys phone service still get your money also... i will still keep my dish regardless... this might be good for others though go sony

BlueFlameBat
BlueFlameBat

It's not enough to run movies, theaters, video games, computers, record labels, and practically every household electronic that has anything to do with sound. Sony wants its own expanded TV service.

Komania
Komania

This is terrible! It's stuff like this which drive up internet costs and data limits (I'm in Canada). Ugh... that's when you get when the internet providers are also TV/phone providers >.>

godzillavskong
godzillavskong

@SolidTy Hope so. I originally purchased the NFL ticket on my PS3, thinking it was only 89.00 for 4 months. That I could deal with, but when I found the hard way, after my month was up, and I no longer had access to the NFL ticket, then I realized it was per month. OUch. I could afford it, but not really knowing if it was worth it. There are multiple web sites out there where you can stream the games, I just aint the biggest fan of sitting in front of a cpu monitor. I know I can hook my cpu up to my 55in LED, I just don't wanna go through the hassle of taking it off the wall, etc..

godzillavskong
godzillavskong

@SolidTy Yeah, if it wasn't for sports, like NFL, and college basketball, I may just let my cable service go, but since the 360, and PS3 don't offer that service I'll have to keep it. I think the 360 has the ESPN offer, but Time Warner in my area isn't a ESPN go affiliate, so I really can't use the service. Now the PS3's NFL ticket is awesome, just a bit pricey @ 89 a month! I love my Niners, but it's hard paying that kind of cash monthly.

godzillavskong
godzillavskong

@killlo That would be nice. I think they did some Sony model tvs with PS2's built into them a while back. It would be a nice marketing move, seeing as how a lot of PC's are all-in-ones now, with everything being built behind the monitor. I guess the downfall of that is if your PS3 breaks down, well then you have to send your whole tv off. Now you have nothing to watch.:(

MJ12-Conspiracy
MJ12-Conspiracy

I'll stick with Netflix thanks...... They may be limited in some of the stuff they have but they still offer a lot. 2 shows I would love to see added to Netflix are The Justice League and Batman TAS, both were awesome shows.

hippiesanta
hippiesanta

so far assasin's creed animation pay for download

Vodoo
Vodoo

They will never be able to offer anything decent. You keep reading in the news about cable/satellite providers in negotiation wars with the networks (content providers) because the networks want more money. Sony isn't gonna be able to offer any good programming without paying out the azz for it. The tv industry is filled with greedy grease-balls who ruin the experience for everybody.

FriendBear
FriendBear

Animax ~ I'd so pay to get that channel :3

soulless4now
soulless4now

Meh, I can watch lots of tv shows on the internet so I still prefer the free method.

grand17
grand17

my cable bills goes up every month. im paying about 120$ a month for tv/internet and i dont even have the channels i want. bring it sony, cable needs to get more competitive

Teammoney
Teammoney

@luciferbelmot I understand that Sony isn't the only ones getting hacked. But that's not the point..the point I'm making across is that Sony has their PSN Network and if it goes down due to security breach, everyone (at least over 100 million PSN subscribers) is screwed...no online play, no streaming TV or movies, etc. I'm not talking about other companies..that's irrelevant. They are not doing live TV services. Hopefully, companies are making sure that those issues don't happen to them. If not, they're ignorant.

MrBlobz
MrBlobz

I like this Idea, seriously I only want like three channels, so cable has never been worth it to me.

luciferbelmont
luciferbelmont

@Teammoney sony isn't the only one who got hacked this year, no ones safe.

cajunstrike
cajunstrike

Agreed. If the price point is amicable, consumers will likely embrace a la carte channel lineups. However, cable companies that have vested network content interests, such as Time Warner and Comcast, will likely take issue.

killlo
killlo

I bet they are making TV's with ps3's built into them

godzillavskong
godzillavskong

Interesting, although I game more on my xbox or ps3, so I'd actually rather keep it the way it is. Now if they do something with a competitive price, then I'm all ears.

Teammoney
Teammoney

I like what Sony is doing. No offense to them but if I was the cable provider president, I would not allow Sony do cable TV for the time being. Too many issues this year for them (Being breached/hacked and PSN Network downed) and it would be horrible if they did live TV service right away. They would lose so much business and customers if the network gets hacked or down again. Would you like to be without live TV service for a month? I know I wouldn't. Anyway, I know that they resolved these issues, but they need to take the time first to restrengthen their customers, themselves, and security while prepping for the TV service.

StromileSwiftee
StromileSwiftee

I'm glad somebody is going this route. I honestly thought Microsoft would have started doing something like this first. But as long as someone does I don't care. Someone has to help release the strangle hold Big Cable has on the public. Plus it would give me reason to shake the cobwebs off the PS3

PixelAddict
PixelAddict

This strikes me as a "keeping up with the Joneses" type of thing. Microsoft is doing it, so Sony feels pressure to offer it as well. I was happy to hear about Microsoft's inclusion of Comcast OnDemand and HBOGO (say "Huh-bow-go"). I'd be even happy to see Sony do the same. I'll use it. In the moments when i'm not playing Beast mode or Demon-turned-Dark Souls

Freak_Ache
Freak_Ache

This is dumb on so many levels. The future of IPTV shouldn't involve middlemen like Sony or Apple, but instead should entail the individual networks directly supplying the consumer with content. If tech companies are allowed to control what you can and can't watch, how is that any different than the current situation with cable?

Frosty192
Frosty192

Good to hear. I used to work for a cable company and after I quit and had to actually start paying for cable, yeah tooooooo much money. So Sony doing this is pretty awesome. I know Comcast is heading to a "pick your own channels" plans so other cable companies should expect this to happen.

DreadfulGlory
DreadfulGlory

I like this idea. One thing sony has to top competitors is their media addons. People aren't just getting PS3s for games anymore. Keep it coming sony.

NodakJo2010
NodakJo2010

Man...the Playstation 3 may not be doing everything...But they are certainly trying to get it too lol.