Sony working on cable rival - Report

Japanese technology giant supposedly planning multi-channel TV service, in "active negotiations" with two major content companies.

PlayStation maker Sony is reportedly at work on a multi-channel TV service that will rival cable, sources have told Hollywood news site Variety. The Japanese technology giant is currently in "active negotiations" with at least two "major content companies" to license their programming for a service that would launch in the United States as early as later this year.

The unnamed sources described Sony's ongoing discussions as "far beyond exploratory." A Sony representative was not immediately available to comment.

Details are thin on Sony's supposed TV service, though it is expected to be composed of linear channels similar to that of traditional TV providers. The main difference is that such programming would be delivered through a broadband connection, thus allowing access to subscribers across the country.

Such a TV service would work with Sony's lineup of connected devices, which include the PlayStation 3, its rumored successor, Bravia TV sets, Blu-ray players, and first-party tablets. It is not known if Sony would need to build new hardware for the service to work or whether not not it would be compatible with third-party offerings. Channels are not expected to be available on an a la carte basis, the sources said.

Sony competitor Microsoft was, in November 2010, rumored to be in talks with various networks to create a "virtual cable operator" through the Xbox 360. This never came to fruition, though Microsoft has since teamed up with Comcast and others to offer streaming access through Xbox Live applications.

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Upat3am
Upat3am

Improve Neon Alley then talk about all the other channels. I enjoy anime as much as anyone else but get some variety. Stop showing 3 of the same anime 3 times, twice a day. By that standard alone your no different then the other cable channels.

 

 

      Where will you be when Z-day happens?

FusionRain
FusionRain

Yeah, this is where all applications are heading. Not long before the whole market can thrive away from a cable box.

mjtplayer
mjtplayer

I'd love to have a la cart cable, there's only 10 or 15 channels that I want/need - the other 200 are a waste of money.

Crush_Project
Crush_Project

remember sega channel?  i hope its like that, but of course i dont think its going to be lol.

Meta_Dragon
Meta_Dragon

Yeah that's great Sony, but why don't you focus on games first. If i wanna watch tv shows, i'll just use netflix.

bubba_1988
bubba_1988

sounds interesting, might be drain on resources though

Sndewey
Sndewey

Hell id pay for it as long as its non-contract

redskinStu
redskinStu

Kool, already got the PS 3, Bravia and Blu-Ray/DVD surround rig. Let's get on it son.

Scynt
Scynt

This sounds like as good of an idea as the laserdisc.

MajinSquall
MajinSquall

we already have PlayTV so will this new service be an addition to that or a replacement?

jtthegame316
jtthegame316

so there just going to do what xbox already does. with sky player here in the uk and i believe in the us they do the same kind of thing with the cable company comcast. where you can watch live tv and programming from the provider on demand.  only differance  is that fanboys will prasie sony for doing it where as when microsoft did it there comments were i have cable for my tv. it won't work as good on ps 3 anyway. for example here in the uk you can get 4 on demand on ps 3 and xbox but on ps 3 it is dreadful and the programs freeze but on xbox it works great.

franzito
franzito

Sony knows this biz better than anyone else.

bongsyas_23
bongsyas_23

as long as you don't need constant internet connection, because that would bring in a lot of problems

soulless4now
soulless4now

I miss the days where companies would focus on games and not other media components that would put a dent in our wallets. 

 

You can watch tv shows online if you check the sites for certain channels making cable tv useless for the most part. 

FallenOneX
FallenOneX

Anyone else here old enough to remember those games in the bar that played on the TV, or better yet XBL's "1 vs 100"?

 

Sony, if you put out a channel that has any features like the ones above, I will go to the closest warehouse club of which I am a member and buy the first PS3/Vita Bundle I see, as it is very likely that they will have more than one. Yes, I am proud to admit that I have enjoyed many hours after work at a pool hall by the house competing with other for free drinks (High Scorer!!!).

oflow
oflow

This going going to be a major fail for them if they pursue it.  They need to concentrate on upgrading the PSN to something that people actually like to use.

HydePark1980
HydePark1980

Well you always need a backup plan in case this video game thing don't work out.

Johny_47
Johny_47

It just seems like Sony is getting like Microsoft and they just wanna own EVERYTHING. I hope they don't do this, because before you know it they'll be making just playing online cost like xbox live.

megakick
megakick

So they are doing what Microsoft has already discussed?

twyz
twyz

Sony is also working on technology that would block users from watching on a second-hand television.

ChibiGoku_302
ChibiGoku_302

I wonder if Neon Alley had anything to do with this...

lilrobda1
lilrobda1

Stop it Sony. Just stick to what you already do.

mjtplayer
mjtplayer

 @Crush_ProjectMe and my roomates had the sega channel in college, great times!  I remember staying up half the night with my buddies, doing bong hits and trying-out all the different games at the beginning of each month.

 

Mizarzeug
Mizarzeug

 @jtthegame316 

Sony has more experience than microsoft in this kind of things im expecting a more refined approach from them, they simply cant t scw it  in a wrong move.

ck10304
ck10304

 @bongsyas_23 I think it's more than likely to require constant connection while you're watching it, unless it loads episode by episode like netflix or something

FusionRain
FusionRain

 @soulless4now That would be fine if Sony was only a game developer company. They have a huge line of Phones, Cameras, Laptops, T.Vs, Movies, and lots of other appliances. Also getting that all-in-one aspect out of appliances are the biggest thing right now. Offering the most services for one device is smart. Also to spread it across product that people already own is just smart. This is like Google, Windows 8, and Apple's ios/ itunes.

Mizarzeug
Mizarzeug

 @soulless4now 

I think, they are forced to by the circunstances, still i think they now  cant abandon the core purpose or the main reason of their product simply theyre now reaching or including everything that canbe possible to accomplish; to mantain a plus or an advantage. Sony has been making this since the ps1, the only difference is that now every gadget or device is following this pattern.

Meta_Dragon
Meta_Dragon

 @soulless4now Yeah they should be worrying about keeping their stock prices out of the negative instead of TV shows.

lampard008
lampard008

@megakick No they are succeeding where Microsoft failed :p

jtthegame316
jtthegame316

 @Mizarzeug They have hardly showen that over the years have they? plus what more can you do with it than have an app that shows live tv as well as on demand stuff which is what ms already do.

CloWnCircus
CloWnCircus

 @ck10304  @bongsyas_23 By what I could understand, this will be basically an IP TV, so broadband connections are what's used to deliver the contents to the client. 

 

It's basically no internet, no tv.

MajinSquall
MajinSquall

 @ck10304  @oflow so do i and before anyone asks yes i play online on 360 too and apart from cross game chat there is bugger all difference to the online play

vannacut
vannacut

 @jtthegame316  @Albaficas take netflix on xbox and ps3, on xbox you gotta pay 60 bucks a year plus , netflix membership to use the app, on sony, you just need membership for netflix, i used both, quality and the interface was far superior on ps3 . so i believe sony would do this better too...

MajinSquall
MajinSquall

 @oflow  @ck10304 oh ok but you never said that in your original post all you mentioned was PSN, Home and PSN are 2 different things

oflow
oflow

 @MajinSquall  @ck10304 I'm talking about things like Playstation Home that was pretty much a flop for what it was supposed to do.

lilrobda1
lilrobda1

 @DarkAztaroth  

 

I know what Sony does, and like many decisions they've made, this could flop....in America.

 

@fester420 

 

Oh....well, it might flop...in America.

 

DarkAztaroth
DarkAztaroth

 @lilrobda1  @fester420 TV, DVD, Gaming console. Laptops and desktops, Tablets, Cameras, Headphones, Speakers, Cellphones....

 

Sony does alot of stuff.

Them selling TV access through broadband internet connection doesn't sound that farfetched...