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Sony considering online service to kill cable TV

Written by Andre Yoskowitz (Google+) @ 16 Nov 2011 14:13 User comments (9)

Sony considering online service to kill cable TV According to multiple sources, Sony is considering beginning an online service that will be an alternative to cable TV.
The company has already approached several media companies in an effort to negotiate rights to offer TV channels via the Internet.

If Sony is successful, the company will be able to stream the channels via Sony devices like the PlayStation 3, BRAVIA TVs and Blu-ray players.

Sony has 18 million PS3 owners in the U.S., alone, and there are an estimated 15 million more Sony Internet-connected device owners.

By comparison, the largest cable operator, Comcast, has 22.4 million subscribers.

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9 user comments

116.11.2011 15:25

Even though I just switched to fios internet/cable I would subscribe to an online cable service if the prices are competative

216.11.2011 17:24

They can barely run a game network and have it secure and running how would they get this up?

316.11.2011 21:40

Kannz one hack what is your point?

416.11.2011 23:27

I can already watch TV on my PS3...because it is jailbroken!

But seriously...if they made this available to PCs as well, the prices were good, the channel selection was good, and the quality was good, then I might actually consider signing up. Of course it is sony, so I know they will fail on at least one of those fronts.



517.11.2011 16:34

I see this as the first step to a la cart channels. I'd buy into this in a heartbeat if prices were indeed on point.

I figure 1.50 - 2.00 bucks per channel EXCLUDING OTA channels such as NBC, CBS, ABC, WGN and FOX which should abso-f'ing-lutely be FREE.

I'd take about 7-10 channels like SyFy, AMC, FX, History, Nat Geo/Wild etc.

20 bucks...........NOW THAT'S A GOOD DAMN DEAL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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617.11.2011 16:54

Originally posted by hearme0:
I see this as the first step to a la cart channels. I'd buy into this in a heartbeat if prices were indeed on point.

I figure 1.50 - 2.00 bucks per channel EXCLUDING OTA channels such as NBC, CBS, ABC, WGN and FOX which should abso-f'ing-lutely be FREE.

I'd take about 7-10 channels like SyFy, AMC, FX, History, Nat Geo/Wild etc.

20 bucks...........NOW THAT'S A GOOD DAMN DEAL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Yep, agree with you totally. Don't forget about E! and Bravo for the gf/wife though :)

717.11.2011 17:13

Originally posted by DVDBack23:
Originally posted by hearme0:
I see this as the first step to a la cart channels. I'd buy into this in a heartbeat if prices were indeed on point.

I figure 1.50 - 2.00 bucks per channel EXCLUDING OTA channels such as NBC, CBS, ABC, WGN and FOX which should abso-f'ing-lutely be FREE.

I'd take about 7-10 channels like SyFy, AMC, FX, History, Nat Geo/Wild etc.

20 bucks...........NOW THAT'S A GOOD DAMN DEAL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Yep, agree with you totally. Don't forget about E! and Bravo for the gf/wife though :)
No, it would be HGTV and QVC for the wife. :)

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817.11.2011 18:01

Originally posted by GrandpaBW:
Originally posted by DVDBack23:
Originally posted by hearme0:
I see this as the first step to a la cart channels. I'd buy into this in a heartbeat if prices were indeed on point.

I figure 1.50 - 2.00 bucks per channel EXCLUDING OTA channels such as NBC, CBS, ABC, WGN and FOX which should abso-f'ing-lutely be FREE.

I'd take about 7-10 channels like SyFy, AMC, FX, History, Nat Geo/Wild etc.

20 bucks...........NOW THAT'S A GOOD DAMN DEAL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Yep, agree with you totally. Don't forget about E! and Bravo for the gf/wife though :)
No, it would be HGTV and QVC for the wife. :)
taking BOTH of you into consideration....that's 4 extra channels......only 8 bucks a month. I'd paid that to shush HER up any day.

918.11.2011 16:12

Originally posted by Kannz:
They can barely run a game network and have it secure and running how would they get this up?
hahaha, true. +1.

I welcome the competition. Sooner or later you knew this was going to happen. I guess you could consider Google tv the first attempt, but that was more like adding internet to your tv. Sony is trying to add tv to the internet and then to your tv :) I live in NY and Cablevision really has the market share here. FIOS is not available everywhere, and I have really heard a lot of ups & downs with that service. Cablevision's customer service is down-right disgusting and would really welcome other alternatives to ditch them. TV prices are kind of steep anyway.
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