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Sony to reveal multi-channel broadband TV service at CES – report

Friday, 4th January 2013 12:07 GMT By Dave Cook

Sony is rumoured to be forming its own broadband TV service, and is gearing up for a reveal at this year’s Consumer Electronics Show, according to a new report.

Variety reports that the service could be incorporated into Sony’s suite of hardware – which would cover PS3, tablets and Bravia televisions – or the manufacturer may opt to launch it via a dedicated set-top box.

The report claims that Sony is currently in negotiations with two major content providers to bulk out the service, and that the channels on offer are said to be ‘linear’. However, as the service is rumoured to be broadband-based, it could remove region locks on certain stations, making region-specific channels available worldwide.

However, the report also claims that the cost of establishing such a service could run into the billions, and without dedicated fibre optic lines for the service Sony would have to spend and negotiate hard to get a footing in the TV market, a move that seems unwise given Sony’s less than inspiring financials last year.

What do you think about Sony launching a TV service via PS3 and other devices? Is the market too flooded already? Let us know below.

Cheers Spong.

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  1. Dragon246

    Ok, so they are doing it or not? The original report seems contrary.

    #1 2 years ago
  2. Erthazus

    That’s what everyone need from Sony, a Broadband Tv service in Sony’s crappy products…

    #2 2 years ago
  3. ps3fanboy

    “it could remove region locks on certain stations, making region-specific channels available worldwide.”

    i hear you but with region lock gone we still have licenses and contracts that need to be signed.. if not signet your region ain’t getting shit… we have seen that with ps3 app and the vita youtube failure.

    #3 2 years ago
  4. OlderGamer

    I am waiting for the day when a console can offer its own cable TV service. However it needs to be less expansive then what I am currently paying, it needs to included brand name networks(and bunch of animie crap ain’t gonna cut it), it needs sports(again brand names, NFL, NCAA, Nascar, etc), and it needs local news/weather.

    And I am doubtful that will happen anytime soon. Tho I think MS is moving in that direction, we will see what Sony can do.

    #4 2 years ago
  5. TD_Monstrous69

    So this is what they’re doing with the Gaikai tech. It seems like a business style from the philosophy they’ve taken with indie game development, high risk, high reward, so this reported rumor just might be legit (that, and Sony is notoriously horrible at keeping secrets). An announcement like this might re-invigorate CES a bit if they truly bring a top-to-bottom epic service to the table, and by top-to-bottom, I mean a user-friendly ui, and a robust lineup of content. I believe Sony’s capable of pulling it off (at least content-wise, as far as ui is concerned, not so much), but the question is now, will they? Only time will tell.

    #5 2 years ago
  6. DrDamn

    The whole concept of “linear” TV Channels is on the way out in my opinion. As broadband bandwidth and penetration increases the idea of a linear channel becomes nonsensical. Events will be at specific times, but consumers want to watch what they want, when they want. That will be the common reality in 10 years I reckon.

    On the worldwide point – I think the original article point was about the limits of Cable needing … umm, cables :). The geographical footprint being limited to where they have lines. An internet service is limited to where they have internet. Licensing will restrict that to nationwide as the article pointed out …

    “In contrast to the cable operators who are bound by a geographic footprint, a virtual MSO can conceivably offer TV service to any subscriber nationwide.”

    #6 2 years ago
  7. Goffee

    Amazon and others do this now and so much better than Sony’s media offerings, why not just release apps for those products? Sony is so late to the game it will never recoup its investment.

    #7 2 years ago