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This hardware generation has expanded users' ideas of what a gaming console can be, as they reach beyond mere game-playing devices. The PS2 brought the DVD format into many households, and Sony and Microsoft's console technology has continued to evolve, incorporating streaming music, video, and more. If reports are to be believed, Sony could be taking its video services a step further.
Variety cites sources who say the company is in talks with several content providers, whose content could be bundled and sold on the PS3 and other connected devices such as Bravia TV sets and Blu-ray players in a service that could compete with cable. It would differ from Microsoft's Comcast Xfinity support, in that it would allow new users to access the content instead of extending it to existing subscribers.
According to Variety, the service wouldn't allow users to pick and choose their channels, but they would be bundled together in a package similar to cable. One advantage such a service would have over cable competitors would be its nationwide availability, as opposed to regional service areas. If the sources are to be believed, we could see the fruits of these negotiations in the U.S. before the end of 2013.
Sony hasn't offered any statement beyond the usual "We don't comment on rumors or speculation."
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That would be a good idea, but a lot of people now a days already have TV or just use Netflix or some other type of Movie/Show streaming network.
I am in. Where do I sign up? Suck it Time Warner Cable!!!
That certainly quite interesting I suppose.
I hate Comcast and how they try to screw me over... prices are crap. And all the other cable/internet providers suck. If they do it right with a decent price it could be a great deal (free with PS+!!!)
Oh c'mon just let us pick and choose. That's how cable companies get you, by making you pay for the big bundles if you want to see a damn sports channel.
Personally I would cancel my cable right now and just sign up for a sports package only if that was possible. All the other shows that I watch on tv, I could just watch online.
Sounds like something they may try to build into the PS4.
How is Sony coming up with so-old-fashioned ideas?
sony shouldn't be concentrating on cable, but content for their products...nothing but garbage on cable tv anyway...
These cable providers are the same companies providing high speed internet allowing Sony and Microsoft to provide said services. I doubt they will give up their cash cow without jacking up internet access rates.
This seems like a terrible idea on Sony's part. Having their own cable box is not it. The bad idea lies in the fact that consumers wouldn't be able to pick and choose their own channels to watch. This is 2013 for God's sake!
I'd be interested in this if it could come though a cable wire. I'd rather not deal with streaming the content through the internet since it can take longer (regarding load times).
It'll fail. It's that simple.
I don't have cable and I am not that interested in this