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Old June 27th, 2008, 11:51 AM   #1
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Sony's Networked Future

Sony has announced a new strategy of providing internet connectivity for all their devices, including TV's, which would allow them to access and purchase content from their own service. Seems like a pretty risky strategy to me...

http://www.forbes.com/2008/06/27/son..._0626sony.html

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The company aims to have virtually all its electronic products networked and Wi-Fi capable by March 2011.

Sony said it will start rolling out its new video services to the PlayStation 3 game console this summer. Over the next three years, the company plans to distribute the content to a host of consumer electronic devices, including computers and its line of BRAVIA LCD TVs, and later to mobile phones and portable video players.
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Old June 28th, 2008, 11:19 AM   #2
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On the other hand, a number of people on this forum have stated the opinion that Internet digital distribution is the way the market is headed vs. Blu-Ray (physical) disk distribution.

Sony may see itself as having no choice, risky or not.
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Old June 28th, 2008, 01:11 PM   #3
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On the other hand, a number of people on this forum have stated the opinion that Internet digital distribution is the way the market is headed vs. Blu-Ray (physical) disk distribution.
Oh, I don't disagree with that at all. What I question is the consumer's willingness to pay more for a Sony TV set because it includes hardware which allows you to access their proprietary online download service. Sony just doesn't have a track record of getting that right.
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Old June 28th, 2008, 08:03 PM   #4
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This is already happening. Microsoft has the Xbox Live Marketplace where whole TV Episodes can be downloaded like iTunes and Sony doing the same to the PlayStation Network is just a matter of time before it happens.
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Old June 28th, 2008, 10:43 PM   #5
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Oh, I don't disagree with that at all. What I question is the consumer's willingness to pay more for a Sony TV set because it includes hardware which allows you to access their proprietary online download service. Sony just doesn't have a track record of getting that right.
Well they figured out Blu-Ray, so maybe they're learning.
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