Article written by tsa staff.
Published on 04/01/2013 at 01:49 PM.
According to rumours surfacing this afternoon, Sony are apparently in talks with “at least two major content companies” with regards to licensing their channels for a Sony specific TV channel that could well hit the States this year.
Variety claims the service would be “a package of linear channels”, much like what pay-TV distributors provide already, although it would be delivered over broadband rather than cable. This would mean the TV service could be broadcast to anyone nationwide.
Setting up the service is likely to cost “billions of dollars”, money that Sony doesn’t really have at the moment. Sony’s share price has fallen sharply of late, with new boss Kazuo Hirai still struggling to stabilise the spending.
According to the report, both Apple and Microsoft both toyed with a similar idea last year before backing off, although Microsoft does allow access to Comcast via its Xbox 360 console. The Comcast app apparently doesn’t factor into bandwidth caps, something that could cripple Sony’s new venture before it even gets running.
Sony will be presenting various new tech at CES next week, although it’s not likely to find much time to discuss anything aside from its new smartphone range.