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Sony plans TV and movie download service

by Brad Linder, posted Sep 4th 2007 3:06PM
Sony BraviaWhile Apple is the undisputed king of music downloads, no company dominates the video download space yet. Well, it looks like Sony wants to make a bid for the lead position. The Wall Street Journal reports that the company that was once synonymous with portable music players (remember the Walkman?) before Apple came along wants to compete with iTunes in the video download space.

Sony may have the goods to pull this off. Part of the reason Apple has been so successful is because the company has both hardware and software: iTunes an the iPod. Sony's already got the hardware for video: the Playstation3, the Playstation Portable, and Bravia television sets. And Sony's got Sony Pictures content.
Now imagine media service where you can go online using your computer, PS3, PSP, or even your TV remote control, buy a movie or a complete season of a TV show, and automatically download it to a device for viewing. No $300 AppleTV required.

Of course, in order to succeed, Sony will need to sign distribution deals with other TV and movie producers. But while Apple holds onto its number one position in online music sales with a strong grip, there's not clear leader in video downloads. So whether Sony can take the lead is kind of beside the point right now. We're just happy to see someone else moving into this space.

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of course sony and apple will dominate the market of movie downloads. but still there is a lot of space for discounters like http://www.netflix.com or http://www.coplace.com

October 03 2007 at 9:53 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I find it somewhat ironic that not even a month after the demise of the ill-planned Connect online music store, Sony is thinking of creating a movie and TV download service. Sure, all the pieces seem to be in place... but I have every confidence that they'll find a way to muck it up.

Speaking of, this news was part of the inspiration for a post I wrote tonight called, "Stupid Missteps Sony Has Taken To Rebuild The Legion of Doom." Check it out and let me know if you enjoy it. Sounds like I might not be feeling the Sony-love like you are. ;)


September 06 2007 at 4:25 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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