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Sony, Amazon Said to Be Prepping Media Services

Word on the street is both Sony and etailer giant Amazon have plans to start their media services. The Financial Times cites sources in the media that say Sony's new subscription service will launch on the PlayStation 3 first (we assume via the PSN), before creeping across to the company's other devices, such as its Vaio computers, Sony Ericsson phones, Bravia TVs, Blu-ray players, and Walkman PMPs.

Though Sony phased out its Connect music service in 2007, FT cites Sony boss Sir Howard Stringer who last year said 90 percent of the company's devices would be connected to the Web and each other by 2011. The paper also points to Sony's $260 million acquisition of Gracenote in 2008 as further evidence that the company could be prepping a content service. Gracenote tracks and identifies music files across devices, and FT says it could play a significant role in Sony's new media service, which has been two years in the making. The service is not expected to go live until next year, after Sony has cut all the necessary deals with studios and labels.

It's not immediately clear if Sony's service will be similar to iTunes, in that you pay for what you want, or if it will be an all you can eat subscription that streams content to the user's device.

Also said to be working on a media service is Amazon. Reuters reports that the etailer has approached media companies for a subscription service that will rival Netflix. The company has reportedly spoken to Time Warner, CBS, and Viacom about the service, though people familiar with the discussions say it's unclear whether the media companies have agreed to anything just yet.

Amazon already offers TV shows and movies via its VOD service, but Retuers reports that this new service will differ in that instead of paying for content by the episode, or movie, customers will pay a subscription fee. A Wall Street Journal reports that Amazon may choose to bundle its subscription service with its Amazon Prime service that gives customers free, 2-day shipping (and other perks) for just $79 per year.

Would you subscribe to a service with either Amazon or Sony? Let us know in the comments below!

Source: Financial Times, Reuters

  • thillntn
    Wonder how $ony will get people to pay for things that they will just want to take away in the future...I will keep putting MY content on the hardware I bought and stay DRM free.
  • Travis Beane
    $80 a year for unlimited 1080p/720p content, which only compresses as much as it needs to, because on a 16mbit line, you can stream 7GB/hour.
    I'd be in. :D

    While I do like the Sony Playstation 3 console, I find the games I have (got it for Sony exclusives only) aren't played. I've just used it to stream movies from my network.

    Can we finally have a decent, affordable streaming service in Canada though? Or must I use a VPN?
  • shanky887614
    its not 7GB/hour
    16gb = 2GB

    so it would be 120Megabytes an hour or 960 Megabits

    i dont know where you got the 7GB from
  • gregor
    16mbit/s / 8 = 2Mb/s
    2 x 60 x 60 = 7200Mb per hr
    Times that by about 0.7 for the actual data = ~5Gb per hour???
  • shanky887614
    i see i must still be tired i only worked it out in mins

    but you forget becasue of throtling internet conection you will be lucky to get that

    for example im with bt and have got 20GB in quiew

    it is going to take 15 hours or 1.3GB/hour that is on 8mb connection

    i feel you are hopelessly optomistic and everyone near me is at work so its about as fast as it is going to get

    so your real world speeds are more like 1-8MB/sec at average
  • back_by_demand
    Subscription service, much better. Lines it up against the established models set by big TV companies like HBO and such.
    I like the idea of this, now if we can only find a way to make this international.
    By the way, if I watch a streaming movie and at the end there is a link that says "Like this film? Buy it now!" followed by a couple of clicks then the BluRay disk comes through my door in 2 days this will be perfect.
  • shanky887614

    so bassically you want an internet service to replace over the air/satalight tv like sky and cable

    i think this is a good idea but will make some poeples internete bills go through the roof becasue they won't realise how much they use and people like bt charge you if you go over your allowance if you are not on option 3
  • elbert
    I wonder if Sony is going to force out Netflix or allow a competing service? Sony needs to take note this could end in a lawsuit they cant win. Those using Netflix being Sony's own customers could bring suit. Even a win for Sony by law can be a lose in this case.
  • back_by_demand
    shanky887614back_by_demand so bassically you want an internet service to replace over the air/satalight tv like sky and cablei think this is a good idea but will make some poeples internete bills go through the roof becasue they won't realise how much they use and people like bt charge you if you go over your allowance if you are not on option 3Maybe, if you look at how internet speeds vs file sizes have rocketed over the last few years it seems like a natural progression. Also, its not like the TV companies aren't already doing it in a similar fashion like the BBC iPlayer or the Sky Player, both allow you to stream the respective TV companies content. Networks are constantly being bolstered to support the inevitable rise in traffic both mobile and ADSL/Cable. BT are spending billions getting fibre optics down around the country and there are plenty of ISPs that have unlimited and dont even hint at a fair usage policy. I currently use O2 on a 20mb service, the exchange is all of 200m from the house so I pretty much get the full whack and regularly get torrent speeds around 2000kbps.
    They haven't bothered me once regarding my downloading, despite regularly hitting big DLs like Stargate SG1 at over 70 gig.

    It wont happen over night but it will happen and convergence is already underway, Sky offers ADSL and BT offers TV, there are never huge leaps only excruciating increments but in 5 years you will see some people as Sky TV subscribers who dont have a STB anymore and have all their 3D-HD content piped down Sky Broadband.

    Bearing in mind that in the UK today there are already some cable suscribers who are using 100 meg braodband, we are not far away. If someone could work it out, just exactly how fast would your home broadband have to be to fluidly stream a full 3D-HD movie, TV show or football match?
  • back_by_demand
    Just answered my own question, peak bitrate for any of the USA HD providers is under 20, so I think having a broadband service above 200 meg should do the trick and seeing as places like Hong Kong have gigabit services available now then we are not talking science fiction here. It's all totally do-able in the UK and the USA within 5 years.