Maybe. There’s no doubt Sony will have plenty of new gadgets and gizmos to show off at CES this year, but new rumors suggest the company may have much more under wraps than that. More specifically, it appears Sony could be creating a multi-channel TV service. One that would go head-to-head with cable.
According to Variety, sources claim that Sony is already in talks with at least two major content producers in regard to licensing their channels for a package that could potentially be made available through broadband internet connection via devices like the PlayStation 3, Bravia TVs or connected Blu-ray players.
A Sony spokesperson declined to comment on “rumor or speculation.”
From what I’ve gathered, the idea of Sony providing a cable-like service on their devices doesn’t seem too far-fetched. For instance, though still requiring a standard cable subscription, your Xbox 360 can already be used in place of a standard cable box through AT&T U-Verse. In addition, services like Hulu Plus have brought us that much closer the TV a la carte subscription we’ve all been wishing for.
There’s also the recent rumors surrounding Intel, which suggest they too are working to usher in a new age of TV subscription.
For now, there’s no solid information on what exactly Sony has planned, and CES in Las Vegas probably won’t change that. For now, take the information above lightly. Until there’s an official announcement from Sony, nothing is confirmed.