I don't see it as a big deal, and I think Molly exaggerates greatly linking this to a "method for world domination". Its not like you will never get to see the movies, you just won't "get" to pay for them before everybody else.
Its not too different from Comcast providing Comcast-specific content for users who have their cable boxes.
I fancy myself a movie-buff, but come on, we're talking about "movies" here, so lets put this in perspective before we over-react (that goes for Netflix's Profiles issue as well).
And lets be fair. We keep saying that these companies need to modify there business model to operate in this new world, but then when they try new things out (like with the RIAA), we freak out. The market will separate the good ideas from the bad ones.
If I am not wrong, there are 2 Email responses being read, in BOL757, related to the mentioned news. It is regarding Sony Pictures '*casting' latest movie releases, via Internet, to Sony Bravia TVs with Internet connection.
I felt it is great and interesting topic to discuss. Sony has been planning for this, so no surprise. And the impact might be huge if it take off.
If this take off,
1) they will be in broadcast/multicast business. They will still need need 'Cable'/ADSL Company to provide their customer with Internet access. However Cable Company will no longer be the middle man that broadcast their content. Any advertisement earning will go to them directly. They can be the content aggregator.
2)Sony will also set the 'standard', since it is proven. And other studio can license their technology or go to them for distribution service.
3)Other TVs maker can also obtain licenses to sony's 'standard', sony application layer, sony's TV operating system....etc. Or register their MAC address or some other identifier, for a certain fees so that they can '*cast' contents to their TV directly....etc. I am not sure how the real thing work, I only felt there would defintely be money involved if you want to be 'on' par with their TV.
Now is TV going be our living room entertainment center or PC fight back?
It is good to own both content and hardware. It is a potential good news for their share holder.
However personally I agree with Molly, I do not like this move. It stinks. But it is not illegal. It is like buying a game console currently. I can play only certain game from certain studio, unless the studio want to invest and create that game for several platforms.
After 80 years of goodness from our neutral TV that can view a variety of program from various content studio. Now we have to crack our brain when we are trying to buy a TV. We have to be mindful what contents it can view before purchasing it...that sucks. It is like buying a car that can only travel on certain highway. Well maybe I am just being spoilt by the good old ways.
BTW, even if it did not take off
3) Potential TV buyer who have heard this news would also might take it into consideration. Hmmm... better get this brand because it might be more 'future proof' as the sale man might have said.
Oh Sony also have mobile phone...hmmm maybe one day we will also have that sort of headache when we are purchasing our mobile phone. loi.
To our Samsung Staff, please help.... there are rumour that Samsung will have a LCD with Xbox built in... is that true? Will we see one in coming E3? Can you increase the harddisk/flash dirve space?