A report from research consultancy TDG
predicts that portals like Microsoft's Xbox Live
and Sony's PlayStation Network
will soon become formidable competitors
to incumbent Pay TV
Leveraging broadband-enabled game consoles as the next-generation video platforms -- and bypassing cable and satellite TV operators, these companies will offer a compelling alternative to traditional TV
programming by providing a more immersive, interactive video experience.
The launch of Microsoft's Experience
and the Xbox Live Netflix streaming video service
is a perfect example of how potent these services will soon become. There is little doubt these services are finally ready for prime time.
Even before the launch of Experience, Microsoft's Xbox Live had amassed some 15,000 movies
(1,000 of which are HD
) and some 13,000 TV shows
. The Netflix partnership adds 12,000 movies and TV programs
to the mix, all for free streaming to Netflix subscribers.
Sony's PlayStation Network has collected close to 1,000 movies and hundreds of TV programs
for download-to-own. It has also announced plans to expand dramatically its video library in the next few months in order to compete with Xbox Live.
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