It’s about damn time. Sony says it’s going to give the PS3 some kind of video download store / rental-service sometime this summer. That’s awesome / cool.
We found this interesting Sony press release on the web thanks to Gizmodo, and it’s hot off the printing press with today’s date lining the headline. It’s an update regarding Sony’s corporate strategy, and it features a few key pieces of information.
We particularly like the part about rolling out "video services across key Sony products by FY2010, starting with the summer 2008 launch on the PLAYSTATION®Network." Sony also plans to ensure "that 90% of [its] electronics product categories are network-enabled and wireless-capable by the fiscal year ending March 31, 2011 (“FY2010”)."
What does this mean for consumers? Well, anyone with a PS3 will now be able to download (we’re assuming) movies and TV shows. Combine this with the large number of Xbox 360 users, and you’ve got a really huge group of young people being trained to rely on on-demand services instead traditional cable, satellite, or antenna TV services. Furthermore, these are the same young adults, teenagers, and even children that have been using the internet to download tons of video and music files "on-demand" for years.
With Netflix, Hulu, and other video delivery sites and services just a few mouse-clicks away, cable, phone, and satellite companies are destined to become nothing but broadband service providers.
Consider this, as a college student, It’s becoming pretty common for college-aged adults to give up TV service in an attempt to save a few dollars. College student or not, I’ve seen this trend among several groups of young people, though, this is just one point of view. This isn’t to say youngsters don’t watch TV or movies. No, we love that stuff, but we can’t stand commercials, we’re often broke, and America’s entering a recession. Why pay $90 / month to make sure you can watch most of your shows when $30 / month gets you all of them plus broadband service?