Nestled amongst the PS3 slim and motion control excitement at Sony’s press event for the GamesCom convention in Germany, revealed that BBC and other, undisclosed channels were coming to PSN in the U.K., as well as RTVE, ANTENA 3, and LA SEXTA to Spain, ZDF Mediathek to Germany, NOS to (Netherlands), and the Australian Broadcasting Cooporation in Australia. While Sony released a DVR attachment, PlayTV, in the U.K. last year, that worked with your existing TV signal; this service will provide television over the Internet.
But the question remains, when will such live TV support come to the U.S.? “We don’t have a live video partnership to announce in the U.S. at this point,” said Kim. And Sony PR reps have also told me that there are no U.S. announcements. Yet television on consoles in America seems inevitable: Xbox 360 and PS3 are ready-made to serve as DVRs.
So what’s holding Microsoft and Sony back from carrying live TV in the U.S.?