PlayStation Network Getting Exclusive, Streaming TV Programming
Move over Netflix, because Sony has is planning to reel its customers into its upcoming video streaming service by offering entertainment they can’t find anywhere else.
The Wall Street Journal reported that Sony is planning to provide original, exclusive TV programming for its PlayStation systems.
‘Powers’ will be the first series to be made by Sony Pictures Television that is intended to be released exclusively through the three current PlayStation systems. ‘Powers’ is an hour-long drama featuring supernatural elements at its core. Based on the Icon comic series by Brian Michael Bendis and Michael Avon Oeming, ‘Powers’ features a detective investigating homicides that revolve around people with superpowers. ‘Powers’ was previously in development with FX, and was slated to star Jason Patric, but wasn’t picked up during pilot season. The show will only be able to be watched through the PlayStation Network, indicating that the PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4 and PS Vita should all be able to partake in this service.
Michael Lynton, CEO of Sony Entertainment, said Sony chose ‘Powers’ over several other projects because it would resonate more with the average gamer. With aspects of fantasy, crime noir and superpowers, it is expected to do well with the demographics of the average gamer.
Viewing this program will be done through a Netflix-esque streaming service but narrowed down to specific programs, which also coincides with Sony’s similar, upcoming plans for a game-streaming program. The PS3, PS4 and PS Vita already offer players the chance to buy digital downloads for video content on the PlayStation Network, but this streaming service will offer television shows viewers can’t find anywhere else.
In related news, the Wall Street Journal also stated that Steven Spielberg is working on an original TV series for Microsoft that will be made exclusive to Xbox consoles. It’s not clear if this would be in addition to his work on the upcoming ‘Halo’ series exclusive to Microsoft’s own streaming service, or if WSJ is referring to the show already in development.
Unfortunately, no details are known yet in regards to the pricing or release window of this exclusive streaming service (such as each video having an individual fee or a monthly, set subscription). This may strike a nerve with the likes of Netflix, Hulu and Amazon’s streaming services, and in order to adequately compete with these three programs, Sony would have to resort to a standard of competitive pricing.