Ooooh Sony… how we hate you… let me count the ways!

Last week Xbox 360 had an update to their User Interface… along with it came a few other new enhancements like the Netflixstreaming feature allowing users who are Netflix subscribers to stream up to 12,000 titles to their home theaters.  Well… apparently Sony didn’t like the idea of Microsoft streaming Sony movies (from LA Times and Motley Fool)?  So Sony decided pull 200 of their titles from being able to stream to the Xbox 360… the Roku player and PC will still work fine.  Sony this is exactly why we hate you… your arrogance and bully attitude is what leads you to think about your self-interests over your customers’ interests.  Just so you know… I used to be pretty loyal to the Sony brand… but over the last 5 years I have not made a Sony purchase – after this move I will try to make it at least another 5 years before I buy another one of your products.

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3 Responses to “Ooooh Sony… how we hate you… let me count the ways!”


  1. 1 Dave K. November 22, 2008 at 8:50 pm

    As much as I despise Sony, I have to come to their defense just slightly on this one… it seems that the real reason those movies are not streamed to the Xbox is because Netflix didn’t have the license to do so, not some nefarious, conniving, sinister plot by Sony. The streaming license is medium-, if not console-, specific, and you can still stream movies to your PC (read: Microsoft Windows OS machines).

    My guess (and hope) is that Netflix will get that license in order shortly…

    While they’re fixing things, maybe they can work on the network analyzer for the streaming service. Both times I’ve attempted to watch 30 Rock via Netflix streaming recently it has set up for top-res HD then continued to degrade the stream quality several times during the show. And each time it stopped the show for about 3-4 minutes to reconfigure. We still haven’t made it through the first 22 minute episode yet because we’ve been so frustrated!

    I really want to like this service! Please, Netflix, make it work!

  2. 2 Matt H. November 23, 2008 at 1:20 pm

    “Medium if not console specific?” it works on the PC, it works on the Roku box, it works on the LG & Samsung BD players? It seems ridiculous to me that they would need to license it for each platform… that is like saying that my TV show is licensed for your Samsung TV but not my Sharp TV – smells to me like Sony is trying to play a heavy hand?

  3. 3 Dave K. November 26, 2008 at 8:45 am

    I agree it’s ridiculous, but you’ve got to recognize that that’s how this industry works.

    As it turns out, they worked out the licensing issues and you can now stream the Columbia Pictures movies available. BTW, ever notice that it wasn’t all Sony movies, just Columbia Pictures? If Sony were really trying to affect the usability of Netflix via the 360, wouldn’t they have cut off all Sony studio’s films?

    http://www.edge-online.com/news/sony-movies-return-netflix-service


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