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Sony looks set to announce ‘PlayStation Plus Video Pass’

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I'll take some movies for a year.

I'm sure this is eventually designed to be a separate $5 / month service.

What in the world do you guys think Sony is? They make movies and TV shows.. why are people mad they are giving us access to a video streaming service for free for a year?
 

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I'll take some movies for a year.

I'm sure this is eventually designed to be a separate $5 / month service.

What in the world do you guys think Sony is? They make movies and TV shows.. why are people mad they are giving us access to a video streaming service for free for a year?

When there are rumors that Sony will have an answer to Game Pass and we get this, you have to expect the backlash. Even if it's not the rumored answer, it's bad timing if not.
 
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When there are rumors that Sony will have an answer to Game Pass and we get this, you have to expect the backlash.
They also are making TVs. Where is the backlash? We want a game pass competitor, and you ARE MAKING TVS??? WTF SONY?

HOLY SHIT SONY IS ALSO A BANK IN JAPAN??

STOP BANKING!

(just having some fun, but that's how you guys seem to me.. it's a big company, it's like complaining MS is working on Office)
 
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Well, I assume this won't be to include Netflix, Disney +, HBO, Funimation or Crunchyroll (or any combination of them) 'for free' in PS Plus. But if they do it without increasing the price, it would be great.

Swing and a miss by Sony. Again. Are we sure Don Mattrick isn’t in a Jim Ryan suit?
No, unlike Don, Jim is killing it on all game related fronts breaking gaming history records.

From selling games, consoles, subscription services, to revenue generated, amount of awards earned by their exclusives, amount of exclusives released, both western and Japanese, both AAA and small/indie.

In the same way MS in addition to consoles has many business in PC so is moving their gaming business there, Sony also makes movies, in addition to tv & video services. So they will push them on PS too as secondary thing while keeping gaming their first priority for the console and achieving many gaming history records.

Sony gonna really stumble through this gen until the big hitters arrive and people talk about those instead of these trash initiatives.

Reminds me of MS and XBOX ONE, can imagine them having a little chuckle at this news.
No, PS5 is breaking many gaming history records as PS4 has been doing these years and everything points to them to continue breaking records on generating revenue, selling consoles, games, subscriptions and winning GOTY awards.
 
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I’m confused by the strategy. Is PS Now the Game Pass counterpunch, or is PS Plus?

I would have thought it would have made more sense to bundle this with PS Now. You would then have a fee for online play (with some games thrown in) alongside a Netflix style fee for PS Now and video services.

PS Now is pretty redundant compared to Plus which has the instant game collection, online play and now this video service.

Wish they’d do some consolidation.
 

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I wonder what shows/movies they have and what it looks like in comparison to their offering on Netflix
 

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Well, I'll wait for those pesky details before making any kind of judgement but it doesn't sound good imo
 

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If it's anime, then it would be cool. Just throw in a few films too..... Django, Magnificent 7, Once Upon a Time in the West, Bad Boys, the old GhostBusters films, Jumanji, Casino Royale and Skyfall and maybe Spectre, The Equalizer films, Persuit of Happiness, Superbad and Angry Birds and a few more.

Plus they make almost all the good TV shows for Netflix and Amazon....

Would be an all-in-one!
 
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If it's anime, then it would be cool. Just throw in a few films too..... Django, Magnificent 7, Once Upon a Time in the West, Bad Boys, the old GhostBusters films, Jumanji, Casino Royale and Skyfall and maybe Spectre, The Equalizer films, Persuit of Happiness, Superbad and Angry Birds and a few more.

Plus they make almost all the good TV shows for Netflix and Amazon....

Would be an all-in-one!
All I can offer is Ghosbusters 2016 and The Amazing Spider-Man 2
 
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I FUC'ING CALLED IT!!!!!

Okay it won't so much some "prediction" but I was saying a while back that one way they could add value to their subscription services would be to tie in film, television, anime etc. content alongside games. I think this would be even better if they didn't sign that deal with Netflix, but maybe Sony will provide simultaneous first-run of new film releases on VP alongside Netflix, if that can somehow work.

Now if they could just merge PS Now and PS Plus to tie everything into a single subscription with some tiers if desired (btw I think that is also what Microsoft should do if they want to move people from Gold to GamePass; just switch them over to GPU for the duration of their Gold sub at the Gold sub price until the subscription runs out or is renewed then just switch it to GPU price or give option for regular GP, way better than trying to do a 2x price hike), and if they really want to increase the value even more, do something like Disney+ does with their VOD content when it comes to new releases, just...maybe not at the insane prices Disney does it. Then a few months later add those new releases to the PS Collection.

If they do this, regardless even if Microsoft also does similar (which would mean some changes to GP/GPU and doing some partnerships since they don't make their own films/shows etc.), then that should lead to a lot of growth. It's a good way for them to compete on the subscription service front leveraging their presence in various multimedia areas and won't break the bank. It also increases the appeal of the service if they can do that type of integration and (sensible) tiered access while bringing it to mobile.


I wonder what shows/movies they have and what it looks like in comparison to their offering on Netflix

That's a good question; if Netflix's first-dibs access to new Sony movies after theatrical window even cuts this new service out of the picture, then I think that hurts the value proposition.

I would think they carefully negotiated that deal to avoid such a thing, but if not, while it still means this is a good value-add to the service, it keeps it from being as good a value addition as it could've been.

I’m confused by the strategy. Is PS Now the Game Pass counterpunch, or is PS Plus?

I would have thought it would have made more sense to bundle this with PS Now. You would then have a fee for online play (with some games thrown in) alongside a Netflix style fee for PS Now and video services.

PS Now is pretty redundant compared to Plus which has the instant game collection, online play and now this video service.

Wish they’d do some consolidation.

That's probably what they are leading towards, because as you said there's some redundancy here. Same with Microsoft when it comes to GamePass and Live Gold.

But in both cases they will have to "eat" some initial losses to do it the right way, i.e just switching people over to the preferred service at their current price for the duration of the old service's subscription they have paid up for. Then hopefully, if you have tiers to the newer service, offer them a choice to continue as-is at the higher "tier" but at the price they'd normally pay for said tier, or allow them to swap to a lower-priced option.

It's the only sensible way to switch people from increasingly legacy services to the new one that doesn't look like a greedy move out-of-touch with the market, IMHO.
 
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Is this the counterpunch?
If it’s confirmed, then I guess it is. They won’t launch another service immediately after which would be a focus on games as it would be a bit confusing.

I guess they can beef up PSNow but right now it doesn’t even support PS5 games afaik.
No, it isn't.

A year or two so ago they shown next gen plans for PS Now related to increasing the amount of countries supported, business model/pricing improvement (teased something similar to Stadia to allow people buy games to play them without owning a console), devices to stream increased (adding mobile, tvs, etc), streaming resolution/image quality/input lag improvement, servers improvement, game catalog content improvement (they plan to include PS5 games) and stuff like that. As I remember they didn't mention movies.

In any case, Sony game subscriptions have more subscribers, generate more revenue and must be way more profitable (at least profitable) than the MS ones. It's MS who has to counter, not Sony.
 

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I will wait to see if this is just an added trial with no questions asked before feeding into the "Playstation is the new Xbox" narrative that some people are so desperate to create.
 
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I have never watched a movie or TV show on any of my Playstations. I bought them to play TV, not watch TV.....movie games notwithstanding. Just like with PS Now, I won't be utilizing this service.
 

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This isn't HDMI in cable TV shite, why are people thinking it is anything like Xbox's E3 from 8 years ago?
They aren't even making a big deal about it, just like the Vue crap.
 
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A year or two so ago they shown next gen plans for PS Now related to increasing the amount of countries supported, business model/pricing improvement (teased something similar to Stadia to allow people buy games to play them without owning a console), devices to stream increased (adding mobile, tvs, etc), streaming resolution/image quality/input lag improvement, servers improvement, game catalog content improvement (they plan to include PS5 games) and stuff like that.
You got a link for that? I think it's where both companies are leading to so it all makes sense.
 

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I remember when PS plus subscribers were given Netflix for 1/2 months but I always thought it was something regional to Europe.
I said once, the only service that is healthy is Disney plus, they have tons of money, so I assume the Netflix, HBO and Sony are gathering to “survive” they are the only Movie studios still independent.

also for those saying TV TV TV, Sony did not decided to show their PS5 and just talked about tv for 2 hours, that Xbox one cringe event was so bad that no company will never be able to do worse!
 

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This isn't HDMI in cable TV shite, why are people thinking it is anything like Xbox's E3 from 8 years ago?
They aren't even making a big deal about it, just like the Vue crap.

People get more attention when they completely overdramatize things and they also score internet points for their team when they find an angle to bash the competition.
 

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Giving more benefits to the user is a good thing. Nice to see they are willing to try new things, after Jim Ryan lost his mandate from heaven.
 
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Didn’t the Xbox One had a build in tv decoder? This is really something else since we are living in a streaming service ara.....

So how is that even closely the same?

It was meant to be quite light hearted. I know it's difficult over the internet and it's crazy with the WARZZZZzzzz.

nothing serious over here. I'm actually looking forward to what this adds. Free to my current subscription!? I'm in!