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How Comcast Controls Sony's Internet TV Plans

Dec 03, 2008, 21:33 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Saul Hansell)

"There's only one problem here: All of these applications have to be tested by CableLabs and approved by your cable operator. That's the same crowd that took five years to agree to let Sony build its own electronic program guide.

"Mr. Green of CableLabs says he hopes that that is going to change.

""The cable industry is not known for its openness," he said. "One of the real drivers for us, and why we spent so many years and so many meetings to get the interface done, is to open the cable interface to innovation."

"I'm not holding my breath. When I asked Mr. Glasgow when we will see products from Sony that simply offer that program guide mixing cable and Internet video, he said they may not be available until 2010 or later."

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