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Sony moves to sell cable TV via the Internet
January 7th, 2014
04:21 PM ET

Sony moves to sell cable TV via the Internet

By Brian Stelter, CNN

The day when Americans can buy a cable-like television service via the Internet is inching closer.

Sony on Tuesday said that it would start testing what it calls a "cloud-based TV service" later this year. The company said the unnamed service would include a package of live television channels, on-demand TV episodes and digital video recorder capabilities.

This kind of television bundle is similar in scope and price to the subscriptions sold by Comcast, DirecTV and Verizon FiOs, but is delivered through an existing Internet connection.

It could give new options to consumers who currently have only one or two choices for a monthly TV subscription: theoretically a consumer could buy broadband from an existing provider like Comcast orVerizon (VZFortune 500), then choose from any number of virtual cable providers, Sony being one of them.

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'Downton Abbey' premiere breaks ratings record
January 7th, 2014
09:30 AM ET

'Downton Abbey' premiere breaks ratings record

By Brian Stelter, CNN

(CNN) - The "Downton Abbey" phenomenon just keeps getting bigger.

Sunday's season four premiere of the upstairs-downstairs drama on PBS surpassed the comparable ratings for every previous episode. According to Nielsen data, at least 10.2 million viewers tuned in live (or within a few hours via digital video recorders) on Sunday night, up from 7.9 million at the start of season three and 8.2 million at the end of it.

This was more than a "personal best" for "Downton." The season four premiere outperformed every other drama on Sunday night, too. CBS's "The Good Wife," for instance, had 9.2 million viewers; ABC's "Revenge" had 6.7 million. (All these totals will increase once several days of digital video recorder viewership is factored in.)

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