Sony to launch video-sharing network Friday

Sony Corporation has announced plans to launch a video-sharing site in Japan on Friday; Sony also hopes to introduce its service, called eyeVio, abroad, but said it first wanted to gauge the reception at home before drawing up an overseas launch schedule. "This is part of Sony's quiet software revolution. It's an opportunity to transmit user-generated video anywhere you want to, anytime to anybody, in a protected environment," said CEO Howard Stringer. This is the electronics and entertainment firm's first step towards challenging Google Incorporated's YouTube service. However, unlike what Google has (or rather hasn't) done so far, Sony said it would closely monitor content on the service.

Such a model would appeal to companies looking to release content and to protect their image, said Sony spokesman Takeshi Honma: "We believe there's a need for a clean and safe place where companies can place their advertisements." Users will also be able to select who can view their content, and for how long. The site will be free to users, but spokesman Honma said Sony hoped it would eventually generate revenue through advertisements and tie-ups with media companies.

News source: Reuters

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eyeVio. Come on they can do better than that. It looks like a crappy way of not getting sued by Apple. But The service sounds cool if they tie it in with PSP and PS3

since when sony its scared of apple?, sony can eat apple for breakfast anytime... since their only good selling product its te ipod and nokia already out sold them by 30 millions mp3 phones.

Joseph21 said,
since when sony its scared of apple?, sony can eat apple for breakfast anytime... since their only good selling product its te ipod and nokia already out sold them by 30 millions mp3 phones.

The 1,517,000 Macs that shipped in the past year beg to differ with that statement. And he was making a point, i and eye as prefixes are to say the least, very similar. You didn't need to go anti-Apple over it. But it's not an Apple flamewar, moving on...

Why does everyone want their own video sharing site? It makes things more confusing! If I want a video, I should only have to go to YouTube and search there, not go to Google and sort through everything on the Internet and find what I want. It doesn't make sense to me.

There is a flaw in your logic reguarding multiple video sites. If one dominant site is all we need then Google would have never happened because Yahoo was so large (at one time). Competition is good in all markets and will only lead to better products for us consumers. Maybe this eyeVio has some really cool features YouTube currently lacks and therefore YouTube would improve their site with those features. Nothing but good for all of us, even if YouTube never "really" has any competition. Just think we are only one major court order away from all YouTube being blocked, not that I think that will happen but it could and then were would the video lovers be?