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Sony announced its long-rumored cloud-based video streaming service that offers both live and VOD options. There weren't a lot of details on the yet-to-be-named Netflix -like service but the offering is expected to be available through PS4 and through apps for non-Sony devices. The company has sold 4.2mln PS4s to-date, with the device available in 53 countries and territories. — TiVo demonstrated a network DVR cloud solution at CES Tues. It's expected to enable consumers to easily find, consume and socially share cloud delivered content through the TiVo user interface. Pres/CEO Tom Rogers expects to sign up more cable MSOs, including Tier 1 ops, as it expands its cloud-based personalized video platform. Check out CableFAX.com/tech for more details. — With the evolution of programming and connectivity, whither the future of the set-top box? “In North America, it's going to be a bit of a challenge. We see pay TV plateauing,” Parks Associates ' dir of research Brett Sappington said during a panel at CES. “For the next couple of years, it will be OK because everyone is trying to upgrade their set-top boxes to be able to upgrade to new services. But in heavily penetrated markets it will become more difficult.” He noted that cable operators are very interested in a merged set-top box combination. “It gives them a way to distribute IP content in the home, and that is definitely a trend we see,” Sappington said. As the cloud emerges, the traditional set-top end-point device will eventually go away, said JT Taylor, Cisco's sr manager, product marketing, video solutions. “But it will be replaced by something even more powerful that will need to stick around for quite some time.”

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