Sony’s Web TV Service Signs Disney and ESPN. Who Caved?

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The deal means Sony now offers subscribers the same stuff, more or less, at about the same price that they would normally get via conventional pay TV providers like Comcast and Time Warner Cable, which makes it the first Web TV service to do so. […] Did Sony offer concessions to Disney because it didn’t think it had a competitive product without ESPN, ABC and other Disney-owned channels? Or did Disney soften its stance because it’s now worried about the fact that they’re losing conventional pay TV subscribers? – Peter Kafka, Re/code