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Sep012010

TV wars! A complete guide to Amazon, Sony, Netflix, Apple, Google, HBO, Samsung, and Hulu's plans to change TV forever

The war to control your TV is heating up. Reports are coming in that Amazon is developing a subscription service to compete with Netflix and Sony is working on a full apps platform to compete on a broader scale with Samsung Apps and upcoming platforms like Google TV and Apple's rumored "iTV." In this extended post, I'll attempt to break down what we know so far. 

Two Battles

Really, there are two battles happening here. On one side, we have the Battle of the Platforms. Companies like Google, Apple, Samsung, and Sony want to operate the software platform that runs your TV, and other devices. The days of Cable companies like Comcast dominating your TV are numbered. Soon, your TV will get smart and run applications just like an iPhone, iPad, or Android smartphone. 

On the other side, we have the Battle of the Streaming Services. Netflix practically invented this category, but Amazon, Hulu, HBO, and who knows who else are all ready to take the movie rental company down. 

We know the players, but which platforms and services will reign supreme? I break down the competition below.

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