No Sony E3 Press Conference on Spike…again — here’s why
According to info gathered from my TV listings there will be no Sony E3 Press Conference coverage on Spike…again.
Here’s most likely why:
I reported last year around this time as gamers, press, media, developers, and publishers alike were gearing up for E3 2012 that there would be no Sony Press Conference coverage on Spike TV.
Upon this discovery I reached out to Sony (still waiting for a response :)) and Geoff Keighley (Gametrailers, GTTV) about the obvious absence to which he replied:
“We couldn’t work out a deal, simple as that.“
Now that was last year but I attempted to do the very same thing this year and without fail the same result no SONY PRESS CONFERENCE! And it’s most likely due to the same reasons.
As I also mentioned last year I hoped it wouldn’t become a trend but based on my latest discovery it seems that is indeed the case. I shouldn’t be surprised though as I’ve come to learn via a commenter, “refocusedman”:
“Spike is owned by viacom. Viacom is partners with microsoft….. Its probably a strategic move on MS behalf.”
Of course this is rooted in speculation — whether or not the Viacom-Microsoft partnership is preventing Sony from having representation on the network remains to be seen but it is an interesting angle.
Now I know there will be all types of streams but nothing beats TV. Besides I never fully trusted that medium — it’s not reliable enough yet. If G4TV still exists it will most likely broadcast there but last time I checked it was still in standard definition. Even if the network upgraded to HD since then, the fallout between DirecTV and G4 robs me of that privilege, so I am most likely stuck with the very choppy version of the conference.
Side note* I find it funny the irony that Spike’s tagline is “Get More Action”.
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Update* Geoff Keighley has said via Twitter that the reason this years Sony Press Conference was not aired was because of the time frame — being that it was Primetime, which was in conflict with the networks (Spike) schedule.