sony , yahoo, softbank alliance for playstation 2...maybe 8x8 is the upgrade path?
Yahoo! JAPAN, SOFTBANK Group AND SONY COMPUTER ENTERTAINMENT FORMALLIANCE TO OFFER BROADBAND NETWORK SERVICES
Dec. 20, 2001
Yahoo Japan Corporation (Yahoo! JAPAN), SOFTBANK Group, and Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. (SCEI) announced today that they had entered into an agreement to provide broadband network services on the PlayStation®2 platform.
1. Purpose of alliance
A variety of network services become available on Yahoo! BB, a broadband network service provided by SOFTBANK Group, to PlayStation 2 users through SCEI’s proprietary authentication and copy management system, Dynamic Network Authentication System(DNAS). Among these services are broadband network services including Yahoo! BB communication tools, together with the delivery of the entire network content currently available by Yahoo! JAPAN, such as auctions, financing, and on-line news and sports. Also, PlayStation 2 disks will be provided together with SOFTBANK Group publications to offer new entertainment made possible by combining disk of 2002. Through this alliance, it becomes possible for Yahoo! BB to offer its services to over 7 million PlayStation 2 owners in Japan. PlayStation 2 users will be able to enjoy a rich source of network content provided by Yahoo! JAPAN and SOFTBANK Group in a high speed and always-on DSL environment, in addition to the already available game and DVD content.