Anyone else remember sega channel for sega genesis? i think 11.99 got me unlimited games on it for the month (granted i only recall 5-8 games on it at a time, and they would rotate every month) Seems like a much better price structure to me. 9.99 a month to play whatever limited rotating catalog is there, i think a number of gamers would pay for that, but with the prices the way they are talking it will fail (after it makes moms and dads angry at their kids for their 200 a month gaming bill)
That isn't a fair comparison. Not everybody was able to get the Sega Channel because of technological limitations. Unlike now where Sony's crap is delivered via internet.
Case in point: I lived in Iowa (which is still in the stone age as far as I am concerned) when the Sega Channel came out. I asked the precursor for MediaConArtists (otherwise known as Mediacom, a Comcast offshoot) for it and they gave me herp derp about how they were unable to get it. Basically they said that they were limited, technology wise, from providing it. Granted, the channel didn't last long and it made sense that they didn't want to upgrade the system for one channel. Then again, they got assimilated by the MediaCon Borg a few years later and provided shitty "blazing speeds" that disconnect at random (or whenever they felt like it) for hours on end in my area.
Now at days: If your town can get internet via broadband, you can get Sony's deal. Provided of course the area in Iowa doesn't think Broadband is a witch that needs burned at the stake.