With the ample number of streaming services that consoles now offer (particularly the entertainment-powerhouse Xbox 360), cable boxes are uncomfortably in danger of being replaced.
However, cable companies have finally rolled out their answer to such streaming services: streaming videogames… and it's oddly appropriate.
U.S. cable providers Time Warner, AT&T, and Verizon are all currently attempting a push to offer streaming games directly from cable boxes, which are set to go on trial sometime in 2013.
And make no mistake: these games won't be casual experiences like Angry Birds. The trio of cable providers wants to offer full-blown triple-A affairs, though controllers for these games are still up in the air. The cable companies are said to be debating using smartphones as controllers, but it seems more likely that they'll offer a physical gamepad.
Details on the streaming service are still scant. Nothing has been said in terms of pricing or plans, but such a streaming service isn't something easily blown off. Cable providers already have the infrastructure of a cable box in place and the capital to pull such a streaming service off to rival consoles.