According to sources who spoke with the LA Times, the Sony movie channel would not compete with premium channels like HBO or Showtime, but would rather be built into a paid service package much like Universal HD and MGM HD. How much would cable operators pay for the channel? Sony was apparently throwing around a $1.50 per subscriber number which was not received well by cable operators. A more realistic number may be less than half that, if Sony expects to get immediate wide distribution.
Another high-definition non-premium movie channel would be a welcome addition to any cable or satellite channel lineup. News about Fearnet becoming a linear channel broke last month with Comcast, FiOS, Cox committed to providing the channel both in standard and high-definition.