Sony launching pay TV service - Report

Company reportedly reaches preliminary agreement with Viacom to carry channels like MTV and Comedy Central through PlayStation consoles and Bravia TVs as early as this year.

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The Wall Street Journal reports today that Sony has reached a preliminary agreement with mass media giant Viacom to license its channels for an Internet-based TV service.

According to a person familiar with the matter, Sony's service will allow users to stream cable channels and view on-demand content through the Internet.

No subscription price was mentioned.

Sony is aiming to launch the service by the end of the year through PlayStation consoles (presumably PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4) and its line of Bravia HDTVs, one source said.

Support for other Sony devices, like tablets and smartphones, is also in the works, the source said. The system can reportedly recommend shows for users based on what they watched previously, a feature in place already on many major services like Netflix and Amazon Instant Video, among others.

Viacom owns major networks including MTV, Nickelodeon, Comedy Central, and Spike. Sony and Viacom declined to comment on the report.

The report further claims that Sony has held discussions with other major programming companies like the Walt Disney Company, Time Warner, and GameSpot parent company CBS Corp.

A pay TV service from Sony was first outed in January, when Hollywood news site Variety heard from sources that the Japanese technology giant was in "active negotiations" with at least two major content companies to license their programming.

Competitor Microsoft is pushing TV support for its next-generation console the Xbox One. The platform aims to simplify the living room entertainment experience by allowing users to patch their cable signal in directly through the system, removing the need for extra remotes.

Microsoft is also working with Steven Spielberg on an all-new Halo TV show and has signed a deal with the NFL worth an estimated $400 million.

Discussion

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whitetiger3521
whitetiger3521

Include local channels, ESPN and NFL Network, then I might consider it

realscarygary
realscarygary

I see only 2 problems with this:


1. Noone in their right state of mind pays to watch MTV
2. This feature is already available through a nifty little program called "Plex"

phbz
phbz

This is a good thing. Be it for Xbox or PS. People who can't see why is it a good thing to have more functions on your device, while paying lower prices than on the current gen release, are morons. I wish fanboys allover stopped this absurd flaming and thinked for themselves for a minute. 

A console not being just limited to gaming is not a bad thing. PC´s do a lot more than gaming and still games on the platform are already running better than any xbox1 ans PS4 game will ever run. 

You people are just like my father complaining about phones no longer being about the "phoning".  But he is a 67 year old man. 

daemonproject
daemonproject

Sony does it and it's okay? Sony still hasn't done anything original! 

Instead of trying to flame MS of me for stating how it is! Why not explain something Sony has done that's actually original!

goutetsuo
goutetsuo

HA Sony wants collect more money from ppl that already have cable just to watch what they already have, WTF? Why not just let you use your cable you pay for already Sony? WTF is wrong with you?

blackbeltjones
blackbeltjones

Thank God Sony isnt all about stupid TV things like MS.......... ;-) Oh wait.. I forgot. Its ok for Sony to add TV "features" but if MS does it its because MS hates gamers... My bad.

csward
csward

Interesting. It's always good to give the cable/satellite companies more competition. 

Shango4
Shango4

I don't think people are understanding or interpreting the news correctly.

Sony is an electronics manufacturer as well as console maker. Part of that includes a huge influence in the HDTV market, somewhere Microsoft is not even present. The idea that Microsoft introduced television first in any way, shape or form is silly.

As the article states, this is a feature coming to their Bravia line of HDTVs as well as their gaming consoles that was already outed in January. I have a feeling the announcement is more related to their electronics division than gaming division, but they may as well implement it on both.

The problem people, not just fanboys, but lots of people, had with MS as far as TV is concerned was the way their gaming console was presented with a focus on it. The Xbox One reveal was centered on television on entertainment. On the other hand, this is a mere news article about a feature for HDTVs and gaming consoles. It's a pretty significant difference.

That said, I really couldn't care less about TV on my PS4. This article does nothing to add or remove brownie points to or from either Sony or Microsoft in my eyes. But people are finding opportunities to make this about something that it shouldn't be just for the sake of being dramatic and instigating more console flaming.

Infinity_Gauntl
Infinity_Gauntl

Great News!...Although I haven't watched regular TV since Sony adopted Netflix. I just don't think I would want to sit through commercials again.

Dat-tsu
Dat-tsu

See, if you're gonna have a TV service for your *game* console, this is how you do it; announce it as an extra feature. Don't make it the main-fucking-appeal and sole incentive to buy your console. 

megakick
megakick

Oh how Micosoft of Sony. Sony has not the leader in video games.

SOLDIER-No2
SOLDIER-No2

I don't know what people are complaining about. The article says its a paid service, so whoever is not interested in TV simply doesn't have to pay for it. No harm done to people who just want games and who have only paid for games.

No_Phonies_Here
No_Phonies_Here

HUH??????  Whats this????  You mean the ps4 I reserved is now a TV box too???? You see!!!!  This is why I say Sony is shady as shit!!!  They wait till hey get a million pre orders to dish this shit out while MS openly told everyone what their box did from day 1!!!  Unbelievable, Im cancelling my reserve!! "For gamers" what a croc of shit.  They were implimenting this tv shit from day 1 and lied to everyone thinking its just a gaming machine.  Wow arent we morons...

myjota
myjota

hahahaha ps fans for that feature on xbox maked scandal, now is silence ))))))) remember tv tv tv tv tv tv tv

blackace
blackace

Sony TV & Cable Services - Exclusive to PS4. Brought to you by Viacom. Sports & Pizza apps to follow.

farcorners
farcorners

Both Sony and Microsoft are out to get the Apple Box.

JEZOLEZ
JEZOLEZ

How stupid do PS Fanboys look right now hahaha

ModifiedCPU
ModifiedCPU

Don't we already have NETFLIX for this crap.

dkeppens
dkeppens

After making the same pathetic mistake as mickeysoft and charging for online multiplayer, the flood gates might have been opened for PS4 as well. Shove enough of that subscription crap on there and it'll turn into an xbox one. Something that aims to replace all your current devices as the one living room appliance. And in the long term, can charge through the nose for it, more than you've ever paid before at least...

straightcur
straightcur

guaranteed not to be available in Canada. (most likely a lot of countries)

NFJSupreme
NFJSupreme

i told you stupid fanboys sony was going to do the exact same thing MS is doing.  You people are just a bunch of idiot monkeys at the zoo who have nothing better to do than throw feces at the wall.  

Evildude683
Evildude683

@goutetsuo Because some of us don't watch all of those 300+ channels cable offers. I personally only watch about 8 channels not including my local stations. Why in the world would I wanna pay almost $200 a month when I can have Sony make deals with certain channels and cut the middle men out of the equation. Plus cable companies are always getting greedy with what they want TV stations to pay to show their content. Most Americans want an "a la carte" service. It may be hard for you to comprehend this as your parents may be the ones breaking their backs to put food on the table in this crappy economy, while you scratch your balls all day and complaint  about DLC not being released fast enough.

parrot_of_adun
parrot_of_adun

@blackbeltjones No one's complaining that MS is offering such a service, but that they're focusing so much more on it than on important matters. This news kinda just squeaked by compared to Sony's other press stuff.

myjota
myjota

@NFJSupreme Sony copied design of new xbox now coping and features. they doing the same like samsung coping apple

allever
allever

@NFJSupreme They aren't forcing it on you the way Microsoft is.  Are you too blind to see that?  Stupid fanboy. 

sladakrobot
sladakrobot

@HenrySix Exactly...EXCEPT the list of the X1 games at launch is just longer than for PS4

allever
allever

@myjota @NFJSupreme Considering both companies were very secretly with their designs and all... Do you have this evidence? I'm sure if you take it to the news media, you will get a lot of money.

Oh wait, you don't.  Just like the OP, you're also one of those morons whose upset with Sony getting all the glories.. and not your beloved MS...

Don't worry or get upset over nothing.  When both consoles launch later this year, they will both compete fair and square for your dollars.

No_Phonies_Here
No_Phonies_Here

MS isnt forcing it! And blah blah blah blah... Stop acting like you werent one of these assholes that thought the ps4 was gonna be different.  Sony stuck it in your ass.  I knew this would happen

allever
allever

@crazyintheface I stand corrected.  I was under the impression the tuner was built-in.  my apologies.

allever
allever

@blackace @allever Do you have some reading comprehension issues?  Re-read my post.. I already stated that.

blackace
blackace

@allever It's being launched on the PS4 as well as Bravia HDTV's stupid.

"Company reportedly reaches preliminary agreement with Viacom to carry channels like MTV and Comedy Central through PlayStation consoles and Bravia TVs as early as this year."

crazyintheface
crazyintheface

Where did they say a tv tuner is in the Xbox one? You watch tv by passing it thru the Xbox.

You are blinded by your own BS.

allever
allever

@crazyintheface @allever @NFJSupreme Sure they are.  Their tuner IS included with the Xbox One. 

The OP is so dumb, considering the TV report is not about the PS4, but a service of Sony that will be launched with their TV sets, PS3/4, etc.. 

You are blinded by your own bias.