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.

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.

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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?

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.

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.

sladakrobot
sladakrobot

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

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.

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.