The lights are on
In a deal that could be a landmark in the transition from
cable television to streaming Internet TV service, Sony and entertainment
industry giant Viacom has tentatively agreed to bring live TV to a new Sony
The New York Times says, "The agreement is believed to be the first of its kind between
a major programmer and any of the technology giants that are trying to disrupt
traditional modes of TV delivery. If other programmers follow suit, Sony's
as-yet-unnamed service would let paying subscribers receive live cable channels
the same way they use on-demand libraries like Netflix or Hulu."
course this deal is still tentative, but the implications are obvious. Viacom
owns many of the most popular cable TV channels including MTV, Comedy Central,
and Nickelodeon. The company has feuded with cable and satellite providers
recently, resulting in temporary blackouts on DirectTV. Viacom controlling
owner Sumner Redstone also holds a controlling interest in CBS, which is
currently blacked out on Time Warner cable over contract negotiations.
also important for gamers, as Sony's PlayStation line of consoles and handhelds
would be a likely distribution hub for its new service.
Wall Street Journal and New York Times]
to reader Dan Talarico for the news tip.]
Our Take:If this is true, this could be the first chink in the armor of cable television. While "cord cutting" has become more commonplace, with many (like myself) ditching their cable for Netflix Instant, Hulu, and other online methods of TV delivery, so far the ability to watch live television has been fairly limited. While the Xbox One has touted its live TV capabilities, that will be delivered into your console through a cable box. Today, you can watch ESPN through your TV, but only if you are a subscriber to an approved cable provider. If Sony has really convinced Viacom to go around cable providers and bring their content directly to Sony's service, that's a huge step.
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I would love to kick cable to the curb and start watching shows through my PlayStation! I hope services like this will allow for compiling a custom list of channels that you want to pay for. I don't watch much TV, so I don't feel the need to pay for hundreds of channels when I only tune in to a select few.
This would be cool if it comes with ps+ and you if you dont need a cablebox because tv for only $50 a year is great.
I still have to pay a cable company (or some such similar) $80/month for broadband service. I'm sure it could be less where I live, except that's the only "choice." FiOS isn't available in my neighborhood.
They should just make it part of Playstation Plus!
This sounds promising for so many other things than just consoles.
At this point, the only reason we keep traditional TV (we have a dish) is for a paltry few channels like Investigation Discovery, Cartoon Network, the Science Channel, and FSN so we have access to Twins and Wild games.
This would be an amazing step forward in the cable TV arena.
...and it won't work in my country either :S
Cool but I won't pay if you can get everything on TV for free anyways.
Call me when i can actually pay for channels i want instead of packages.
I'm in it for the games Sony, but thanks anyway. This will be good news for some, I'm sure.
Pay Sony or pay the cable company. What's the difference?