Sony Reaches Programming Deal With Viacom for Online Pay-TV Service

Sony Corp. has reached a preliminary agreement with Viacom Inc. to carry the media company's cable channels on its planned Internet-based TV service, a person familiar with the matter said, a significant boost for the Japanese company as it races to secure content rights against technology firms vying to offer similar services.

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GribbleGrunger1582d ago

Bring this to PS3 and suddenly I can see another reason the 12GB PS3 makes sense. No cable box required.

Ghost_of_Tsushima1582d ago

Wouldn't this makes more sense than pluging a cable box in like the Xbox One allows?

NewMonday1582d ago

maybe this will push over Cable networks to jump in.

golding891582d ago (Edited 1582d ago )

This just in: 100% of PS4 fans now think having a TV function is innovative and ok now

I guess better late than never for sony. I for one always thought they needed to do this. good for them

@all.. there we go with the "focus entirely" excuse. gimme a break guys lol I know you guys love me :-p

GribbleGrunger1582d ago

I knew it wouldn't be long before the hypocrisy card was pulled. The issue was MS focused 'entirely' on TV at their reveal and the only reason they changed that focus is because of public outcry. People need to stop moving the goalposts to fit their agenda.

mxrider21991582d ago

@golding it takes away the cable box and would probs be not behind a paywall so if anythign its innovative bc ur system is the cable box not a cable box hooked to anothe rbox

NewMonday1582d ago


the problem is the focus, and the side attractions don't get in the way of the main purpose. the camera and media are available but are not forced or undercut gaming.

pedrof931582d ago

Well if this is true good.

At least we don't need to plug a cable box in the console. So Ps4 becomes the One in all innovation that they claim to have brought. And in a better way.

Whitefire1582d ago

I believe Sony has had their LiveTV app on PS3 for a couple of years now. It's hardly innovative to stream TV to your console.

HiddenMission1582d ago


Still don't think it's innovative but as an added feature it's cool on both consoles. Plus if I'm reading this correctly I won't need a cable box with my PS4 where as with the XBOXONE you will...but I could be reading this incorrectly.

Virus2011582d ago


"The issue was MS focused 'entirely' on TV at their reveal and the only reason they changed that focus is because of public outcry."

That's incorrect. Microsoft announced before the May 21st reveal that their console reveal would be two parts. The first part (May21st) was the console/features reveal and the second would focus on games.

Check the date.

fr0sty1582d ago

Fanboys crying that would-be PS4 owners now want TV function... there's a difference between an HDMI port on your console that you have to plug a pre-existing cable box (if compatible) into vs. an online tv service that replaces your cable box.

It's apples to oranges. A Paywalled HDMI input with a cable guide is not the same as a standalone internet TV service.

No_Limit1582d ago


Agreed. LOL, I like it that the oppositions just love to sidetracked what MS had already said about how they were going to reveal the XB1. The first reveal was clearly stated that it will be about introducing the function of the system and the entertainment features and E3 will be all about Games, Games, Games. Both came out true and it got somehow twisted into " MS focused 'entirely' on TV at their reveal and the only reason they changed that focus is because of public outcry."

Oh, well, just another day on N4G.

British_Knight1582d ago

Haha. Sony fans will say anything to bash Microsoft and XB1 to praise Sony and PS4. Everyone lambasted Microsoft for making XB1 an entertainment hub. Now, since Sony is venturing into Pay-TV it's a good idea.

Microsoft revealed an MTV app that people can use to watch MTV shows on-demand. Everyone, mostly PS4 supporters, said that MTV sucks (I agree to an extent). On the other hand, Sony's deal with Viacom will include MTV since Viacom owns MTV.

If you read the Wall Street Journal you'll discover that Son'y plans aren't far off from Microsoft's, but they are a step behind. Sony has to secure deals with individual company's: Disney, MTV which will be included in the deal with Viacom, whereas Microsoft is negotiating with cable providers: AT&T U-Verse, Directv and Time Warner; Microsoft's deal will include every channel available through the cable provider.

creatchee1582d ago

The disagrees for Virus201 and No_Limit remind me of this:

WrAiTh Sp3cTr31582d ago

Hypocrisy is hypocrisy which is why I can't take sony fans serious.

JokesOnYou1582d ago (Edited 1582d ago )

"The issue was MS focused 'entirely' on TV at their reveal and the only reason they changed that focus is because of public outcry."

"Well if this is true good."

"At least we don't need to plug a cable box in the console."

".. there's a difference between an HDMI port on your console that you have to plug a pre-existing cable box (if compatible) into vs. an online tv service that replaces your cable box."

-....and just like that folks TV is now a attractive feature because sony said so. lol, wow, the hypocrisy is astounding but very entertaining.

-This is exactly why I said xbox fans have to have thick skin, micro/X1 is not perfect but I know this is a perfect example of why they always make minor things seem bigger than they are and make positives seem negative. I cuold understand if they were saying "'meh who cares" or "why is sony doing tv deals for ps4, I can just watch tv or a bluray without this, focus on games", but no all I hear is why this is OK NOW. Thats why nobody takes the constant grand standing by sonyfanboys seriously.

WrAiTh Sp3cTr31582d ago

gribble, where and when did MS focus entirely on TV?

Point it out for me..

gaffyh1582d ago

It's just IPTV, nothing really new here. I believe MS already tried this and gave up on it, which is why they went the cable box route.

black0o1582d ago

@golding89: X1 revel was all about TV TV TV ... and yet sony at e3 gve like 20 mint to the entertainment department ''boring'' but it was 20 out of 120 mints and again we want x1/ps4 to hve other services but we want the games to remin at the CORE/hart

just like sony's doing with PS4

pedrof931582d ago


This has been available on Ps3. This must a last hour feature that Sony pulled. Partially similar to all last minute 90° 180° and 360° turns that your beloved system took.

I don't mean to offend you, but apparently Ps4 is becoming a "All in One" due to all features that were announced. They should change their phrase, now it must be "Greatness in one".

PSVita1582d ago

@the_infected- maybe in the US and UK but I would think its easier to to have an HDMI IN considering how cable companies vary around the world. Great new none the less.

CYCLEGAMER1582d ago (Edited 1582d ago )

For all of those who say its about focus LISTEN:

MS is a company with a product, at their unveiling, they showed everything that their PRODUCT was capable of. Which is what companies usually do when they have a product.

E3 IS FOR GAMING, and all they did was show u games NOTHING ELSE.

Sony almost did the opposite, showed games at the reveal, then showed a bunch of social, tv, and other crap at e3 (along with games).

Is that not backwards to you all? MS did what they were supposed to do.

How can you say that Microsoft is not focused on games? Look at its lineup of GAMES.

You all can disagree all you want, but the truth is the truth. MS does something: enable tv = bad
Sony does something: create a tv service = good
MS: charges for online play = greedy
Sony: charge for online play = Smart

You guys do not see your hypocritical nature??????

It amazes me!

darthv721582d ago at the goalpost remark

truth is Ms has been playing both end of the field. one end has the tv features and the other end has the games.

both ends have a goal post in the same spot. no moving needed...just them playing both sides. now that sony has joined the game, Ms wont have to play both sides by themselves.

Now the game is really on. superbowl time.

Outside_ofthe_Box1582d ago

I don't really get why people are acting like Sony has never had any sort of TV feature/functionality before. The fact that people are ignorant in regards to that shows where Sony's true focus relies.

It's just now in the light of MS's goal of an all in one entertainment box that now people are making a fuss about it.

Unless I'm missing the part where Sony has been marketing the the PS4 as an all in one entertainment box all this time since it's reveal.

Either way this will just be an added plus that some will use and some will not if Sony is able to finalize the deal. It won't be a core feature of the console.

MRMagoo1231582d ago

WTF are all you xboner fannies doing in here anyway i thought it was a sony site where sony fans trolled all the xbone news (bad news cos thats all xbone gets lol) gtfo and go get a life you sad lil kids. This is nothing like what MS is doing at all and will probably not be behind a paywall like everything on the xbone. I could care less about TV features i wont be using my ps4 to watch tv,It will be used for gaming.

Oner1582d ago (Edited 1582d ago )

@ WrAiTh Sp3cTr3, Here ya go ~

But to specifically clarify this SniperControl below replied to your comment perfectly

"...they are not talking about E3, they are talking about the reveal back in May, where MS showed hardly any games and talked about TV more than anything else."

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ohiostatesman1582d ago

Sony now copying MS. I'm so confused. Why are PS fans loving this now! Why are there so many hypocrites here. TVTVTVTV. I never seen so many happy Sony fans who are now loving about paying for online and TV and headsets and party chat. It's amazing really.

thechosenone1582d ago

Holy cow, Sony is trying to murder MS. xD Go, Sony!

Oner1582d ago (Edited 1582d ago )

Uhh ohiostatesman then how do you explain PlayTV being on PS3 basically doing this before XB1?

Does that now mean you are saying MS copied Sony? Also I don't see many people in this news going crazy saying they "love" this. If anything I see more people saying things along the lines of "cool optional feature if I might need it"

SilentNegotiator1582d ago (Edited 1582d ago )

I'll make this easy for the xbox fanboys calling the "hypocrisy" card.

Xbox One = Cable Box daisychain
This = Streaming TV service

Understand now? +1 trolling for the trolls pulling the "hypocrisy" card.

BattleAxe1582d ago

The Xbox One is big enough on its own, nevermind the fact that you need a cable box in addition for it to work. The best part is that this will probably come to PS3, so there's no upgrade required, and my PS3 Slim is smaller than an Xbox One, which can only mean one thing.....PS3>Xbox Gone.

wsoutlaw871582d ago

If sony can streem tv and save me money from these crazy cable companies that would be great. That is very different than xb one which just uses the box you already have.

rainslacker1582d ago (Edited 1582d ago )


Don't call out hypocrisy like this. It was three posts before you decided it was all PS fans that are now excited for TV functions.

Also, learn what PlayTV is before you even bother to make the comparison. It's been on the PS3 for a while now, and isn't remotely close to MS solution.

Dee_911582d ago

lmao @ everyone crying hypocrisy

I really love how you explained how and why its hypocrisy instead of just going, "ooOo tv good now cuz sony have tv me smart me see tv here & der so both tv same ting" and giving advice to your trolling fanboy brethren.
Great input on this pal
Besides the fact the word innovative ONLY came out of the mouth of the same people crying hypocrisy and that Sony is going about this a completely different and actually smart way, theres a plethora of differences between what Sony is doing and what MSFT is doing with TV function and a plethora of reasons one appeal over the other. I'm giving you the benefit of the doubt and assume that you actually know and recognise the abundance of differences and assume your just mad and want stir up an argument because your mad.

Flipflopp1582d ago (Edited 1582d ago )

Sony had PlayTv Europe years ago.

ShinMaster1582d ago (Edited 1582d ago )

You guys are clueless.

You seriously don't know the difference between a DVR(Xbox One) and an internet streaming service?

First of all, Sony did it first:
Xbox One is basically the PSX. A PS2 cable TV DVR (2003)
PlayTV on PS3 which people have been using for years now.
So Xbox One isn't "innovating" anything.

An internet streaming service doesn't require a cable box. It makes more sense than a cable box pass-thru because it's providing something that you don't already have.

pyramidshead1582d ago

@silent, shin and flip
Kinda funny to see all out rage xbot fans get when they finally find that peanut they were looking for right at the bottom of the troll barrel and in consequence miss the entire point of the service and its differences to the XB1.
Dat red mist!

crxss1582d ago

if sony can lock down disney and time warner then it's pretty much over for xbox one's hdmi tv features. especially if viacom's channels are included in playstation plus. i wouldn't mind paying an extra $10 for all the tv services

abzdine1582d ago (Edited 1582d ago )

big news indeed, i'm cancelling my cable TV if true, and even more if there is football i can watch cause it's the only reason why i have cable TV, for news and stuff i use internet on PC or phone

ZHZ901582d ago (Edited 1582d ago )

Wow! Sony is beating MS!

EDIT: Intersting to see Xbox fanboys calling us "hypocrites" while they are so hypocrites about the history of MS actually.

Blachek1582d ago

You Sony supporters sure are a fickle lot.

I gotta hand it to Sony though, they did a much better job presenting their console and allowing the backlash to fall on MS for their direction... before they themselves followed suit.

minimur121582d ago

is it just me or is there only half an article?

Gekko361581d ago

@all ok tv is tv. eithrr way you have to pay for it. either by having a cable subscription or a online ps4 tv subscription. I have sky tv and i love it. so it's a nobrainer to plug my sky+ box into xbox one. the only other option i have is to pay again for an online subcription however. much that is. mind you sky+ has the biggest uk on demand service as well as all the channels i want. i had the sky app on the 360 and it was great but the xbox one has all i want in one interface. how cool is that.!!!

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XisThatKid1582d ago (Edited 1582d ago )

Yea didn't everyone say that this was goin to be X1's Ace in the hole? Yea this isn't important but its cool and def a great addition to an already presumed great console. Yea When this was an Xbox exclusive everyone on Sony's side was all boos and geers but I'm just glad Sony isn't advertising it as a cable box and games second ya know. All the bells and whistles are an added plus. This is ok for me I haven't paid for Cable TV in 14+ years so this Netflix and Hulu and torrents I may never agian.

iamnsuperman1582d ago (Edited 1582d ago )

"but I'm just glad Sony isn't advertising it as a cable box"

And that is the big difference. People were not booing Microsoft for TV functionality but for the fact it was such a big focus. Their "Ace in the hole" (if you don't mind me using your words). Now if Sony spends all of gamescom talking about this then I will verbal criticise them. I doubt they will do this though. We have had Netflixx, Iplayer....on our previous consoles and adding more is a natural step up. However, the big thing is these things are still games consoles. What Microsoft did was draw attention away from that using buzzwords like "watercooler" and making TV seem like a huge focus. People still buy consoles to play games. Things like TV are the "nice" but not so important extras.

Jazz41081582d ago

Sony is going to claw and scratch and fight this whole gen because if the ps4 goes down then sony does as well as they are really close to sinking according to the financial websites. Sony is fighting for the life of there company.

XboxFun1582d ago (Edited 1582d ago )


No goal posts were moved gribble.

There is no doubt from anyone here that the sony camp were relentless in calling the Xbox One a cable box or as you incorrectly mentioned the focus was too heavy on TV.

The early comments on N4G blew up and gained maximum heat from most posters criticizing MS and not wanting anything to do with TV for their gaming machine. And even when these features were always OPTIONAL it did not stop them from still mocking the Xbox as nothing more than a cable box.

As I have said before Sony was and IS going for the same goals as MS. To compete for dominance in the living room space. At least MS was more transparent in their goals.

But I am positive that these features for the PS4 will remain quiet and not gain as near enough traction as it did for MS. Either that or a spin cycle set to super. Which I am already seeing with comments (gotta love the sony fans on this site).

And MS is also securing TV deals with companies to do the same as Sony in this article they have already announced original programming. The whole HDMI in is an extra feature the Xbox One can do.

iceman061582d ago

I think that most gamers (Sony, Xbox, etc.) and the media walked away from the reveal underwhelmed. Why? Because the focus was not on the console as a gaming machine FIRST. MS billed it as the all-in-one entertainment device for the living room. You know when the last time we heard that was...PS3? Remember all of the comments of.."it's just a Blu-ray player? I want my console for games!" Then post reveal, somehow the tide changed and TV became cool and innovative somehow.
Point being, it's an added feature and it is good for those that like that much TV. It's not really special...for either's just know...the same TV that most of either have already or have chosen NOT to have.

nugnugs1581d ago

"At least MS was more transparent in their goals."
Need I type more?

MrBeatdown1581d ago (Edited 1581d ago )

"At least MS was more transparent in their goals."

Right. Who would have ever thought that a company that makes TV, and content, and TV content, and a console that's tagline was "It only does everything" would ever offer non-gaming features on their new console?

Sony totally snuck that one past us all. Should have mentioned TV at E3 or something. They did? Oh, well, maybe they should have put up a big screen that showed lots of non-game TV apps to really get the point across, like this...

Oh, wait, that IS from E3.

Come out from under your rock some time. Weather is nice up here.

KiLLUMiNATi_891582d ago (Edited 1582d ago )

Praise praise Sony now lmao... They bash MS for this but now N4Sony are ok with this.. Lmaoooo...

Sony n MS are aiming at the same crowd weather N4Sony like it or not... They both want to dominate the Living room... Praise praise....

MRMagoo1231582d ago

except sony will dominate unlike MS with there bad news 180 console lol.

ShinMaster1582d ago

You guys are clueless.

You seriously don't know the difference between a DVR(Xbox One) and an internet streaming service?

First of all, Sony did it first:
The PSX. A PS2 cable TV DVR (2003)
PlayTV on PS3 (2008)
So Xbox One isn't "innovating" anything.

PS4 doesn't require a cable box.

showtimefolks1582d ago

You know what I don't get is how now all of the sudden every gaming site is run by playstation fanboys, it was that long ago when it was all about he almight xbox360 and MS so what goes around comes around

I for one am very glad because I had to sit through hundreds of ps3 doom or Sony going out of business articles or how Sony should get out of the console business

I don't have cable so if this is true I am interested, as long as I won't need another cable box to plug thought I am up for trying this

Notice how when Sony announces something that don't take it back within few months because they haven't made a lot of bone headed moves

Ausbo1582d ago

I don't think sony should do this. Its a good idea and all, but every sony supporter on this site rips on the xbox for doing tv...........but wait, since sony is investing in tv, it must be the right thing to do!!!!!!!!!!

ShinMaster1582d ago

You seriously don't know the difference between a DVR(Xbox One) and an internet streaming service?

First of all, Sony did it first:
Xbox One is basically the PSX. A PS2 cable TV DVR (2003)
PlayTV on PS3 which people have been using for years now.
So Xbox One isn't "innovating" anything.

An internet streaming service doesn't require a cable box. It makes more sense than a cable box pass-thru because it's providing something that you don't already have.

Gamer19821582d ago

This will come to PS4 no doubt in my mind, MS been after a deal like this for years and Sony beat them to the punch they gotta be gutted they did it. This deal could shift them millions more PS4s as they could subsidize the box in return for a contract.

DA_SHREDDER1582d ago

that would save me over 50 bucks a month, i got 5 hd tvs and cable boxes cost over 10 a month to rent

Xsilver1582d ago

i haven't watched cable in three years which is why i didn't care about the xone tv stuff since i knew i would have to get a cable company. But i go online to watch walking dead the community and parks and rec but if this is true then why not, since Sony owns most of these shows then that means i can stream them on my PS4 no cable box required add that in with Ps+ and i'm good.
Is it me or is Sony becoming the all in one box with gaikai you get all old games to stream which is BC in its own way now stream tv without needing another box.

Notramagama1581d ago

This is ALREADY on xbox 360. FOR FREE!!! VIACOM MTV, NICKELODEON, AND CC apps. Sony fans stay blinded

HammadTheBeast1581d ago

It's behind a pay wall and more like YouTube gtfo.

alb18991581d ago

Sudenly every one is ok with a console capable of featuring this things!

All what you fans criticize from X1 just were tears because you SONY fans wanted the same......oh man!

kenshiro1001581d ago

For all the 360 fans crying don't get it, do you? Microsoft just focused on entertainment and not enough on games.

That was the issue.

But keep trying guys. Maybe one day your 'ah-ha' moment will come.

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ZodTheRipper1582d ago

If it's gaining them money that they can spend on game budgets again I'm ok with it.

timl2411582d ago

This is my problem...

Microsoft says you can plug in your cable box through the HDMI in port and you get all your TV channels. They get absolutely BLASTED for doing this feature. In my opinion, it's a great feature. Now I can instantly switch inputs between gaming and TV. Don't have to always lose the remote (big thing for me) and wait a few seconds for each input to load.

Sony says they made a deal with Viacom to allow the streaming of their channels. And now Sony fans are sucking their dicks saying this is awesome because you cut out the need for a cable box. That's all well and good, but I'd rather just hook up a simple HDMI cord to my console and have EVERY channel instead of having to stream channels that will more than likely cost to access. And don't use the cable box fees excuse. Most people here probably already own cable boxes because of their parents anyway.

All I am saying is every time MS does something it is terrible. Every time Sony follows it's great.

MS charges for online and that's bad, Sony charges and it's suddenly okay. MS makes it so you can hook your cable box (better technology), Sony makes it so you can stream some channels. Now all of a sudden Sony is great. HYPOCRISY at it's finest. I guess PS fans are infamous for it.

Khajiit861581d ago (Edited 1581d ago )

Is the cable connection free?

PS+ has free games..... EVERY MONTH.
I dont need PS+ right now to play online but I have it because it is an amazing feature. Discounts on countless games, apps, gamer pictures, dynamic themes, free games, free apps, free gamer pictures, free dynamic themes..... you get the point.

I own a 360 as well and XBL simply cannot compete.

AceBlazer131581d ago

do i think sony should start charging for online play ? hell no. but to compare ps+ to xblg is plain as hell ignorant. dont go preaching about hypocrisy when xbox fans show their relief for every feature that has been changed to this point , the same features that they were supporting the day before.