Sony drops all channels from Viacom network, moves to fill in lineup
PlayStation Vue is losing all of its Viacom channels on Friday, including Comedy Central, MTV and Spike.
The surprise announcement came Tuesday afternoon in a blog post by Dwayne Benefield, head of PlayStation Vue.
“At PlayStation, we always strive to provide the best value and service for our fans,” he said in the post. “As part of our ongoing evaluation of the PlayStation Vue offering, we have determined that removing the bundle of channels from Viacom is the best way for us to continue to offer the most compelling value to our fans.”
Sony isn’t waiting around to fill in their channel lineup.
On Wednesday, BBC America and NBA TV will be added to channel lineups. VICE and more local stations for CBS and FOX will come soon after, according to Benefield.
(Hopefully, Sony will find a replacement for MTV Live, which carried some great live music.)
The news set off much speculation about Viacom driving up their prices. Variety in an article published on its web site that Viacom recently sold some of the same channel lineup Vue competitor Sling TV. Variety also noted that Sling isn’t reselling Viacom’s networks in bulk.
Instead, the service is using networks like MTV, Nick Jr. and BET to upsell customers to a variety of extra packs, which cost $5 per month each. The separation is also further bad news for Viacom: The media company saw its profits fall 27 percent during its most recent quarter due to declines in ad revenue.
This has been a tumultuous month of growth and change for PS Vue. Over the weekend, PS Vue added the option of being able to stream its service over PC and Macs. Sony also surprised users by expanding to Android TV. The added app allowed NVIDIA Sheild TV and Mi Box owners to begin watching PlayStation Vue on a user interface similar to what’s seen on PS4 and Amazon Fire TV.