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Viacom deal could bring live TV to the PlayStation 4
Viacom deal could bring live TV to the PlayStation 4
August 16, 2013 | By Mike Rose

August 16, 2013 | By Mike Rose
More: Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Newsbrief: When the Xbox One was first revealed, Microsoft was keen to stress the live TV functionality and "all-in-one entertainment system" potential of the console. It would appear that Sony isn't planning on being left behind, as the company this week revealed a tentative deal with Viacom.

Sony is in the process of building its own Internet TV service, and this deal between Sony and Viacom to allow popular cable channels like Nickelodeon and MTV on Sony devices is the first of its kind between a major TV programmer and a large technology company, reports the Wall Street Journal.

Although Sony has not yet revealed its intentions for television on the upcoming PlayStation 4, it's certainly possible that the company's TV service could be made available via the console in the future -- and the WSJ reports that a person familiar with the situation says the TV service will indeed launch on PS4 early next year.

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Kevin Clough
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The reports I read also mentioned the service would be coming to the PS3. The only way this interests me is if I can pick and choose my channels or at least have targeted channel packages. If it turns out to be $100/month for 250 channels then I have no interest. It also has to have some sort of time-delayed watching because I watch almost no TV live.

Eric Geer
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I've been wanting this from any TV provided forever. I want some A la carte service on my TV not the dinner buffet. Right now, the video services like Hulu/Netflix/Amazon are doing it for me right now, but a newer option like this would draw me in.