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PlayStation Vue is losing its Viacom-owned channels on November 11, Sony has announced. That means that PlayStationVue subscribers can say goodbye to popular channels like Comedy Central, MTV, and Spike, among others.

Viacom properties have been part of PlayStation Vue packages since the latter launched last spring.

Presumably, this is a money issue. In a blog post announcing the decision, Sony said that the company “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.” Per Multichannel News, however, the price of PlayStation Vue will not be changing.

It's not all bad news for PlayStation Vue subscribers: the service is adding some new channels on November 9, including BBC America and NBA TV. CBS and FOX stations are reportedly coming soon.

Viacom channels are still available on other skinny bundle OTT services. PlayStation Vue's arch-rival, Dish-owned Sling TV, still offers Viacom properties, and Viacom also has a deal with AT&T-owned newcomer DIRECTV NOW.

2 thoughts on “PlayStation Vue Is About to Lose a Bunch of Channels

  1. Anne says:

    This really sucks. I liked PlayStation Vue. But their DVR method was a bit strange. It has started beginning shows maybe five minutes in and it ends the show five minutes early. My niece and my daughter were watching “Tangled” and they come running and screaming into the kitchen because the movie cut off 15 minutes before it ended. I like I can binge watch a bunch of shows I “recorded”, which is pretty much why I like this over sling. But no music videos?! I admit, I don’t watch a lot of them, but it’s nice to just see some once in awhile (MTV and VH1 have stopped showing videos altogether). Losing the videos and having a teen that loves music is making me think it’s time to go.

  2. Peter says:

    Comedy Central and Spike won’t be missed. Good riddance to MTV, the septic tank of cable television. I’m in it just for the sports, the access to major networks, and for the cloud DVR. PlayStation Vue’s interface is clunky and confusing on Roku, but much much better on Android TV, where it has the TV guide that Roku has been missing.

    As always with cable TV replacements, I’m in just for football season. Amazon and Netflix always offer better ad-free shows, there are plenty of good free options like PBS, YouTube, and TED, and for anyone who knows how to access the Internet via a streaming box, the possibilities are endless.

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