Viacom, Sony Reach Preliminary Deal For Live Streaming TV
by Karl Bode 12:24PM Friday Aug 16 2013 Tipped by mr sean
Historically, Internet video services from everyone from Apple to Google have run face first into a licensing wall, built by a legacy TV and broadcast industry that is fighting tooth and nail
against disruption and real innovation. A very small crack in that wall formed this week with a Wall Street Journal report
noting that Viacom has agreed to sell live signals of its television channels to Sony for use in the company's looming Internet TV service. From the Journal:
Like its technology rivals, Sony is planning to stream cable channels and on-demand programming over the Internet, posing new competition for cable, satellite and phone companies that sell subscription TV services...Sony would beam the service to Sony devices like its PlayStation gaming consoles and Sony TV sets, said a person familiar with the situation. It is hoping to launch the service early next year.
The rub is that there's still countless other broadcasters who won't want to strike similar deals, resulting in a catalog that's fractured at best (though Sony and Viacom content alone is a very good start).
Given the Viacom deal isn't finalized, there's also no guarantee that you wouldn't be forced to buy your channels in the same kind of massive bundles foisted upon the cable industry. Still, we're making baby steps towards more serious Internet video options -- even if that progress has come at a painfully-glacial pace over the last decade.