According to a report from the Wall Street Journal, Sony is very close to finalizing a deal to bring Viacom owned television channels to the PS4 via an internet TV service. Some notable Viacom assets include: MTV, Nickelodeon, Spike, and Comedy Central. This would give Sony a sizable amount of content to produce its own streaming TV service to compete against cable and satellite television companies. The service will likely make its debut on the Playstation 4 and will be able to make recommendations of what to watch based on subscribers viewing habits. The WSJ report also adds that Sony is also in negotiations with Walt Disney Co., Time Warner Inc., and CBS Corp.
Both the Xbox One and PS4 are going to be capable of producing high quality and graphically impressive videogames. Aside from exclusives, the main way that Microsoft and Sony will be able to differentiate their products will be to offer as many unique non-gaming services as possible. That being said, companies that do not learn from videogame history are doomed to repeat it: Consoles will always live and die by the games that they offer. The Wii U is struggling right now not because the gamepad isn’t an impressive piece of technology but because they do not have enough quality games to take advantage of it. Sony and Microsoft would be wise not to forget about the games while they work on bringing in other services to their platforms. Still, depending how the service shapes up, it could wind up being a decent alternative to traditional TV offerings.
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