PlayStation Vue Dropping Several Viacom-owned channels

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According to a post on the PlayStation Blog, Sony’s television streaming service PlayStation Vue is getting rid of more than 20 channels this Friday— all of them owned by media group Viacom. This will see channels like MTV, Comedy Central, Spike and Nickelodeon made unavailable to PlayStation Vue subscribers.

Dwayne Benefield, head of PlayStation Vue, announced this change in channel lineup today, saying, “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.”

The change that will be implemented and be in effect at 12:01 a.m. ET on Nov. 11, affects all BET channels, Centric, CMT channels, Comedy Central, Logo, MTV channels, Nickelodeon channels, Spike, Tr3s, TV Land and VH1. According to a support FAQ, “Viacom programming will no longer be available through” PlayStation Vue’s DVR-like My Shows feature.

PlayStation Vue subscribers will be getting some new channels this week to smooth out the loss of all things on Viacom. Sony is adding BBC America, Vice, NBA TV and other channels to its Vue lineup.

 Throughout the year, Sony has added several networks, including ESPN, NFL Network, HBO and Cinemax, to its Vue service, and expanded support to more non-PlayStation devices, including Roku, Android TV, Mac and Windows PC.
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