It was recently reported by the Wall Street Journal that Sony has allegedly finalized preliminary deals with Viacom. This news could possibly be detrimental to Microsoft’s next generation system because it basically takes what the Xbox One can do with TV media and does it even better. While Microsoft is busy trying to streamline your entertainment by enhancing your current cable and/or satellite subscriptions, Sony is busy making those expensive subscriptions a thing of the past.
With Sony’s internet TV service, users can expect to either pay nothing (which has been the theme for a lot of Sony’s features), be part of the PlayStation Plus community, or pay a nominal fee to gain access to the service. Regardless of the cost, it is sure to be less than whatever we all have been paying our cable and satellite TV providers. However, what we must keep in mind is that this internet TV service hinges on what media outlets Sony is able to obtain. If they aren’t able to get enough support there wont be enough substance to make the service a good alternative to many consumers that watch a great variety of shows from different media outlets. Regardless, what Sony is trying to accomplish here is a great idea and if it comes to fruition it could be even better than what Microsoft is offering.
Moreover, the deal with Viacom is a good sign in favor of the PlayStation 4 because it shows that what Sony is offering is good enough for even the biggest players in the TV media industry. If they are able to do the same with CBS, Disney, and Time Warner they will have some serious momentum going into talks with other media providers.