Sony plans to launch internet TV service in US later this year, Viacom on board

By Stephany Nunneley
19 September 2014 21:26 GMT

Sony Computer Entertainment plans to launch its previously rumored Internet TV service in the US by the end of the year.

Speaking with the Wall Street Journal, CEO Andrew House said the company is in talks with various content partners, and WSJ confirmed an August report stating Sony and Viacom has struck a streaming deal.

Viacom’s channels include MTV, Nickelodeon, Paramount, Comedy Central, VH1 and Spike.

Other partners Sony is purportedly in discussions with include Disney, Time Warner and Showtime.

“A streaming-based approach needs to have a very wide funnel of devices, and that inherently means a broad- and manufacturer-agnostic approach,” House told the trade paper during TGS 2014.

This “wide funnel of devices” would include PlayStation 4, the company’s Bravia televisions, Vita and is looking into adding its mobile division into the mix as well as tablets. The plan also includes game streaming.

Sony introduced its latest mobile, the Xperia Z3, during a Berlin tradeshow earlier this month noting it has the ability to stream PS4 games remotely if connected to Wi-Fi.

Thanks, GI International.

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