By now, you all know that I'm a huge fan of "cutting the cord" on cable to save money on monthly bills. Cable companies are annoying to deal with and can charge you over $100 a month for packages that include a bunch of channels you don't even want.
That's why streaming media players and other cord-cutting services are so great. You can find most of the shows you want to watch for a fraction of the price of cable. Personally, I love Apple TV. I use it with my Netflix account to send movies and shows right to my TV. If I can't find a show on Netflix, I can probably purchase episodes through iTunes for only a few dollars per episode.
But, I know that some of you are still wary about getting rid of cable altogether, because you don't want to take any chances of missing your favorite shows. Streaming services are adding more and more shows to their catalogs every day, but that's still not a guarantee that you'll be able to find everything you're looking for.
Well, I have some great news that should ease your fears. There's a new streaming service coming to the market, and it just signed a deal to bring a bunch of your favorite channels to cord-cutters everywhere.
There's been rumors going on for a while now that Sony is planning on launching an online TV service for people tired of paying huge prices for cable. It looks like the company is getting closer to debuting the product, because it just announced a major partnership with Viacom.
The deal will bring 22 of Viacom's channels to Sony's cloud-based service, which doesn't have a name yet. That means you'll be able to stream content from channels like CMT, Comedy Central and VH1. Your kids should be happy, too - the deal includes child-friendly Nickelodeon! This is a big deal because it's the first time we've seen an entire network agree to bring a full slate of channels to cord cutters. You'll be able to watch the channels on multiple Internet-connected gadgets.
Viewers will be able to access the service through Sony’s PlayStation video game console or through mobile devices like the iPad. Users will have access to live streams as well as archived shows.
But, don't get too excited yet. Sony hasn't announced when the product will be available for purchase. We also don't know exactly how much it will cost. But, the company is planning to start testing the service this year. If you can't wait, check out my Streaming Media Player Comparison Chart to see which gadget you should buy today!
Sony will offer services from at least 22 of Viacom's networks at launch, including BET, CMT, Comedy Central, MTV, MTV2, Nickelodeon, Nick Jr., Nicktoons, Spike, TV Land and VH1, BET Gospel, Centric, Logo, CMT Pure Country, MTV Hits, MTV James, mtvU, Palladia, TeenNick, VH1 Classic and VH1 Soul and all available HD.
The deal will also give Sony users access to all of Viacom's on-demand content and its TV Everywhere websites and apps. Currently, Viacom has TV Everywhere apps for Nickelodeon, MTV, Comedy Central, BET, VH1, CMT and Logo.
Sony is also in talks to add even more content before it launches its streaming service. It's also reportedly working on deals with Discovery Communications, Disney, 21st Century Fox and Time Warner. If even a few of those deals go through, that's a huge win for cable cutters everywhere! It's also a huge blow for all of the cable providers that rely on exclusive deals with content networks to make their expensive packages attractive to customers.