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New TV deal makes cutting cable better than ever

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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!

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