Sony's PlayStation Vue live television service will drop all Viacom-owned networks including MTV and Comedy Central on Friday in a move that one executive calls an effort to "offer the most compelling value to our fans."
PlaySation Vue vice president Dwayne Benefield on Tuesday announced the change in a blog post, noting that as the Viacom networks leave the service, they will be replaced by channels from BBC America, NBA TV and more local broadcast stations from CBS and Fox. "We will continue to expand the PlayStation Vue service by adding devices and networks that are highly requested by our fans," wrote Benefield.
Sony launched Vue in 2015 as one of the first skinny bundles delivered over the internet. It offers a range of plans - from 60 channels for $40 a month to 100 channels for $75 a month - as well as add-ons.
Vue competes in an increasingly competitive market for live streaming TV, including Dish's Sling TV and, soon, forthcoming services from Hulu and YouTube. Sling TV recently added Viacom channels to its offering via themed add-ons.
Viacom's channels are being dropped from Vue in the midst of upheaval at the company. Bob Bakish was named acting president and CEO of the conglomerate in late October following news of the departure of interim CEO Tom Dooley. He also will oversee Viacom's network of cable channels.
A spokesman for Viacom did not immediately respond to a request for comment.