Wednesday, August 01, 2018

Viacom Channels May Be Coming Back To PlayStation Vue

Just over a year ago, Viacom pulled their programming from over-the-top subscription service PlayStation Vue. According to Viacom at the time they wanted to focus on cable TV service instead of streaming services. However, as Viacom is renewing its focus on streaming services, it looks like Viacom channels may be returning to PlayStation Vue very soon!

Cord Cutters News is reporting that earlier today (Tuesday, July 31), Viacom channels suddenly returned to PlayStation Vue's Electronic Program Guide (EPG) - along with A&E Networks channels - on select devices. However, the channels were removed again later in the day.

It's currently unknown whether this was a mistake by PlayStation Vue, or if they are in early stages of adding the channels back to the service. Viacom hinted in June that they are hoping to add Viacom channels back on OTT services, such as PlayStation Vue and Hulu - and follows Viacom's recent deal with Hulu to bring hundreds of series episodes more than 20 movies from Viacom networks such as Nickelodeon and MTV to the platform.

Viacom is also in the midst of identifying intellectual property within it vaults that could be an ideal fit for a digital or linear programmer outside of Viacom. One such show is Pinky Malinky, which will bow on Netflix on Friday 17th August 2018. Viacom's MTV Studios is also rebooting cult favorite Daria, which will be shopped to outside linear networks and SVOD platforms.

Here are the channels that Viacom pulled from PlayStation Vue back in November 2016: Nickelodeon, Nick Jr., Nicktoons, NickMusic, MTV, MTV2, VH1, Comedy Central, Spike, TV Land, BET, MTV Live, MTV Classic, MTVU, Logo TV, CMT, CMT Music, BET Gospel, BET Jams, BET Soul, Centric.

Would you like to see Viacom channels back on PlayStation Vue? Let me know in the comments below!

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