The cable streaming service offered through the PlayStation system received some new updates today. First up is the addition of BBC America and NBA TV as soon as tomorrow. VICE and local broadcast stations from CBS and Fox are also coming soon at a later date. Sadly, all of those additions are arguably overshadowed by what the service is losing. Starting at 12:01am EST on November 11th, say goodbye to all Viacom-owned networks on PS Vue. That includes Comedy Central, Spike, MTV, Nickelodeon, BET, TV Land, and VH1.
The reason given was typical PR talk but we assume Viacom asked for too much that PlayStation was willing to give. “At PlayStation, we always strive to provide the best value and service for our fans. As part of our ongoing evaluation of the PlayStation Vue offering, we have determined that removing the bundle of channels from Viacom is the best way for us to continue to offer the most compelling value to our fans.”
A little more transparency would have been nice but it’s not the end of the world. Although you wouldn’t be able to tell that based on all the comments at the original announcement’s post over on the PlayStation Blog.