Today Sony warned PlayStation Vue subscribers that they soon may lose Cinemax and HBO. This news comes as Dish recently dropped HBO from both DISH and Sling TV packages. AT&T reportedly demanded a price hike and asked Dish to guarantee a minimum number of HBO subscribers. Dish pushed back saying they didn’t want to force customers who don’t want to pay for HBO. Dish went on to say its customers could just get HBO Now if they want it. Now it seems that Sony is also struggling to get a deal with AT&T to keep HBO.
According to Sony, PlayStation Vue has until the end of September to reach a new deal or they will have to drop HBO and Cinemax from PlayStation Vue. In a statement on PlayStation Vue’s website, Sony said:
Most of the programming/content you watch on PlayStation™Vue is licensed from programmers for the right to air their networks/channels. Once these agreements near expiration, we enter into renewal discussions where we work hard to try and obtain the best value for our customers. Though infrequent, sometimes certain licenses will not be renewed, in which case PlayStation™Vue would no longer carry the affected channels or networks. This section will be updated periodically to list channels and networks coming up for renewal. Please note that the dates listed below are subject to change.
- NBA TV
Interestingly, Sony did warn customers about the NBA TV renewal more than a month ago but are just now bringing up this news about Cinemax and HBO.
Cord Cutters News has reached out for comment to Sony and AT&T we will post updates as we learn more.
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