Sony’s PlayStation Vue has a massive amount of negotiations to do this month. According to Sony their deals with AMC Networks, Discovery Communications, NBCUniversal, and Turner Networks all need to be renewed in June 2019. Next month July 2019 the NFL Network deal will also need to be renewed.
Here is the statement Sony posted on the PlayStation Vue website about these negotiations:
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.
- AMC Networks
- Discovery Communications
- Turner Networks
- NFL Network
Talks like this are not new and typically a deal is made without the need for any blackouts. Sadly though Sony does have a history of just dropping channels with almost no warning. Not that long ago Sinclair and Tribune-owned networks ended up being dropped with less than a 24 hours notice to subscribers. Hopefully, that will not happen this time.
Cord Cutters News will be watching these talks as closely as we can and will post updates as we learn more about PlayStation Vue’s channel lineup.
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