September 20, 2019
As media distribution competition intensifies, existing carriage agreements are changing.
Sony’s online TV service PlayStation Vue warned on its website that it may soon lose WarnerMedia’s HBO, Cinemax and NBA TV, among other programming.
“Most of the programming/content you watch on PlayStation Vue is licensed from programmers for the right to air their networks/channels,” read the site. “Once these agreements near expiration, we enter into renewal discussions where we work hard to try and obtain the best value for our customers.”
While Vue has license agreements with WarnerMedia through the end of the month, the AT&T subsidiary is reportedly looking for increased subscriber commitments from licensees.
Dish Network recently dropped HBO from its satellite and online service Sling TV due to the demands. CEO Charlie Ergen recently argued Dish users could subscribe to HBO Now separately if they wanted the programming he has no interest in subsidizing.
With Vue subscriptions reportedly trailing Sling, AT&T TV, YouTube TV, Sony is trying to streamline programming costs.
“Though infrequent, sometimes certain licenses will not be renewed, in which case PlayStation Vue would no longer carry the affected channels or networks,” read the site. “This section will be updated periodically to list channels and networks coming up for renewal.”