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PlayStation Vue dropping Comedy Central, MTV and other Viacom-owned channels

A big chunk of Vue’s lineup is going away

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Michael McWhertor is a journalist with more than 17 years of experience covering video games, technology, movies, TV, and entertainment.

Sony’s television streaming service, PlayStation Vue, is losing more than 20 channels — all of them owned by media conglomerate Viacom — this Friday, according to a post on the PlayStation Blog. That means channels like MTV, Comedy Central, Spike and Nickelodeon will no longer be available to PlayStation Vue subscribers.

Dwayne Benefield, head of PlayStation Vue, announced the channel lineup change today, saying, “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.”

The change, which goes into effect at 12:01 a.m. ET on Nov. 11, affects all BET channels, Centric, CMT channels, Comedy Central, Logo, MTV channels, Nickelodeon channels, Spike, Tr3s, TV Land and VH1. According to a support FAQ, “Viacom programming will no longer be available through” PlayStation Vue’s DVR-like My Shows feature.

PlayStation Vue subscribers will get a few new channels this week to help ease the loss of all things Viacom. Sony is adding BBC America, Vice, NBA TV and other channels to its Vue lineup.

Over the course of the year, Sony has added a number of networks, including ESPN, NFL Network, HBO and Cinemax, to its Vue service, and expanded support to more non-PlayStation devices, including Roku, Android TV, Mac and Windows PC.