Sony really went out of their way to poke fun at Microsoft after the Xbox One's initial reveal. One such tease involved a snarky ad stating that the PS4 will also use your TV -- for games. Now, rumors of a partnership between Sony and Viacom are refuting this bit of snark, as reports claim the two companies are working toward an agreement to bring paid TV to the upcoming PS4 platform.
Sony has reportedly entered a preliminary deal with Viacom to provide cable channels for a new internet TV service on the PS4. Should this go through, Sony will have access to channels like Comedy Central, MTV, VH1, BET, Nickelodeon, Spike, and others. Meanwhile, companies like Intel and Google have already been surging forward in the internet TV race.
The partnership with Viacom would let Sony gain access to a number of channels normally offered only through cable or satellite TV, as well as on-demand shows.
Should this news prove true, it's not very surprising. While the Xbox One has received its share of flak for its plethora of other services, few can really argue against having a console that does more than play games. You are paying several hundred dollars for this piece of hardware, after all. May as well get your money's worth.