This week, we learned that CBS and Viacom have agreed to merge into a single company called ViacomCBS. This has raised many questions about what this means for services like PlayStation Vue, Sling TV, and Hulu. So, today, we want to address all of the questions we have received about the future of cord cutting in a ViacomCBS world.
In short, the good news for cord cutters is nothing is going to change anytime soon. The CBS and Viacom merger is going to take months if not a year or more to be official.
Even after the CBS and Viacom merger is completed nothing will change overnight. CBS and Viacom both have contracts in place with services like PlayStation Vue, Hulu, and Sling TV that need to be honored before any new contracts can be made. In the case of AT&T, they have just renewed their contracts with both Viacom and CBS in the last few months.
In the long run, the long-term impact on cord cutting will really come down to what the new ViacomCBS wants to do with their content. Recently Viacom has shown a willingness to bring their content to multiple cord cutting services. If this continues, you should expect to see little change in the world of cord cutting.
In the long run, the most likely outcome here is to see Viacom and CBS programming on more live TV streaming services. You should also expect to see Viacom content come to CBS All Access and CBS content come to Pluto TV.
As always, the best thing to do is to not panic and to wait for something to happen.
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