The companies didn't disclose financial terms of their agreement.
Sony Network Entertainment Business Group Executive Andrew House says the online service will "combine the live TV content people love most about cable with the dynamic experience they have come to expect from our network." The company says that it will offer its online customers "live TV and video on demand from major programmers" including Viacom. It will provide additional info about the new service "in the near future."
Dish Network also plans an Internet offering that would provide some pay TV channels at a lower price than consumers typically pay. Verizon also is working on what's known in the trade as an over-the-top service.