ABC News reports that Nickelodeon, home of Spongebob Squarepants and the Legend of Korra, is following in the footsteps of fellow cable behemoths HBO and Showtime in planning to debut a standalone Internet offering of its content in March 2015. It’s not yet known what percentage of Nickelodeon’s present offerings or large backlog of shows will be available, but Viacom, Nickelodeon’s parent company, did allow that more information would soon be forthcoming. Said Phillipe Dauman, Viacom’s CEO: “(The new service) will target the fast-growing mobile market (and) will be very attractive for parents and children.”
Meanwhile, the cord-cutting news just keeps getting better and better. Along with the aforementioned HBO and Showtime, CBS is now offering a $6-a-month subscription service in 14 markets that offers live television, including sports. Dish Network is planning to offer packages of television channels that once required a cable or satellite subscription to view; this endeavor will feature content from Disney and Turner. Sony is doing the same, partnering with Discovery, Viacom, 21st Century Fox, and NBCUniversal, although this service will be limited to PlayStation owners at the outset. The only fly in the ointment: the seeming inevitable rise of Internet access costs.