Sony to Launch Internet TV Service PlayStation Vue in 2015
Sony Corporation has announced the plans for a cloud-based service, PlayStation Vue, which includes programming from 75 channels. This service will be available for the PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 3.
Sony Corporation is the hottest contender to throw its hat into the content streaming ring.
Sony said that the TV service will initially be available in an invite-only beta, starting this month in New York, and will include content from the likes of NBCUniversal, CBS, Fox and others. Sony said that a full commercial launch will take place in the first quarter of 2015, however it is yet to disclose the cost of the service. Sony’s offering will be limited to those users who own its PlayStation consoles.
Sony Corporation explained that PlayStation Vue will be available via a monthly subscription plan at a competitive and fair price. It is not clear whether this service will be available outside of the United States.
PlayStation Vue will offer customers catch-up movies and TV shows, as well as live and on-demand videos.
Sony added that from each channel the last three days of content will be available without the need to pre-record, however viewers can plan ahead and save their favorite programs before they are on-air, after which the viewers have 28 days to watch the recorded programmes or shows. Sony proudly proclaimed that its new service will reinvent the traditional viewing experience.
The senior vice president for digital distribution and partnerships at Discovery Communications, one of Sony’s network partners, Rebecca Glashow said that it looks very similar to the satellite and cable subscription, but they are innovating on the user experience and it’s more Internet-like in the way that anyone discover, navigate and search content.
According to executives at Sony Corporation the company was exploring options that could let subscribers pick which television networks they want to add to their package.