Unveiled in November 2014, Sony announced today that PlayStation Vue, their cloud-based TV service, is now available in Chicago, New York City, and Philadelphia on PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 3.
As Sony Entertainment Network President Eric Lempel explains, “PlayStation Vue is a new service that combines live and on-demand TV, and a cloud based DVR to stream the best TV shows, movies and sports directly to your console without a cable or satellite subscription.”
We set out to build this revolutionary product with our community of gamers in mind. This latest addition to PlayStation Network lets you experience TV the way you have always wanted it. Your favorite shows and channels will always be front and center whenever you start PlayStation Vue. When you are looking for something new and exciting to watch, powerful discovery tools will help you filter thousands of shows in just moments, so you can search less and watch more. The cloud based DVR lets you save your favorite shows with no programming conflicts and store recorded episodes for up to 28 days.
The entry package for PlayStation Vue costs $49.99 per month for the “Access” package and includes NBC, Fox, CBS, TNT, TBS, USA, MTV, Animal Planet, BET, FX, Comedy Central, AMC (starting next month), and many more.
If you want to spend a little more for extra channels, the $59.99 per month “Core” package includes the Access package, along with BTN, the Golf Channel, and regional sports networks like YES and Comcast SportsNet. You’ll also be able to get the $69.99 “Elite” package, which includes the Access and Core packages, along with more than 25 lifestyle, music, and family channels.
As The Verge points out though, ABC isn’t included in Sony’s lineup, meaning you won’t get ESPN, Disney, or the local ABC affiliate.
If you live in one of three initial cities, you can try out Vue free with the one week trial.
Sony is “working hard” to bring PlayStation Vue to more cities soon, with iPad support happening in the near future.
Will you be trying out PlayStation Vue?