Sony’s streaming TV service is now available across the country, new low prices available
Sony announced this morning on the PlayStation Blog that PlayStation Vue, its TV streaming and cloud DVR service, is now available in 203 new markets across the United States.
Previously only available in test markets New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Philadelphia, Dallas, San Francisco and Miami, the service also has new, lower prices. Starting at $29.99 a month for more than 55 channels of on-demand content, the service is now more affordable than ever. Each service has a 7-day free trial as well.
Sony says most on-demand content will be available 24 hours after it airs on TV.
The PlayStation Blog post, by Eric Lempel, Senior Vice President of Sony Entertainment Network, outlined the pricing packages as follows:
“We’re kicking off this launch with our new Slim multi-channel plans,” wrote Lempel. “Here are the prices for these new plans:
- Access Slim: 55+ channels, including live cable TV, movies, and sports channels for $29.99 per month.
- Core Slim: 70+ channels, including all the channels from Access Slim with the addition of national and regional sports networks for $34.99 per month.
- Elite Slim: 100+ channels, featuring all the channels from Core Slim with the addition of more top movie and entertainment channels for $44.99 per month.”
“Users can take advantage of PlayStation Vue’s unique TV streaming features, including the following:
- Cloud DVR — PlayStation Vue’s unmatched cloud DVR allows users to record hundreds of shows at once and store thousands of hours of content.
- Simultaneous Streaming — a single PlayStation Vue subscription allows users to simultaneously stream content across different devices.
- Powerful Interface — this seamlessly blends live and on-demand content to put top programming front and center, with innovative search and discovery tools. You can also “catch up” on many popular programming within the past three days from a show’s first live airing.”
Perhaps the best part about the service is that a subscription allows users to access apps and websites for many of the networks on Vue.
“In addition, users can also access programming from more than 60 network mobile apps or websites, simply by logging in with their PlayStation Network ID,” said Lempel. “The mobile apps and websites are developed by network programmers and are a separate offerings from PlayStation Vue, but can be used at no additional cost.”
Not to mention, the service isn’t just limited to PlayStation devices.
“Users can access PlayStation Vue through PS4, PS3, Amazon Fire TV, and Fire TV Stick, as well as iPad and iPhone through the PlayStation Vue mobile app,” Lempel added. “Google Chromecast is also supported via compatible iOS devices.”
Sony says it is also working to bring live local TV to certain markets, which is already available in the test markets. No word on whether or not Sony will be bringing its PlayStation Vue app to Android devices.
So, what do you think? Will you be checking out PlayStation Vue? Let us know in the comments.