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Playstation Vue Provides Internet-Based Cable

Sony wants you to stop paying cable companies for live television. Announced today in the New York Times, Playstation Vue will provide live television and on-demand programming.

Sony wants you to stop paying cable companies for live television. Announced Thursday in the New York Times, Playstation Vue will provide live television and on-demand programming. There’s no firm release date yet on Vue, but testing is underway in sections of New York. It will begin rolling out in other locales during the first quarter of 2015.

What can you watch with Vue?

Initial programming packages will include 75 channels, with a couple of standouts being MTV, Comedy Central, CBS (Viacom) and both NBC and Fox. These will be somewhat region specific, it is being reported. Other popular cable networks available with Playstation Vue will include FX, Discovery, Food Network, and USA network. ABC and ESPN (Disney owned) are nowhere to be found, along with Time Warner, parent of CNN, HBO, and TBS.

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Where can you watch Vue?

Currently, users will only be able to utilize Playstation Vue through their Playstation 3 and Playstation 4 consoles. There is an iOS app in the works, but there hasn’t been a release date announced as of this writing. Do not be surprised to see a Playstation Vita version of Vue, as well.

How will you navigate within Vue?

In a comment made by Rebecca Glashow to the New York Times,

“It looks very similar to your cable and satellite subscription, but they are innovating on the user experience, […] It’s more Internet-like in the way that you navigate, search and discover content.”

This announcement does not come as much of a surprise, as cable continues to lose ground to streaming services like Netflix and Hulu. Vue will not include apps like Netflix and Hulu, but you will still be able to use both apps through your Playstation console.

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3 Comments

3 Comments

  1. Jake Locker

    November 14, 2014 at 12:40 pm

    I just don’t know if there is any value in such a limited offering. No amc, abc, comedy central, or disney (I also like syfy but probably not that important to most). I mean that’s 3 of the top 5 most viewed cable networks and the second biggest ota (over the air) station. Sony need more content before this could be considered a true player.

    • Kevin Raposo

      November 14, 2014 at 4:13 pm

      I used to think like that myself about favorite channels. However, I cancelled my cable over 2 years ago. I still watch all of my favorite shows, just in a different format. Best part about it, I don’t have to sit through any commercials. So, even though they’re not offering the best deal, they’re still offering something.

      • Jake Locker

        November 21, 2014 at 11:06 am

        True but if you have Hulu + Netflix you have 70% of TV you’re going to watch including the stuff Vue would be lacking. So sure it’s offering something, but is this offering really better than Hulu Plus? And at hulu’s $8 a month asking price I doubt it’d be cheaper.

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