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Your PlayStation Vue subscriptions are gonna get more expensive

At these prices, should I just get cable again?

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It’s the summer, it’s hot out there, and it’s not just the thermostat rising – PlayStation is hiking their Vue subscription plans by $5 across the board – again.

All new subscribers to PlayStation Vue will see the increase, with existing subscribers feeling the pinch on their next billing cycle.

Existing Vue subscribers won’t get the price hike until their next billing cycle

In a blog post, Dwayne Benefield, VP, General Manager of PlayStation Vue, outlined the changes.

Most of it is corporate-speak for “why you’re not paying us enough already.” I mean, it took until recently for Netflix to raise prices, but they spend billions a year on original content. Vue just feels like a cable replacement, so why wouldn’t I just get cable for the price?

Anyway, the changes are summarized below:

  • That means Access is now $49.99, Core is $54.99, Elite is $64.99, and Ultra is a wallet-killing $84.99 (all per-month)
  • PlayStation says the price increase is the year-on-year rising costs for content. Nothing to do with the drop in Sony’s Entertainment revenue in 2018 then…
  • Vue wants to be the sports subscription I think, with the recent addition of beIN Sports, and upcoming NHL Network and ACC Network. Nothing you can’t probably get elsewhere, like on cable or SlingTV

The only real cool feature for PlayStation Vue for me is Cloud DVR, letting you watch recordings of live TV from anywhere. The thing is, isn’t that what cord-cutting, on-demand services are supposed to do? Having to manually set recordings is a pain in the butt, else I’d still have a TiVo.

What do you think? Do you use Vue? Plan on it after these announced price increases? Let us know down below in the comments or carry the discussion over to our Twitter or Facebook.

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