PlayStation Vue Goes Nationwide14 Mar, 2016 By: Erik Gruenwedel
CBS boss Les Moonves might characterize Sony’s upstart skinny bundle pay-TV service, PlayStation Vue, a failure. But that isn’t stopping Sony from rolling out its alternative streaming service for $10 less ($29.99 for 55 channels) than in previous launches in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Philadelphia, Dallas, San Francisco and Miami.
Additional plans include “Core Slim,” featuring select regional sports and 70 channels priced at $34.99; and “Elite Slim,” offering 100 channels plus movie and entertainment packages priced at $44.99 a month. The previously-mentioned $29.99 “Access Slim” plan is not available in the initial-launch cities.
Unlike other skinny TV bundles, PlayStation Vue users can watch content on-demand from ABC, FOX and NBC — 24 hours after its initial broadcast. Perhaps underscoring Moonves’ March 8 comments to an investor group, as well Sony’s challenges obtaining uniform channel retransmission deals across the country, CBS live and on-demand programming will be added to select cities at a later date.
“We’re working to add local broadcast stations to your city, which will add live, local programming to the channel lineup,” Eric Lempel, SVP of PlayStation Network, wrote in a blog post.
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. Google Chromecast is also supported via compatible iOS devices.