Sony OTT Video Service Bowing March 2511 Mar, 2015 By: Erik Gruenwedel
Sony Computer Entertainment will launch the PlayStation Vue subscription streaming video service March 25 in Philadelphia, New York and Chicago, SCE president Andrew House told The Wall Street Journal. A nationwide rollout is planned later this year for the unpriced service.
First announced this past November, PlayStation Vue joins Dish Network’s Sling TV ($20/month), CBS All Access ($5.99), and pending HBO Now ($14.99) and Nickelodeon’s Noggin in the burgeoning direct-to-consumer video landscape created by Netflix in 2008.
Absent from the content lineup: ESPN, which is currently aligned with Sling TV. Instead, Vue is offering Fox Sports 1, Fox Sports 2, BTN and Fox’s regional sports networks, including YES Network and Prime Ticket. The agreement also covers Fox’s owned and operated television stations.
“Even absent ESPN we are very confident that we have a very robust offering in the sports area with existing partnerships,” House told The Journal.
Vue will offer live linear signals from CBS affilates in select markets, in addition to on-demand primetime programming.
Discovery Communications will make available Discovery Channel, TLC, Animal Planet, Investigation Discovery, Science, OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network, Discovery Family Channel and 11 more channels. Fox will also make available FX, FXX, FXM, National Geographic Channel and Nat Geo Wild.
NBC Universal will make available local TV affiliates, Telemundo, regional sports networks as well as Bravo, CNBC, E!, NBCSN, Oxygen, Sprout, Syfy and USA Network, among others.
Scripps Networks Interactive will feature HGTV, Food Network, Travel Channel, DIY Network and Cooking Channel, while Viacom will offer BET, CMT, Comedy Central, MTV, Nickelodeon, Palladia, Spike and VH1 among other channels.
Separately, Sony announced it is shuttering PlayStation Mobile — an online platform offering access to third-party indie video games on Android devices and PS Vita.