The live and on-demand service, which starts at $29.99/month, is available through PlayStation4, PlayStation3, Amazon’s Fire TV and Fire TV Stick, and iPads and iPhones running the PlayStation Vue mobile app. The service is also available through Google’s Chromecast TV dongle when used with compatible iOS devices.
Like Dish’s Sling TV, PlayStation Vue is designed to appeal to cord-cutters. Earlier this month, DirecTV owner AT&T announced plans to launch DirecTV-branded OTT video programming over any fixed-broadband or cellular network to mobile devices, smart TVs, PCs and streaming-media devices.
With the Vue expansion, Sony said it is the first OTT pay-TV service to be available nationwide with more than 100 live sports, movie, and TV channels. Vue also offers a Cloud DVR service and simultaneous streaming on multiple devices with a single subscription.
Live and on-demand content is available from AMC, Disney, ESPN and other networks. Content from ABC, FOX and NBC is available only as on-demand content, most of which is available within 24 hours after airing, the company said. Live and on-demand programming from CBS will be added to select TV markets at a later date.
The company said it is working to add live local broadcast stations across all networks in each of its TV markets. Details on programming available in each TV market is available at PSVue.com
Three plans are available nationwide with no contract. They are:
- Access Slim: 55+ channels, including live cable TV, movies and sports channels for $29.99/ month.
- Core Slim: 70+ channels, including all the channels from Access Slim plus live national and regional sports networks at $34.99/ month.
- Elite Slim: 100+ channels, featuring all the channels from Core Slim plus more movie and entertainment channels at $44.99/ month.
The nationwide expansion gives more consumers a better option to watch popular live and on-demand TV content using PlayStation Vue’s innovative streaming features — putting the audience in control of their viewing experience.
With the Cloud DVR service, users can record hundreds of shows at once conflict-free. Thousands of hours of content can be stored on PlayStation Vue’s Cloud DVR.
The service’s UI blends live and on-demand content.