Sony Launches Nationwide Expansion of PlayStation Vue Internet TV
After a limited launch in seven U.S. cities in March 2015, Sony's PlayStation Vue streaming TV service will now be available in 203 more markets.Sony is now offering its PlayStation Vue Internet-based streaming television services in 203 markets across the United States, expanding its footprint after offering the services in seven U.S. cities since March 2015. Pricing for the PlayStation Vue streaming TV service starts at $29.99 a month for the Access Slim plan with more than 55 channels, $34.99 for the Core Slim plan with more than 70 channels and $44.99 for the Elite Slim plan that features more than 100 channels, according to a March 14 announcement from Sony. The services are cloud-based, offer simultaneous streaming for up to seven devices and users at once and require no contracts or equipment rental fees. Consumers can try the service for seven days at no charge. PlayStation Vue services began in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Philadelphia, Dallas, San Francisco and Miami in 2015 and are accessible through a variety of devices, including PlayStation4, PlayStation3, Amazon Fire TV and Fire TV Stick, Apple iPads and iPhones and through the PlayStation Vue mobile app, according to Sony. Google Chromecast is also supported via compatible iOS devices. PlayStation Vue customers can watch programming, including live and on-demand content from popular TV channels, such as AMC, Disney, ESPN and more. Major network programming, including ABC, FOX and NBC, will only be available as on-demand content that will usually be viewable within 24 hours after its original network airing. CBS live and on-demand programming is not yet available and is expected to be added to select TV markets at a later date, according to Sony.
Local network programming in individual TV markets also will not be viewable using PlayStation Vue plans, but Sony is "working to add live local broadcast stations across all networks to each of the new TV markets" in the future, the company said.