Sony decided to compete with cable TV and launched the long-awaited PlayStation Vue TV streaming service. This will be available only for PS3 and PS4 owners in Philadelphia, New York and Chicago. Similar with Sling TV service, the new Vue requires users to pay a monthly fee to get access to a variety of broadcast network channels, but also to networks that are only available from cable providers.
The most important things about Vue are the channel lineup and the price. The network lineup that Sony is prepared to offer to its clients is impressive. The Japanese company has deals signed with Fox, CBS, Discovery, NBC, Turner, Scripps, AMC, Viacom, and other 85 more channels. For such an impressive lineup, the price will not be cheap. The entry package for Vue costs 49.99 dollars per month and covers about 50 different channels.
Probably for most customers the 50 dollars package will be sufficient, having under consideration the fact that it covers a whole host of some of the most desired channels that any cable package owner wants. The package includes local broadcast channels from Fox, CBS and NBC, but also cable networks, such as USA, TBS, TNT, BET, Animal Planet, Comedy Central, FX, AMC and many other. Unfortunately for Vue, there is an important missing in their package, and that is ABC. With this huge hole, it means that there is no Disney, ESPN or the local ABC affiliate so users can enjoy popular TV shows such as “Modern Family.” It is a pity, because with ABC included in their 50 dollars package, Vue would become a desirable service.
However, there’s a lot to like in Sony’s basic channel lineup. To mention that Vue’s 59.99 dollars step-up “Core” is mostly focused on sports. So sports enthusiasts will have the opportunity to enjoy national sports networks, such as Golf Channel and BTN, as well as regional sports networks, like Comcast SportsNET in Philadelphia and Chicago, or New York’s YES. Vue also includes a 69.99 dollars so called “Elite” package, which includes a bunch of niche channels. Probably for most users, the 50 dollars package will be more than enough.