Sony’s new cord cutting service PlayStation Vue is not really new because it first came out in select markets a year ago. But now the PlayStation Vue service is available nationwide with a new lower price (for the second time in a month). The new, less expensive service will start at $29.99 a month with live streams from 55+ cable channels. It will not have live content from ABC, FOX, and NBC, but it will have on-demand content. (Unless you live in one of the older markets that already had locations. If that is the case the price starts at $39.99 and goes up from there.) The new base PlayStation Vue package will have a live feed from several cable networks including:
“We were intent on bringing this valuable service to broader reach as quickly as possible,” said Dwayne Benefield, VP and head of PlayStation Vue for Sony Network Entertainment International. “With the assortment of channels we have now, we feel we are a strong alternative to current pay-TV providers and new entrants.”
“For us, it’s about having the right content for what we feel is our target demographic,” Benefield said. “We felt when we launched, the live local broadcasts were paramount, but our customers have been clamoring for these packages—most of the customer service calls that were coming in were, ‘Hey, when is it coming to my city?’”
Access Slim: $29.99/month, 55+ channels
Core Slim: $34.99/month, 70+ channels
Elite Slim: $44.99/month, 100+ channels
If you explore the channels offered in each package, you’ll notice a significant amount of overlap between channels on Sling TV and channels on PlayStation Vue, but there are some key differences as well. Check back soon for a comparison of the two streaming services.
There are a few drawbacks that you need to know about right away. First, the service only works at your house. If you try to log in at work or at a hotel you will get an error message saying you cannot view it outside your home. Some networks, like WatchESPN, let you use your PlayStation Vue account to log into their apps but not all networks support the PlayStation Vue on their apps for viewing outside the house. (You will be able to DVR your favorite shows with a built-in cloud DVR, which is a pretty great pro.)
Second, Chromecast users will have to also have a supported iOS device because there is no PlayStation Vue app for Android phones or tablets. (A slightly surprising omission since Sony makes Android phones.)
This is the second time the price of the service has been lowered this month and the fourth time since it launched a year ago in select markets. Sony’s Vue service started off at $60 a month and quickly dropped down to $50. A few weeks ago it dropped to $40 a month and now they are starting at $29.99 and are available nationwide.
There are no contracts, so you can sign up and cancel at any time. Do you want to have ESPN and Fox Sports 1 for football? Just cancel as soon as football season is over.
PlayStation Vue is available on PlayStation 4, Google Chromecast, PS3, Amazon Fire TV, and Fire TV Stick. Vue is also available on iPad and iPhone through the PlayStation Vue mobile app.
If you want to try out the service Sony is offering a free seven-day trial of the PlayStation Vue TV service.
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