First discussed back in January, Sony has finally unveiled its plans for ‘PlayStation Vue’ – a cloud TV initiative that will deliver live and catch-up TV programming together with on-demand content through PlayStation consoles.
The aim is to be more than just an a la carte, on demand VOD service ala iTunes or Amazon. This one is a serious attempt to push Playstation users towards cutting the cord of their traditional cable subscriptions.
Sony’s Vue service will offer around 75 channels per market, won’t require monthly contracts, won’t need any extra hardware to use, and won’t demand any installation charges. The service will also roll out to other devices shortly after, including iPads.
The past three days of popular programming will be available on demand and without the need to schedule recordings. Viewers can also save their favorite shows to the cloud without storage restrictions. Once they tag a favorite, they automatically have access to episodes of that show for twenty-eight days.
Vue already has a bunch of partners involved including CBS, Discovery, Fox, NBCUniversal, Viacom, and Scripps which means you can expect content from TV networks that include NBC, FOX, CBS, FX, Discovery, USA Network, MTV, Syfy, E!, Bravo, OWN, CNBC, BET, Nickelodeon, Spike, VH1, National Geographic, and the Comedy Channel.
There’s some notable absences too – Disney-owned networks like ABC and ESPN, Warner-owned networks like HBO and TNT, and smaller networks like AMC, A&E, History and so forth. However deals may be worked out in time for the actual launch of the service. No pricing is available as yet.
A beta of the service will begin later this month in New York followed by Chicago, Philadelphia, and Los Angeles. The full commercial launch is expected to take place in early 2015.