Posted Fri Nov 14, 2014 at 02:30 PM PST by Steven Cohen
The company is launching a new internet TV service aimed at cord-cutters.
Sony has officially revealed its upcoming PlayStation Vue platform. The cloud-based TV service will allow users to watch live and on-demand content without a traditional cable or satellite subscription.
"Everyday TV is about to become extraordinary with our new cloud-based TV service, PlayStation™Vue," said Andrew House, President and Group CEO of Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. and Group Executive in charge of the Network Entertainment Business. "PlayStation™Vue reinvents the traditional viewing experience so your programming effortlessly finds you, enabling you to watch much more of what you want and search a lot less. PlayStation™Vue brings the best of live TV and a robust catalog of the latest content, always keeping you connected to what's popular, new and trending. Today's announcement builds on the historic success of PlayStation®4 and demonstrates what our company is capable of when we embrace disruption and stay true to gamers."
PlayStation Vue will initially be available on the PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4 through an invitation-only beta. During the beta preview, the service will offer around 75 channels from popular networks like CBS, FOX, NBCUniversal, Viacom, Discovery Communications, and Scripps Networks Interactive. The platform will enable viewers to easily search for the live and on-demand programming that they want with an intuitive interface and convenient personal recommendations. In addition, the system also allows users to catch-up on programs they might miss by automatically offering the past three days of popular shows for on-demand viewing. Likewise, if customers tag a favorite series they will be given cloud access to episodes of that show for 28 days with no storage restrictions.
Pricing has not been announced yet, but Sony promises transparent pricing with no hidden fees, contracts, or installation charges. PlayStation Vue will first rollout to invite-only PlayStation 3 & 4 owners in New York, followed later by Chicago, Philadelphia, and Los Angeles. The service is then expected to launch commercially in 2015 and will expand to the Apple iPad and more Sony and non-Sony devices.
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