Multichannel News, CED magazine

Sony Unveils Its Over-the-Top Subscription Service

Nov 14, 2014  •  Post A Comment

“Taking aim at the traditional pay-TV market, Sony on Thursday, Nov. 13, 2014, unveiled PlayStation Vue, an over-the-top subscription TV service that will start off with about 75 channels per market,” reports Multichannel News.

The story continues, “Offered initially through an invite-only beta preview later this month, the cloud-powered  service will run on PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 3 consoles.  Sony said it will reveal pricing and packaging details when it launches PlayStation Vue on a commercial basis, but noted that the no-contract offering will offer the service at a “fair and competitive price that is transparent with no hidden fees or charges.” The New York Post reported in October that Sony was aiming to sell a lineup of about 100 channels for up to $80 per month.”

Other published speculation has said that Sony will charge around $60 a month.

Initial content suppliers include CBS, Discovery, Fox, NBCU, Scripps and Viacom.

According to the account of this story in CED magazine, The company will start with a free beta test with a limited number of people residing in New York. Sony will gradually extend the beta to small groups of people in other major markets, and then intends to offer the service commercially starting early next year.

Sony starts with an installed base of 35 million PS3s and PS4s. Eventually, the company expects to offer Vue through any device, probably starting with iPads and other tablets. The company also recently introduced  a stripped-down version of the PlayStation designed for OTT TV.”

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