At some point, everyone's just gonna ditch cable.

Here comes another option for watching TV: Sony has announced a new, cloud-based TV service called PlayStation Vue. This lets you access live TV and on-demand content without a cable or satellite subscription, and it's coming to PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4. A beta will kick off later this month.

Sony claims this service "reinvents" the traditional TV experience and as SCE CEO Andrew House said in a statement:

"Everyday TV is about to become extraordinary with our new cloud-based TV service, PlayStationVue. 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."

Vue's powerful user interface delivers "unprecedented personalization and simplicity," and it even features recommendation algorithms. Vue's Explore option lets you view the entire catalog of on-demand content, and you can filter via program, genre, ratings, popularity, etc. Vue will help you catch up on TV you may have missed, as it will bring you the last three days of popular shows (no need to schedule recordings). You can even save shows to the cloud, where they'll remain for a period of 28 views.

During the beta phase, Vue will offer about 75 channels per market. Current network partners already include CBS, FOX, Discovery Communications, Science, NBCUniversal, Viacom, Scripps Networks Interactive, and more. These big providers include channels like Comedy Central, MTV, Neckelodeon, Spike, VH1, TLC, FX, Nat Geo, etc. Pricing hasn't been revealed but Sony promises "fair and competitive" rates that won't hold any hidden fees or other mysterious charges. You can even sign up on a month-to-month basis, so no long-term commitments are necessary.

The Vue beta will start in November for select PS3 and PS4 owners, and a wider rollout is planned for later this year. The full launch is scheduled for the first quarter of 2015.

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PS3_Wizard
PS3_Wizard
6 years ago

Thats wazup! Netflix, hulu and this is all i need when not gaming.

LimitedVertigo
LimitedVertigo
6 years ago

I'll stick to Plex Media Server and torrents 🙂

WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
6 years ago

animeeeeee

LimitedVertigo
LimitedVertigo
6 years ago

More like Jpop, especially Perfume.

LudicrouslyLiam
LudicrouslyLiam
6 years ago

I hope Sony isn't pushing things like this when we need some games to be excited by..

What's up guys, it's been awhile D:

ethird1
ethird1
6 years ago

All of their prices are just about too high on EVERYTHING for their cloud services. It will bomb. Sony needs to worry more about games.

Shauneepeak
Shauneepeak
6 years ago

I wonder if the Japanese division of Sony is the one deciding on all the pricing because if you look at the price of games, movies, and merchandise in Japan that stuff is ridiculous.

WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
6 years ago

Now if only they could come up with a way to sort our download lists.

gumbi
gumbi
6 years ago

Ahh World! My blood pressure just went up at the mention of that awful download list…

Jawknee
Jawknee
6 years ago

Would be nice to be able to organize or delete demos previously downloaded.

Corvo
Corvo
6 years ago

Sigh…

wiiplay
wiiplay
6 years ago

Honestly, if Sony's essentially creating their own television network, they can easily get away with charging $30 / month for it.

My main concern is whether or not this will ever hit Canada. When it comes to media rights, Canada seems to be a third world country in the eyes of the distributor.

Here's hoping it will be released here before the PS5 comes out.

Oh, and I do wish Sony would dump the PS Now crap, and opt instead for a subscription service similar to OnLive's PlayPack bundle. Seriously, I will never rent a single game at those rather ridiculous prices.

It would be cool to see Now used as a backwards compatibility tool. Pop in your PS3 disc, and the game starts up via PS Now.

Doubt that'll ever happen, though.


Last edited by wiiplay on 11/13/2014 4:19:24 PM

kraygen
kraygen
6 years ago

If it's half the price of satellite and has the few channels that I watch I'd be all over it, but if it costs the same, I'll stick with my dish because if my internet goes down and I can't watch tv, that would be a pain.

Shauneepeak
Shauneepeak
6 years ago

Until one of these big video services are able to work out a deal with networks like HBO and Showtime I will never pay for something like this. Amazon has recently gotten some HBO shows but they are all about 10 years old. =

Kevin555
Kevin555
6 years ago

I seriously wish consoles would just focus on the cream, the games instead of T.V services. It's a game console ffS!

VictorDeLeon
VictorDeLeon
6 years ago

with the announced prices of PS Now (and no option of "unlimited time"), I won't even care as the price will be ridiculous.