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.