PlayStation Vue, Sony's new streaming television service, is right around the corner.
Vue is currently available in New York, Philadelphia, and Chicago, and Sony's plan is to expand as quickly as possible. The company announced plenty more details concerning the new service, including the subscription packages.
Also, during a recent GameSpot interview , SNE vice president Eric Lempel explained the roll-out further:
"Everything we've launched usually comes out by country. In this case, because we felt local programming was important to the users, we wanted to make sure we got those deals signed so that it involves the local affiliates individually. But this year, we will be delivering a lot of new markets, so it's something that will evolve very quickly."
Lempel dubbed Vue "a complete TV offering" and it should be given the price. As you can see through the link above, it will cost you $50, $60, or $70 per month, depending on which subscription plan you choose. However, while those numbers may seem high when compared with Netflix and Hulu, Sony says they're competing with cable companies like Comcast and in that way, Vue is certainly cheaper. If you're wondering why they went with only bundle options, Lempel has an answer for that, too:
"We looked at that … But you'll quickly see that if you choose a few of those, you'll be at a price much higher than our tiers. In our research and talking to consumers, they really did want that bundled offering. … I think we'll continue to see this space evolve and similar to what we've done in the past, this product will evolve. We're adding new networks on a regular basis; we're in talks with a lot people."
You don't need PlayStation Plus to access Vue, by the way. On top of which, Vue will be accessible simultaneously via three different devices at no extra cost (even though this only includes one PS4 at a time). And yes, commercials will be included but you can record to DVR and fast-forward through them if you want.
Well, what do you think? Vue is definitely cheaper than my cable bill, I know that much. I still wouldn't get all the channels I get now, though… Learn even more by visiting the PlayStation Blog .