Jumping in on the streaming-service bandwagon, Sony is launching Vue, a TV-streaming service. The service offers a mixture of on-demand and live content from popular networks, such as NBCUniversal, Discovery Communications, CBS, FOX and NBC. And with PlayStation 4’s cloud storage, Sony says Vue offers subscribers a DVR that’s “virtually unlimited”.
Sony’s subscription-based streaming service launched Thursday in Philadelphia, New York and Chicago. Sony Network Entertainment head Eric Lempel says Vue eliminates the “burden” of watching television. Vue makes DVR management and channel guides simple and easy to use. Subscribers can add a TV show to “My Shows” and Vue will automatically store a backlog of all available episodes across all networks.
At launch, Vue will include programming from Turner, Fox, Fox News, Viacom, Scripps, Discovery, CBS and NBCUniversal. Sony will offer a 7-day free trial period, but subscribers will then have to choose between three tiers to maintain access. These tiers include:
- Access: $50
- Core: $60 (includes a sports package)
- Elite: $70 (includes sports, music, lifestyle and family programming)
The company plans on expanding to new cities and adding new features in the near future. Sony’s goal is to push innovation in the streaming industry and provide cord cutters with a viable alternative to cable.