Cord cutting options continue to grow, and Sony has jumped on the streaming TV bandwagon with its Vue service. Featuring 53 channels for $50 per month, the service has launched on PlayStation consoles in select markets and will be coming to the iPad soon, according to a report from AppleInsider.
With Sony Vue, you get broadcast networks CBS, Fox, and NBC. You also get popular cable channels TNT, MTV, Nickelodeon, CNN, Comedy Central, and more. If you want to spend even more, you can step up to the $60 plan and get regional sports networks Yes, Comcast SportsNet Chicago and Philadelphia, and Big Ten. At the $70 tier, you add on expanded cable channels like FXM and Sprout.
Vue features both live and cloud video recording functions, allowing you to stream live television or record a show for later. In addition, Sony Vue will also offer on-demand prime-time programming from CBS. There is no word yet as to the availability of additional on-demand programming, but that is certainly a possibility.
Notably missing from Sony’s lineup, though, are Disney’s ABC and ESPN. You get those networks with Dish’s competing Sling TV, as will the rumored Apple streaming TV offering expected to launch this fall.
Sony Vue first debuted last November in a limited invite-only beta. The more formal launch brings it to PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4 consoles in New York, Chicago, and Philadelphia. More markets are scheduled to come later this year.
When the service gains support on the iPad, it will be through a dedicated app. The app is said to be coming soon, but Sony has not yet provided an exact launch timeframe. While Sony Vue is more expensive than Sling TV and the reported prices of Apple’s offering, the number of channels you get for your monthly fee could make it a strong competitor in a growing industry.