Sony Network Entertainment International and Sony Computer Entertainment has today unveiled PlayStation Vue, a new cloud-based TV service that Sony will debut on PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 3 before bringing to iPad as well as other Sony and non-Sony devices.
PlayStation Vue will allow subscribers to access live TV and on-demand content without a cable or satellite service, however as usual this one seems to be restricted to American residents. Catch-up and on-demand TV will be offered, and the past three days of popular programming will be available without the need to schedule recordings.
Sony has several networks lined up for PlayStation Vue, including CBS, Discovery Communications, Fox, NBCUniversal, Scripps Networks Interactive, and Viacom. Disney and Time Warner are notable omissions from Sony's initial list of networks but Sony executives told The New York Times
the company is in “active discussions” with other partners.
The final subscription cost for PlayStation Vue was not part of the announcement but it will be offered on a month-to-month basis with no contracts and no penalties for cancellation.
PlayStation Vue will begin with an invite-only beta preview during November “for select PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 3 owners” and a progressive rollout of the service will begin in New York, followed by Chicago, Philadelphia, and Los Angeles. PlayStation Vue will initially offer around 75 channels per market during the beta, including local broadcast stations. No word on a global release yet.