Last week we learned that PlayStation Vue is working on a brand-new user interface. From surveys sent out to its subscribers it seems the DVR will be the main focus of this update, but we have hints of other updates.
What We Know
PlayStation Vue has been working on a new DVR option. It is likely Sony is hoping to take on YouTube TV’s new 9 month DVR. It seems the PlayStation Vue DVR will get its own section to make it easier to find recorded shows and will offer more control over the DVR. It has been rumored that the PlayStation Vue DVR will give more traditional DVR controls including maybe even the ability to set up live events to record later for any possible over run.
PlayStation Vue seems to be moving into a more sports-focused service, and not just traditional sports such as the MLB Network, NFL Network, and NBA Network but also esports.
We are already seeing this move with Sony adding live scores to its guides and the ability to watch multiple games at the same time. The new PlayStation Vue user interface will even have a new sports section similar to how Sling TV has an area to find all the currently live sports events.
What We Expect
Sony has been quiet about its long-term plans for PlayStation Vue; however, it is working hard to free up money for PlayStation Vue. It now adds the cost of taxes on top of its service not as part of it. It has also cut its free trial from 7 to 5 days to lower costs for anyone who decides not to subscribe.
So what is Sony doing with this money? It seems Sony wants to use it to get access to more live events. Why live events? Live events are more profitable for services such as PlayStation Vue. It can sell ads against them at higher rates because more viewers are likely to watch live. This means ad companies have a great confidence their ads won’t be skipped over.
So it seems to be a fair guess that PlayStation Vue will continue to add more sports networks. Currently a few major ones are still missing such as the NHL Network and even college networks such as the Pac-12 Network.
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