It seems like PlayStation Vue is following in the footsteps of YouTube TV and making a change to its DVR.
We have been hearing reports that PlayStation Vue is no longer allowing fast forwarding of DVR recordings on some channels such as AMC. Now we have a growing number of users who say that when they try to view a show on AMC or FOX owned network they only get the on demand version.
We did some digging and learned that Sony has started offering on-demand versions of shows. That means if you record a show on some networks that it has an on-demand deal with the on-demand version will replace your recording when it becomes available. If that happens, it removes the ability to fast forward through the commercials etc. on the show. This seems to be upsetting PlayStation Vue subscribers over on Sony’s community site.
Cord Cutters News was able to reproduce this issue and confirmed that it is happening on PlayStation Vue. So far nothing leaves us to believe that this is a glitch but Sony has yet to respond to our request for comment.
Update #2: This could be a test as Sony has been known to randomly select PlayStation Vue users to try out new features before they make an announcement. Often these tests happen without warning.
Why is this happening? It seems that Sony is looking for more money, and it gets a cut of the ads that are seen on PlayStation Vue’s on-demand service. Having you watch the on-demand version means it can earn revenue from your view.
This is similar to how many services, including Sling TV, handle their on demand. What is new here is the fact that it is replacing your recordings with on-demand versions similar to how YouTube TV does its DVR.
Update: Some readers are now reporting they are getting an on demand version of the show with no commercials in place of their DVR recordings. Have you seen this? Please leave us a comment and let us know.
Cord Cutters News has reached out to Sony for comment and will update this story as we learn more.
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