Recently Sony announced plans to raise its base package from $29.99 a month to $39.99 a month on most of its subscribers. Current subscribers won’t see the price hike for about two more months and Sony seems to be racing against the clock.
It seems that Sony wants to have as many locals added to PlayStation Vue as possible before the price hike goes live. So far this week it has added more ABC, NBC, and CBS locals from companies such as Hubbard, Tegna, E. W. Scripps, and more. (Note: it seems that Sony is now adding local channels one or two here and there. No longer are they mass adding channels all at once.)
PlayStation Vue even added the sub channel Decades making PlayStation Vue the first streaming service to offer the CBS-owned Decades. The Decades channel focuses on classic shows and movies making it popular with many over-the-air TV viewers. Now all PlayStation Vue subscribers can enjoy Decades.
As best we can tell Sony has added somewhere between 20 and 30 over-the-air TV stations so far. (Sony has declined to release a full list of all new stations at the time of this posting.) That likely once again makes PlayStation Vue the streaming service with the most local channels.
Briefly in August Hulu had jumped ahead of PlayStation Vue when it comes to locals. Now it seems Sony has once again reclaimed that crown.
The real winners here are cord cutters. Hulu, DIRECTV NOW, and PlayStation Vue all seem to be in a race to add as many locals as possible. This is giving cord cutters more options than ever. The question now is not when your local will be added but who will be the first to offer it.
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