Update: Original Vue markets will stay at the older higher $40 starting price as they include local live station.
Update #2: Confirmed the PlayStation Vue service will only work in your house. They lock it down to your IP through a Sony PS or Fire TV. No mobile streaming outside your home network.
Sony’s cord cutting service PlayStation Vue is now available nationwide with a new lower price for the second time in a month. The new, less expensive service will start at $29.99 a month with live streams from 55+ cable channels but will NOT have live content from ABC, FOX, and NBC but will have on demand content. The new PlayStation Vue package will have a live feed from several cable networks including:
“We were intent on bringing this valuable service to broader reach as quickly as possible,” said Dwayne Benefield, VP and head of PlayStation Vue for Sony Network Entertainment International. “With the assortment of channels we have now, we feel we are a strong alternative to current pay-TV providers and new entrants.”
“For us, it’s about having the right content for what we feel is our target demographic,” Benefield said. “We felt when we launched, the live local broadcasts were paramount, but our customers have been clamoring for these packages—most of the customer service calls that were coming in were, ‘Hey, when is it coming to my city?’”
This is the second time the price of the service has been lowered this month and the fourth time since it launched a year ago in select markets. Sony’s Vue service started off at $60 a month and quickly dropped down to $50. A few weeks ago it dropped to $40 a month and now they are starting at $29.99 and are now available nationwide.
It will be interesting to see if the new price of the PlayStation Vue will put pressure on Sling with its larger channel selection but a higher price.
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