Sony's PlayStation Vue will stream live & on-demand TV to Apple's iPad without cable subscription

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in iPad edited November 2014
The newly unveiled PlayStation Vue TV streaming service from Sony is set to launch this month on the company's home game consoles, but shortly thereafter will make its way to a competing platform: Apple's iPad.




In an announcement on Thursday, Sony said that PlayStation Vue will debut this month in an invite-only beta preview for PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 3 owners. The service will then launch on iPad "shortly thereafter," the company said, though a specific launch window was not given.

After the beta period, a phased rollout of Vue will start in New York, followed by Chicago, Philadelphia and Los Angeles. More Sony devices and some non-Sony products will also gain access after Apple's iPad.

Sony has lined up a considerable number of networks for Vue, which will offer around 75 channels per market during its beta period. Partners include CBS, Discovery, Fox, NBC Universal, and Viacom.




Specific stations offered through PlayStation Vue will include Discovery Channel, TLC, Animal Planet, FX, Fox Sports 1, Bravo, CNBC, E, NBC Sports Network, HGTV, Food Network, Travel Channel, BET, CMT, Comedy Central, MTV, and Nickelodeon.

What Sony didn't announce on Thursday was a price, though the company says its service will be available at a "fair and competitive" cost, with no hidden fees or charges. The service will also be contract-free, offered on a month-to-month basis, and there will be no equipment or installation charges needed like TV viewers have with many cable providers.

Content from Vue will be available both live and on-demand, and will not require a cable or satellite service subscription. Features include a smart search features, full availability of the last three days of popular programming without the need to record, and the ability to save shows to the cloud without storage restrictions.




After the beta period ends, PlayStation Vue is scheduled to launch commercially during the first quarter of 2015.

"Everyday TV is about to become extraordinary with our new cloud-based TV service, PlayStation Vue," said Andrew House, President and Group CEO of Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. and Group Executive in charge of the Network Entertainment Business. "PlayStation Vue reinvents the traditional viewing experience so your programming effortlessly finds you, enabling you to watch much more of what you want and search a lot less.

"PlayStation Vue brings the best of live TV and a robust catalog of the latest content, always keeping you connected to what's popular, new and trending. Today's announcement builds on the historic success of PlayStation 4 and demonstrates what our company is capable of when we embrace disruption and stay true to gamers."

Apple is said to be interested in offering its own Internet-based streaming television service, but has reportedly hit a number of roadblocks in negotiations with cable companies and content providers. One rumor from July alleged that cable companies were "dragging their heels" and holding up the process, which was said to have led to a delay for a new Apple TV set-top box.

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  • Reply 1 of 10
    I hope I get an invite. This would be great for my PS3.
  • Reply 2 of 10
    pazuzupazuzu Posts: 1,728member
    It's really sad Hollywood has chokehold Apple. Barely any ITunes movies included w BluRays anymore- it's all ultraviolet. And still we wait for the AppleTV. Christmas will be big for Roku and FireTV. Anyone in their right mind would only buy a refurbished at this point or heavily discounted ATV.
  • Reply 3 of 10
    mcdavemcdave Posts: 1,047member
    If there's no AirPlay, forget it!
  • Reply 4 of 10
    As a cable TV cutter, I'm interested in any content service that lets me watch TV and cable over the Internet for a fair price (or even shows a la carte). I don't want to pay for a bundle of 73 channels I don't want to watch.

    Apple iTunes Store used to let you rent TV seasons, which was effectively like cable cutting, but that's no longer an option in the store. It's buy-only for TV programs.
  • Reply 5 of 10
    snovasnova Posts: 1,281member

    if Sony pulls this off then its only a matter of time before Apple, Netflix and Amazon offer the same kind of service.

  • Reply 6 of 10
    eightzeroeightzero Posts: 2,228member

    It is hard to read the tea leaves here. This looks like Sony leveraging their own properties. However, a lot of the listed content seems to stem from partnerships. I'm guessing Sony has active business dealings and relationships with those content owners. That's where AAPL seems to be a tad behind; but perhaps that is exactly what they are working on for ATV. 

     

    The results of that might make huge sense - Sony can't be doing this to sell more playstations. I think it is that the content comes with more opportunities for ad revenue. The money is in getting the content in front of as many eyeballs (with the ads of course) as possible. It seems then that getting access to Apple devices would be in Sony's best interests. And of course, the more content on an Apple devices does sell more Apple devices.

     

    And then the elephant in the room: live sports, particularly the NFL and ESPN. These involve bundling and exclusive dealings. The control demanded by their creators is so extensive it is hard to imagine Sony or AAPL finding some common ground.

     

    Dunno. This is a hopeful sign, but I'm not buying a playstation just for this.

  • Reply 7 of 10
    dasanman69dasanman69 Posts: 12,972member
    eightzero wrote: »
    It is hard to read the tea leaves here. This looks like Sony leveraging their own properties. However, a lot of the listed content seems to stem from partnerships. I'm guessing Sony has active business dealings and relationships with those content owners. That's where AAPL seems to be a tad behind; but perhaps that is exactly what they are working on for ATV. 

    The results of that might make huge sense - Sony can't be doing this to sell more playstations. I think it is that the content comes with more opportunities for ad revenue. The money is in getting the content in front of as many eyeballs (with the ads of course) as possible. It seems then that getting access to Apple devices would be in Sony's best interests. And of course, the more content on an Apple devices does sell more Apple devices.

    And then the elephant in the room: live sports, particularly the NFL and ESPN. These involve bundling and exclusive dealings. The control demanded by their creators is so extensive it is hard to imagine Sony or AAPL finding some common ground.

    Dunno. This is a hopeful sign, but I'm not buying a playstation just for this.

    What part of 'will make its way to a competing platform: Apple's iPad' didn't you understand? No Playstation needed. Sony is looking to sell subscriptions.
  • Reply 8 of 10
    peteopeteo Posts: 345member
  • Reply 9 of 10
    nikon133nikon133 Posts: 2,600member
    dasanman69 wrote: »
    What part of 'will make its way to a competing platform: Apple's iPad' didn't you understand? No Playstation needed. Sony is looking to sell subscriptions.

    A $100 Playstation TV doesn't sound too bad, either. For those who want to watch on big TV, and don't want their iPads occupied that way.
  • Reply 10 of 10
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    Originally Posted by dasanman69 View Post





    What part of 'will make its way to a competing platform: Apple's iPad' didn't you understand? No Playstation needed. Sony is looking to sell subscriptions.

    Oh. Guess I didn't make that clear. The part where Apple's iPad isn't my HDTV on the wall. Thanks for the help.

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