PlayStation Vue

an over-the-top (OTT) internet television service
PlayStation Vue
Subsidiary
Industry Pay television
Founded March 18, 2015; 2 years ago (2015-03-18)
Founder Sony Playstation
Headquarters San Mateo, California, United States
Area served
United States
Products OTT Internet Television
Parent Sony
Website www.playstationvue.com

PlayStation Vue is an over-the-top (OTT) internet television service that is owned and operated by Sony. Unveiled on March 18, 2015, the service combines live TV, on-demand video, and cloud-based DVR to stream TV shows, movies, and sports directly to a PlayStation console or other supported device without a cable or satellite TV subscription.[1] As of June 2016, the service had approximately 120,000 subscribers.[2]

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AvailabilityEdit

PlayStation Vue is available only in the United States. The service was rolled out in 2015 to residents in Chicago, Dallas, Los Angeles, Miami, New York City, Philadelphia and San Francisco.[3] PlayStation Vue was launched across the United States on March 14, 2016. Sony introduced Vue into 203 new markets.[4]

Supported devicesEdit

On October 27, 2016, Sony announced that Playstation Vue would be available on Android TV. PC and Mac support was also announced as "coming soon."[5] PC and Mac support (by web browser) became available in early November 2016. On November 17, 2016, the service was launched on Apple TV.[6]

Supported PlayStation Vue devices include:[7][8]

TV-connectedEdit

MobileEdit

PC and MacEdit

IssuesEdit

PlayStation website sign-in
PlayStation Website Sign In won't work if third-party cookies have been blocked in the web browser. (In Google Chrome that option is in chrome://settings/content.)
Initial activation
Initial activation of PlayStation Vue (including setting "home" location) and required profile creation can only be performed with a "supported, TV-connected device" (PlayStation 3 or 4, Roku, Amazon Fire TV, Android TV, PC or Mac) with Internet access. Activation and required profile creation with mobile or Chromecast is not supported.[9]
Roku activation
As of October 2016, some users were complaining of Roku activation problems (particularly 1016 errors).[10]
Mobile restrictions
Some PlayStation Vue live content and Cloud DVR recordings of My Shows are mobile restricted (blocked on mobile devices, including Chromecast, even when on home network).[9]
Program guide
For those not satisfied with the PlayStation Vue user interface, particularly on Roku devices, a good program guide is available at the independent (not affiliated with PlayStation) website StreamingTVGuides.com.
Replay
Replay and playback positioning work poorly in Roku devices as of November 2016. (Try left and right navigation buttons rather than fast forward and reverse. Multiple attempts will sometimes be successful.) Amazon Fire TV devices may be a better alternative to Roku.

ContentEdit

Sony has announced agreements with many major content producers, including ABC, CBS, Disney, ESPN, Fox, NBC Universal, AMC Networks, Turner Broadcasting System, Home Box Office/Cinemax, and Viacom.

On September 30, 2016, a fourth package was created (Ultra), that includes the east and west feeds of HBO and Showtime.[11] With HBO's agreement with PlayStation Vue, Cinemax is included on the lineup as only an add-on channel; also, PlayStation Vue customers who subscribe to HBO will have access to their Now service (which is usually offered as a standalone subscription without need of a TV provider), as opposed to the similar Go service,[12] which is strictly offered through traditional cable and satellite providers.[13]

PlayStation Vue features four packages:[14][15]

Package name Channels Price
Access ABC†, AMC, Animal Planet, BBC America, Bravo, Cartoon Network, CBS†, CNBC, CNN, CNN International, Destination America, Discovery Channel, Discovery Family, Disney Channel, Disney Junior, Disney XD, DIY Network, E!, ESPN, ESPN 2, Food Network, Fox†, Fox Business Network, Fox News Channel, Fox Sports 1, Fox Sports 2, Freeform, FX, FXX, HGTV, HLN, Investigation Discovery, MSNBC, MyNetworkTV†, National Geographic Channel, NBC†, NBCSN, NECN†, OWN, Oxygen, Pop, Science Channel, SyFy, TBS, Telemundo†, TLC, TNT, Travel Channel, TruTV, USA Network, WeTV
Note: †--live programming only available in selected markets.
In lieu of live programming in other markets, ABC, Fox, and NBC programming are only available on-demand.
$40/month
($30/month for Access Slim)
Core BeIN Sports, Big Ten Network, Comcast SportsNet‡, ESPNews, ESPN U, Fox Sports Networks‡, Golf Channel, IFC, MLB Network, NBA TV, NFL Network, NESN‡, SEC Network, SundanceTV, Turner Classic Movies, YES
Note: ‡--Comcast SportsNet, Fox Sports regional networks (including YES Network), and NESN are available dependent on region.
$45/month
($35/month for Core Slim)
Elite American Heroes Channel, BBC World News, Boomerang, Chiller, CNBC World, Cooking Channel, Discovery Life, Epix Hits, ESPN Deportes, Esquire Network, Fox Deportes, Fusion, FXM, Hi-YAH!, Impact, Machinima, MGM HD, National Geographic Wild, ONE World Sports, Outside Television, Poker Central, Polaris TV, Sony Movie Channel, Sprout, Universal HD, Velocity $55/month
($45/month for Elite Slim)
Ultra HBO East, HBO West, Showtime East, Showtime West $75/month
($65/month for Ultra Slim)
Add-Ons Fox Soccer Plus $15/month
NFL RedZone $40/season
Showtime (live East and West linear channels and On Demand) $11/month
HBO (live East and West linear channels and On Demand) $15/month
Cinemax (live East and West linear channels and On Demand) $15/month
Epix Hits (live linear channel and Epix On Demand) $4/month
Español Pack (BeIN Sports Español, Cine Sony Television, CNN en Español, Discovery en Español, Discovery Familia, Fox Deportes, Fox Life, Nat Geo Mundo, NBC Universo) $5/month

In addition, users can also access programming from more than 60 networks' TV Everywhere apps or websites, by logging in with their PlayStation Network ID.[4][16]

PlayStation Vue restrictions limit simultaneous streams to five devices. A single PlayStation Vue account can simultaneously stream PlayStation Vue on up to one PS4 console and one PS3 console in the same home. Additionally, Fire TV, Roku, Chromecast, iOS, and Android devices can be used for additional streams, with up to five total devices supported at once.[9]

Packages are billed on a monthly basis and are allowed to be canceled at any time. No contract is required and a free one-week trial is offered to any who would normally be able to access the service who have not previously redeemed a trial. The monthly rate is charged to the viewer's credit card if the service is not canceled before the end of the trial period.[17]

As of October 2016, A&E Networks (including Lifetime, LMN, History Channel and others), the CW, PBS member stations and networks, Univision (along with its sister and cable channels except for Fusion), and some Independent stations has not made any agreements to make their programming available to PlayStation Vue. Currently, Univision has its own Over-the-Top service known as Univision Now. WPWR-TV, the Chicago market's MyNetworkTV owned-and-operated station assumed The CW affiliation from WGN-TV on September 1, 2016; however, Vue has all CW network programming blacked out on WPWR, while the station's other programming that they have streaming rights to airs in the clear.[18]

During the summer and fall of 2016, Vue has also added selected CBS affiliates to the lineup, specifically those owned by Meredith Corporation (KCTV Kansas City, KMOV St. Louis, KPHO Phoenix, WFSB Hartford/New Haven, and WGCL Atlanta), Sinclair Broadcast Group (KEYE Austin, WKRC Cincinnati, WWMT Kalamazoo/Grand Rapids, Mich., WHP Harrisburg/Lancaster, Pa., KUTV Salt Lake City, and WPEC West Palm Beach), Raycom Media (WOIO Cleveland, and WBTV Charlotte), and Midwest Television (KFMB San Diego).[19] With the exception of WSVN Miami/Fort Lauderdale (Fox affiliate owned by Sunbeam Television), KPRC Houston, WDIV Detroit (NBC affiliates owned by Graham Media Group), and the aforementioned CBS affiliates, all other local stations currently offered on Vue are those owned and operated by their respective parent network.[20]

On November 8, 2016, PlayStation Vue announced that it was dropping all Viacom networks from the service effective November 11, 2016. It also announced the addition of BBC America and NBA TV on November 9th, and Viceland in the future.[21]

On January 25, 2017, PlayStation Vue announced it was moving Esquire Network to the "Elite" package. The network is slated for shutdown in Spring 2017.[22]

On March 21, 2017, PlayStation Vue added MLB Network to the Core package.[23]

Cloud storageEdit

PlayStation Vue offers a 28-day Cloud DVR users can access by adding content to "My Shows".[9]

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

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  11. ^ Benefield, Dwayne. "PS Vue: HBO, Cinemax, New Ultra Plan Arrive Today". PlayStation.Blog. Sony Interactive Entertainment LLC. Retrieved 7 November 2016. 
  12. ^ "PlayStation Vue: How to watch HBO NOW". HBO NOW Help Center. Home Box Office. Retrieved 7 November 2016. 
  13. ^ Seppala, Timothy J. "Watch HBO and Cinemax on PlayStation Vue starting today". Engadget. AOL Inc. Retrieved 7 November 2016. 
  14. ^ "PlayStation Vue". PlayStation Network. Sony Interactive Entertainment LLC. Retrieved 7 November 2016. 
  15. ^ Consumer Reports. "PlayStation Vue Streaming TV Goes National at $30 a month". FOX News Tech. FOX News Network, LLC. Retrieved 7 November 2016. 
  16. ^ "PlayStation Vue Lineups". Google Docs. reddit inc. September 17, 2016. 
  17. ^ Meadows, Austin (March 19, 2016). "Sling TV vs. PlayStation Vue: Which Live Streaming Service is Better?". Cut Cable Today. Retrieved May 8, 2016. 
  18. ^ alphasierra42. "An Observation: the CW MIGHT be coming to Vue for Chicagoland.". Reddit. reddit inc. Retrieved 6 November 2016. 
  19. ^ Baumgartner, Jeff. "PlayStation Vue Expands Access to CBS Live Local Feeds". Multichannel News. NewBay Media, LLC. Retrieved 7 November 2016. 
  20. ^ Baumgartner, Jeff. "PlayStation Vue Offers Big 4 Broadcast TV Feeds in All O&O Markets". Multichannel News. NewBay Media, LLC. Retrieved 6 November 2016. 
  21. ^ "New Channels, Additional Lineup Change Coming to PlayStation Vue". PlayStation Blog. PlayStation.com. Retrieved 9 November 2016. 
  22. ^ "PlayStation Vue Has Made a Small Change to Their Channel Lineup". Cord Cutters News. Retrieved 26 January 2017. 
  23. ^ "PlayStation Vue Adds MLB Network". Cord Cutters News. Retrieved 21 March 2017. 

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