Another day, another streaming TV service goes live.
Sony today launched its PlayStation Vue service for PS3 and PS4 owners in New York, Philadelphia, and Chicago. The service, which starts at $49.99 a month for access to about 50 channels, streams live, pre-recorded, and on-demand content from local broadcast and cable network channels like CBS, NBC, Fox, USA, Comedy Central, TNT, and more.
Sony joins a host of tech companies — from Apple to Dish to HBO — that are offering ways to watch TV with just an Internet connection and without a cable subscription. PlayStation Vue is similar to Sling TV, a service Dish rolled out earlier this year that costs just $20 per month and includes channels like ESPN and CNN.
Sony’s service, which is also available in $59 and $69 package deals, does not include channels like ABC, ESPN, Disney, HBO, or A&E, among others. There are no contracts involved, so you can sign up and cancel as you please. Sony expects to roll out PlayStation Vue to more markets and devices — specifically the iPad — soon.