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PlayStation Vue cloud-based TV service launches today


playstation-vue-03Sony today officially rolled out PlayStation Vue, their cloud-based streaming television service for PlayStation devices.  PS Vue is initially available only in the New York, Chicago and Philadelphia markets, so cord-cutters out there, listen up.

The cheapest "Access" package will set you back $49.99 a month (no contract required) for access to broadcast networks (CBS, FOX, and NBC) and more than 45 popular channels including Discovery Channel , FX, Fox News Channel, USA Network, Food Network, TNT,  Nickelodeon and AMC.

For another $10, "Core" subscribers will get local regional sports networks (YES Network, Comcast SportsNet Chicago, Comcast SportsNet Philadelphia) along with even more sports and movie networks.

For $20 above the base price, "Elite" subscribers will get access to all the channels from the Access and Core packages, and an additional 25 lifestyle, music and family channels.

The service will expand to other markets and popular devices "in the near future".

Check out all the details below and head on over to the official site for more info.

Sony Network Entertainment International LLC (SNEI) and Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. (SCE) announced that PlayStation Vue, a pioneering cloud-based TV service, will launch today on PlayStation 4 (PS4) and PlayStation 3 (PS3) computer entertainment systems. Offering live and on-demand TV content over the Internet, PlayStation Vue is available initially in New York, Chicago and Philadelphia, starting at $49.99 per month. In addition, PlayStation Vue will also include new network partners such as Fox News Networks, AMC Networks, and Turner Broadcasting.

"The TV experience needs a revolution and PlayStation Vue changes the rules by embracing how today's viewers want to discover and enjoy content," said Andrew House, President and Global CEO of Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. and Group Executive in charge of the Network Entertainment Business. "PlayStation Vue modernizes the TV viewing experience, taking the best of live TV and on-demand content and bringing it to the PlayStation ecosystem in a way that gives control back to viewers and enables them to spend more time watching their favorite programs and less time channel surfing using outdated menus."

Revolutionary New TV Experience

PlayStation Vue puts viewers in control of their experience by enabling them to watch the shows, sports, and movies they love how and when they want – live, DVR, and on-demand. Features include:

  • Live TV – Watch all channels live and see what is trending.
  • Personalization – PlayStation Vue enables users to bring their favorite channels and shows to the forefront of their experience.
  • Cloud DVR – Easily tag shows to watch later with the service's powerful DVR feature. Every episode aired thereafter will be available for up to 28 days in the cloud with no storage limit or scheduling conflicts to manage.
  • Discovery – Innovative Explore, Search and Guide features provide immediate access to the content viewers want, enabling them to watch more and search less.

The Best Content on TV

PlayStation Vue will offer live and on-demand content from more than 85 channels at launch, including many local broadcast stations. These include the following networks and channels:

  • CBS – At launch, PlayStation Vue will offer the CBS Television Network's live linear signal in its owned-and-operated markets. On-demand prime-time programming will be available as well.
  • Discovery Communications – Discovery Channel, TLC, Animal Planet, Investigation Discovery, Science, OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network, Velocity and 11 more brands.
  • Fox – Fox Networks Group's portfolio of national entertainment programming services, including – FX, FXX, FXM, National Geographic Channel and Nat Geo WILD. Additionally FOX Sports' national and regional programming services – FOX Sports 1, FOX Sports 2, BTN, Fox's regional sports networks, including YES Network. Plus the live linear signals of the Fox owned and operated broadcast television stations.
  • Fox News Network – Fox News Channel and Fox Business Network.
  • NBCUniversal – NBCUniversal's portfolio of national programming services – Bravo, Chiller, Cloo, CNBC, CNBC World, E!, Esquire, Golf Channel, MSNBC, NBCSN, NBC UNIVERSO, Oxygen, Sprout, Syfy, Universal HD and USA. Additionally, the agreement includes the NBC and Telemundo owned television stations, as well as multiple NBC Sports Regional Networks.
  • Scripps Networks Interactive – HGTV, Food Network, Travel Channel, DIY Network and Cooking Channel.
  • Turner Broadcasting –TBS, TNT, Cartoon Network, Adult Swim, CNN, CNN en Espanol, Boomerang, Turner Classic Movies (TCM), HLN and truTV.
  • Viacom – BET, CMT, Comedy Central, MTV, Nickelodeon, Nick Jr, TV Land, Spike, VH1 and more.
  • AMC Networks – AMC, IFC, SundanceTV and WE tv (available next month).

Additional partnerships will be announced at a later date.

No Long-term Commitments, No Hidden Fees

PlayStation Vue is simplifying the subscription TV experience with fair and competitive pricing that doesn't require a long-term commitment. Packages now available include the following:

Access

The Access package costs $49.99 per month and includes broadcast networks like CBS, FOX, and NBC as well as more than 45 of the most popular channels such as Discovery Channel , FX, Fox News Channel, USA Network, Food Network, TNT,  Nickelodeon and AMC (available next month).

Core

The Core package costs $59.99 per month and includes all the channels in the Access package, plus local regional sports networks such as YES Network in New York, Comcast SportsNet Chicago, and Comcast SportsNet Philadelphia, as well as additional sports and movie networks.

Elite

The Elite package costs $69.99 per month and includes all the channels in the Access and Core packages as well as more than 25 lifestyle, music and family channels.

Where to Get PlayStation Vue

Starting today, PlayStation Vue is available in New York, Chicago and Philadelphia on PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 3 systems from PlayStation Store. Additional markets will launch later this year. PlayStation Vue will also become available on iPad and other popular devices in the near future.