If you’re a baseball fan, you just got a little more of a reason to sign up for PlayStation Vue. The streaming television service announced today that Sony has added MLB Netork to Vue’s Core package of channels.
That means just $35 a month ($45 in a select few markets) gets you MLB Network, ESPN, Fox Sports 1, and a number of other cable channels, all streaming live.
This is a big more for Vue, as its makes it the cheapest way to watch live baseball. Vue rival Sling TV doesn’t carry MLB Network at all, and competitor DIRECTV NOW is more expensive. Subscribers to Vue service can now stream MLB Network on Roku, Chromecast, Amazon Fire TV and Fire Stick, Android, and more.
For Vue, the move is just a recent in a number of steps to make the service more attractive to sports fans. They added NBA TV and NFL Network last year, and they debuted a “multi screen” feature for this year’s March Madness tournament. Sony has also announced plans for a live sports ticker that will run across the bottom of the screen, with the option to turn it off if you’re watching a game.
Live sports have long been one of the things cord cutters miss most, and it’s clear PlayStation Vue is targeting those fans hard. MLB Network will carry a number of MLB games live each week, with more than 40 in April, plus several live studio shows packed with analysis and highlights.
The only downside is that there will likely be some local blackouts if you’re watching an in-market game. But that only applies to certain teams, and depends on how their TV contracts are structured.
For sports fans though, this is nothing but good news. And as streaming TV services find more ways to bring live sports to fans, cutting cable looks better and better.