Sony has been making some big moves in the streaming industry as of late. Just a few days ago, they announced an agreement with Disney that added the ESPN family of channels, Disney, and ABC to their already robust content line up.
Today, they have another announcement: no longer will you need a Playstation 3 or 4 or iPad to use the Vue service. PlayStation Vue is now available on Amazon Fire TV and Amazon Fire TV Stick. Not only that, but it’s also coming soon to Google Chromecast.
Sony Looks to Make Vue a Serious Competitor in the Cord Cutting Industry
Up until recently, no one has really taken PlayStation Vue seriously as a legitimate cord cutting solution for a few reasons. For starters, it’s only available in select cities (currently Dallas, Philadelphia, Miami, New York City, Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Chicago). However, it’s slowly rolling out into more and more cities.
Packages are also a bit more expensive than other streaming services, starting at $49.99 a month. However, with recent additions of ESPN, Disney, and ABC, along with all the other channels like FOX Sports and the big networks like CBS, FOX, and NBC, the service is becoming perhaps the most complete cable replacement on the market, making the cost seem more reasonable.
Finally, the fact that it was only available through PS3, PS4, and iPad (added over the summer) meant that the service was limited to gamers (or families with gamers). However, today’s news shows that Sony is looking to broaden its user base by making Vue available on some of the most popular streaming players.
What’s Next for PlayStation Vue?
While Vue has been fairly slow to roll out and hasn’t garnered much fanfare to this point, it seems clear that Sony is finally ready to take their live streaming service to the next level. Between its huge deal with Disney and its ongoing expansion to new devices, expect to see more announcements about Vue sooner rather than later.
It seems like a safe bet that Vue will expand into new markets in 2016 now that its channels lineup is rounded out and it’s easier to access for those who might not have a gaming console. With CES just around the corner at the start of the year, we could some big things from Vue in the very near future.