PlayStation platform holder Sony is targeting the cable TV market with a new video on demand service.
Interesting, PlayStation Vue will not be a PlayStation-only product, with an iPad version already in development alongside the PS4 and PS3 releases.
It will launch with around 75 channels in the US including the likes of Fox’s assorted selection (FX, Sports, National Geographic etc), Discovery, CBS, NBC and Viacom’s stable (which includes Comedy Central, Nickelodeon and MTV).
Notable omissions from that list include Turner (Cartoon Network) and Disney. Sony says that discussions with other potential partners are continuing.
There will be lots of back-catalogue content while shows aired over the previous three days will also be available. Users will have the option of saving particular episodes for viewing up to 28 days later.
Subscription will be monthly with no contracts or cancellation fees
"PlayStation Vue brings the best of live TV and a robust catalogue of the latest content, always keeping you connected to what’s popular, new and trending,” SCE president Andrew House said. Today’s announcement builds on the historic success of PlayStation 4 and demonstrates what our company is capable of when we embrace disruption and stay true to gamers."
PlayStation Vue will launch in the US in Q1 2015 with the iPad release to follow after.