PlayStation Vue, Sony’s TV cloud-streaming service, will launch much earlier than expected. PS4 and PS3 users will be able to stream TV content without the need for a cable in the first quarter of 2015.
Sony President and CEO Kaz Hirai made the announcement during Sony’s CES 2015 press conference. It’s quite impressive that the service is ready to launch after only being announced back in November, and entering into a closed-beta shortly after. The service will initially launch on PS4 and PS3, and will expand onto iPad and other non-Sony devices in the near future. CBS, Discovery Communications, NBC, Viacom, and Fox are some of the big name networks on board with the service.
The on big mystery is the price. Sony has already confirmed that PlayStation Vue will be offered as a month-to-month subscription. The key here is to entice customers to drop their cable subscriptions for PlayStation Vue, a somewhat tricky proposition if prices are too high. Sony will also need to strike deals with companies like Time Warner and Disney who are still not on board with the service.