GOLDEN VALLEY, Minn. – Sony hopes to make its mark in the growing circle of cord cutter companies by rolling out the PlayStation Vue service in Minnesota and the rest of the U.S.
The gaming company’s service offers live, on-demand TV streamed over the Internet for $29.99 a month.
Until this week, Dish Network's Sling TV was the only live internet TV service that features 23 channels for $20 a month.
Sony Playstation Vue, while more expensive, offers 57 channels in its basic package called “Access Slim.”
Sony sells two higher tiers for $34.99 (70+ channels) and $44.99 (100+ channels).
“Sling TV is a little bit lower priced and has been out a lot longer so it is more compatible with more systems,” says John Brillhart, founder of Cable Alternatives. “It's on the Roku, the Amazon Fire TV, a lot of mobile devices.”
Brillhart believes Vue will market strongly to sports lovers, something cable and satellite have always hung over streaming services.
Sony’s service includes ESPN, ESPN2, NBCSN, Fox Sports 1, Fox Sports 2, and Fox Sports North.
This means viewers can watch Wolves, Wild, and Twins games live.
“This is really a first within the industry for a stand-alone streaming service to deliver a bevy of sports options,” said Brillhart.
Also, you don't need to be a video game lover to get the service. Vue is compatible with Amazon Fire TV and iOS devices like iPhones and iPads.
There is a catch—at least in the Twin Cities market—Vue does not offer local broadcast channels.