Sony has confirmed the expansion of PlayStation Vue’s multi-channel packages to the Greater Los Angeles and San Francisco Bay Area designated market areas (DMA) as part of the nationwide rollout of its cloud-based TV service. PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 3 owners in both markets will be able to subscribe to the service immediately, with other markets coming later this year.
PlayStation Vue will also begin offering consumers the option to subscribe to individual channels through its a-la-carte offerings to all PS4 and PS3 owners in the US, beginning with Showtime, FOX Soccer Plus and a new and exclusive premium service from Machinima, with more to come.
“We’re pleased to expand PlayStation Vue’s packages to two additional major TV markets, representing the first time consumers on the West Coast will have access to their favourite live and catch-up TV content, as well as cloud DVR with unlimited capacity,” said Dwayne Benefield, vice president, head of PlayStation Vue at SNEI. “We are seeing strong engagement from PlayStation fans in the three cities where we initially launched, and the introduction of a-la-carte channels nationwide provides viewers even greater choice and flexibility.”
PlayStation Vue offers live local programming so viewers can catch up on local broadcast news or watch their favourite local sports teams in action. PlayStation Vue in the Los Angeles and San Francisco markets will offer users up to 85 channels per market through three existing subscription packages (Access, Core, or Elite) that range from $49.99 to $69.99 per month with no long-term commitment.
PlayStation Vue allows users to subscribe to individual channels without requiring the purchase of a multi-channel package. PlayStation Vue’s initial à La Carte offering will launch nationwide this summer with the following networks.