Sony has begun a limited public launch of its PlayStation Vue online television service. It is now live for owners of the PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4 consoles to access in New York City, Chicago and Philadelphia.
The basic Access subscription package for PlayStation Vue costs $49.99 a month and will include both live and on-demand content from nearly 50 broadcast and cable TV networks, including CBS, NBC, FOX, CNN, TNT, TBS, AMC, Comedy Central, Discovery Channel and more. The Core package costs $59.99 a month and adds a number of regional sports networks and movie channels. Finally, the Elite package is priced at $69.99 a month and adds more than 25 lifestyle, music and family channels.
One of the big features for the PlayStation Vue service is its Cloud DVR feature. Sony says:
Easily tag shows to watch later with the service's powerful DVR feature. Every episode aired thereafter will be available for up to 28 days in the cloud with no storage limit or scheduling conflicts to manage.
Sony plans to expand PlayStation Vue to more cities in the future and it will also be available on other devices such as Apple's iPad. The company already has a competitor with Dish Network's Sling TV, which starts at $20 a month and is available on more devices, including the Xbox One console.
Source: PlayStation blog