Sony has taken the wraps off its new cloud-based TV service dubbed ‘PlayStation Vue’ through which it intends to offer live shows and on-demand content without users requiring a cable or satellite service.
The PlayStation Vue service will allow users to view the most popular shows for three days after they air, and will let them save their favourite shows to the cloud which will remain available to watch for up to 28 days. Sony has confirmed there will be no storage restrictions.
“PlayStation Vue reinvents the traditional viewing experience so your programming effortlessly finds you, enabling you to watch much more of what you want and search a lot less,” Sony’s Andrew House said.
The company said its new TV service will initially support around 75 channels such as FX, Fox’s sports channels, NBC, Bravo, Food Network, Comedy Central, and Nickelodeon owned by major programmers including CBS, Discovery Communications, Fox, NBCUniversal, Scripps Networks Interactive and Viacom.
The Electronics giant said it will begin rolling out PlayStation Vue in an invite-only free beta during November only for some select PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 3 owners in New York, followed by launch in Chicago,Philadelphia and Los Angeles.
The service will also be available on iPad in months to come, and later on to more Sony and non-Sony devices. PlayStation Vue is expected to witness a commercial launch in the 2015 first quarter.
Although Sony did not close pricing details for the new service, but it has revealed that subscriptions will be non-contracted and paid for on a month-by-month basis.
There’s no word yet on the service’s UK launch.