Sony’s cloud-based TV service, PlayStation Vue, is expanding to new regions — San Francisco and Los Angeles. And along with that expansion, a first-of-its-kind a la carte channel service is getting rolled out by as early as July 2015. The on-demand channel subscription means that Sony has become the first company to offer channel services without bundles.
Andrew House, Prez and Global CEO at Sony Computer Entertainment, spoke at Sony’ pre-E3 Keynote,
This year, we also delivered on the promise of PlayStation Vue, one of the most ambitious services we’ve created since launching the Network.
PlayStation Vue is not just a streaming service, it’s a complete live TV experience designed for the gamer, making it simpler and easier to find the television they want. We are currently in the New York, Chicago and Philadelphia markets; and we are launching tonight in San Francisco and in Los Angeles.
As seems to be the norm at this year’s E3 edition, details remain sketchy at best. Users can choose which stations they want on their Vue. The inital selection bounty is very limited; restricted to only Machinima, Showtime and Fox Soccer Channel through the a la carte feature. Hopefully, other popular channels like Comedy Central and CBS will soon be made available. Pricing details haven’t been spoken about at all.
Currently, Vue, which launched in March of this year, offers users tv channel bundles starting at $50 a month per user.