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Sony to offer Internet TV Service

2014-11-13 09:39 by
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Sony has unveiled PlayStation Vue, a cloud-based TV service that will initially offer about 75 channels. Some of the included programs are those of CBS, NBC and Fox in some regions, popular cable networks such as USA, FX, Discovery, Bravo, MTV, Comedy Central and the Food Network.

Curently, the service is intended for the users of Internet-enabled PlayStation game consoles (PS3 and PS4) in the United States, but Sony has plans to extend the service later to other non-Sony devices like the iPad.

PlayStation Vue will begin with an invite-only beta preview during November, starting in New York, followed later by Chicago, Philadelphia, and Los Angeles. Pricing and package details aren't clear yet, but the company claims the no-contract offering will provide the service at a "fair and competitive price that is transparent with no hidden fees or charges."

PlayStation Vue is different from the conventional TV services in the way that consumers navigate and find the content they want. The service allows users to search quickly for shows, mark their favorites, scan recommendations, and store programs in a cloud-based digital video recorder.

"It looks very similar to your cable and satellite subscription, but they are innovating on the user experience," said Rebecca Glashow, senior vice president for digital distribution and partnerships at Discovery Communications, one of Sony's network partners. "It's more Internet-like in the way that you navigate, search and discover content."

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