In 2015 Sony launched its very own television streaming service: PlayStation Vue. The service, which was made available for PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4 users alike, will now be shutting down, Financial Times reports.
Sony Interactive Entertainment officially announced that PlayStation Vue will be a thing of the past in a PlayStation.Blog post. “Today we are announcing that we will shut down the PlayStation Vue service on January 30, 2020.” John Kodera, Deputy President, SIE continued, “Unfortunately, the highly competitive Pay TV industry, with expensive content and network deals, has been slower to change than we expected. Because of this, we have decided to remain focused on our core gaming business.” Kodera added, “We are very proud of what PlayStation Vue was able to accomplish. We had ambitious goals for how our service could change how people watch TV, showcasing PlayStation’s ability to innovate in a brand-new category within the Pay TV industry. We want to thank all of our customers, some of whom have been with us since PlayStation Vue’s launch in 2015.”
This announcement comes days after it was reported Sony was trying to sell off PlayStation Vue. The service combined live and on-demand TV with a cloud-based DVR service to stream television shows, movies and sports directly to consoles — sans cable or satellite subscription. Cost for PlayStation Vue ranged from $49.99 to $69.99 USD a month.
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