Sony launches TV service Playstation Vue

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Sony Computer Entertainment on Wednesday launched its cloud-based TV service, called Vue, featuring such popular networks as CBS, Cartoon Network, CNN, Comedy Central, Food Network, Fox, NBC, TBS and Discovery Communications channels including Animal Planet.

Sony TV Playstation-Vue

The service, which runs on Sony’s gaming platform, will be available to PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 3 owners.
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Sony is the latest media company to cobble together a Web-based TV service to appeal to the gamer crowd, cost-conscious young adults and others who live in the 10 million homes in the U.S. without a pay-TV subscription.

For now, Sony is offering Vue in just three metropolitan markets: Chicago, New York and Philadelphia. The basic package of channels, called “Access,” will run $49.99 a month.

Sony has been developing an app to make the service available to Apple iPad users. The company also said it plans to introduce the service in additional cities later this year.

One reason for the limited launch is because broadcast networks NBC, CBS and Fox own the TV stations that carry network shows in the three select markets. In a city where a network doesn’t own a local station, Sony would have to get clearance from the network’s affiliate to run the programming.

The AMC channel, home of “The Walking Dead,” and “Mad Men,” will be available on the service beginning next month.

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