Sony has announced a new product that could make its consoles even more popular with customers: the PlayStation Vue cloud-based TV and on-demand content streaming service. PlayStation Vue will be available in the U.S. at some point in the first quarter of 2015, Reuters reports, at which point users will be able to watch both live TV and on-demand content on their PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 3 consoles without requiring an separate pay TV subscription.
The service will be available as an invite-only beta at first, starting in November for select PlayStation owners in New York, Chicago, Philadelphia and Los Angeles. It will offer users 75 channels per market from various programmers including CBS, Discovery, Fox, NBCUniversal, Scripps Networks Interactive and Viacom.
Even though the service will initially be available on PS4 and PS3, Sony will also launch it on iPad and various other Sony and non-Sony devices in the future.
PlayStation Vue will let users view catch-up and on-demand TV, allowing them to stream TV programs that are up to three days old without having to schedule recordings.