PlayStation Vue, the live streaming service owned by Sony, has added a handful of new features for mobile users, including the capacity to watch regional sports and network affiliates while away from home.
For starters, new customers can now sign up at PSVue.com and start watching programming immediately on a computer, mobile phone or tablet regardless of their location. Previously, a new subscriber had to sign up on a streaming device or the PlayStation gaming console.
Vue also now permits subscribers to watch regional sports channels such as Fox Sports and NBC Sports even if they are outside of their home market. For instance, a Washington, D.C. resident who has the NBC Sports Washington channel could keep up with the Washington Wizards if he or she was traveling in Los Angeles.
The streaming service now also enables you to watch available local broadcast channels in whatever city you are in. So a Vue subscriber from New York could watch the news and prime time shows on Chicago’s network affiliates while traveling there.
The changes are designed to attract more mobile users which Sony believes is the key to building Vue’s subscription totals.
While Sony has not released Vue’s numbers, analysts have estimated the service has approximately 500,000 subscribers. This would leave Vue far behind rivals Sling TV and DIRECTV Now which have 2.2 million and 1.2 million customers respectively.
Vue offers four programming plans, starting with its ‘Access’ plan which costs $39.99 a month for roughly 50 channels.
The service also offers a cloud DVR, and it permits subscribers to stream to five different devices at the same time.
— Phillip Swann