By: Jimmy Clark
For years, having cable television was the only way to access your favorite TV shows, sporting events, and movies. Lately though, cable television has taken a back seat to other applications such as Hulu, Amazon, and Netflix. Now in 2015, the TV Internet Service called the Sony Playstation Vue is looking to be one of them. The newest way of watching your favorite shows is called Internet TV, where you can stream your favorite shows live off of the internet. Vue gives you the possibility to stream channels such as NBC, Comedy Central, Fox News, MTV and 80 others on your PlayStation game console. It’s also bundled with many other features including an infinite DVR that never fills up.
The biggest concern we see with the Vue is the price. Vue costs $50 to $70 a month, depending on your channel lineup, which is more expensive than your original cable plan. The prices from Internet TV may not beat cable, but you’re adding more on to what you already have without leaving anything behind. Back in January, Sling TV became the first ever Internet TV steaming service at $20 a month. Vue offers more popular channels like NBC and FOX News, but of misses out some of the big channels such as NBC, Disney, and ESPN. Sony claims that they are currently attempting to make deals to bring more of these channels aboard, which might be important since ESPN is already included in the Sling TV package.
Vue, for the moment, is only included in big cities such as New York, Chicago and Philadelphia because its content agreements are specific to local markets. It’s currently trying to expand into new metro areas in the near future. It’s also only accessible for those who either own a PlayStation 3 or 4. Sony claims that if you’re biased towards Xbox, or you’re not a gamer, it’s simply is not for you. Writer Geoffrey A. Fowler claims, “Operating the TV with the game controller frustrated me for about an hour until I figured out its seven buttons. A traditional linear program guide shows what’s on right now—though there’s no one-button way to change the channel.”
Vue’s interface includes a big list of all of your shows that you can search alphabetically or by categories. As I added before, the DVR has unlimited storage, but it saves everything in the cloud which can amass shows with wild abandon. One flaw of the DVR system is when fast-forwarding and rewinding your recorded shows, you can’t see where you’re skipping which makes it hard to move passed the commercials efficiently.
Accessing PlayStation Vue is not about saving money. When you access Vue it’s about getting a premium viewing experiences that gives you better options than cable. Internet TV is new so it’s certain that its software will keep improving in the future. I see the climb of Internet TV being slow, but I see it eventually becoming more popular over time. You see it in music with the popularity of steaming music with Spotify and Pandora, and I think that we will see the same trend with TV.