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article imageSony currently beta testing 'Playstation Vue' in NYC

By Can Tran     Dec 14, 2014 in Entertainment
Sony is in the first phase of its beta test for its "Playstation Vue" cloud-based TV service, which is due to launch commercially in 2015.
In mid-November, Sony announced that it would be launching an experimental cloud-based TV service next year for Playstation 3 and Playstation 4, with plans to expand to the Apple iPad. There is the possibility that this new cloud-based TV service, Playstation Vue, will be available on other devices, but will focus on the Playstation 3 and Playstation 4 consoles for now. To access Playstation Vue, which has a monthly subscription, all you need is to have either or both those consoles connected to the Internet.
Sony announced plans for a closed beta that is invite-only. It is testing out the cloud service in New York City, Chicago, Philadelphia, and Los Angeles. This is part of the four-phase plan Sony is implementing to check the viability of Playstation Vue. It will launch commercially sometime in the first quarter of 2015, but there is the possibility of Sony canceling the service if Playstation Vue receives negative reception from the beta testers or pushed to a later date if there are flaws in the programming.
Invites were sent over the weekend to test the service. Since New York City is the first city in the beta test, invites were likely sent out to Playstation 3 and/or Playstation 4 owners living there. That all being reported because the beta testers are legally bound to a non-disclosure agreement. Cable and satellite services are probably watching Playstation Vue carefully.
If Playstation Vue is successful, this would be bad for TV-service providers because it gives another cord-cutting option. When Playstation Vue goes commercial, it will be a month-by-month subscription like Hulu, Crunchyroll, DramaFever, and Netflix. You can cancel at any given time. The fact that you are not bound by a contract should be attractive to many.
To be eligible for the beta test, you need a Playstation Plus membership.
The beta offers 75+ channels as a partnership with CBS, Discovery Communications, Fox, NBCUniversal, Scripps, and Viacom. You can watch content on CBS, Discovery Channel, TLC, FX, FXX, National Geographic, Fox Sports 1, Fox Sports 2, Syfy, CNBC, E!, Oxygen, Telemundo, Comedy Central, MTV, Nickelodeon, Spike, and more.
There is no news of any partnership with Disney or any other company. That means you cannot watch Castle, The Walking Dead, or other certain shows on Playstation Vue. The current lineup for Playstation Vue is impressive enough, but the main concern is the cost of service, which has yet to be revealed.
Will you cut the cord and get Playstation Vue when it comes out commercially?
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