PlayStation Vue: How Sony Change the Way TV Works

Sony plans to make a new breakthrough with their PlayStation console. It seems that they are trying to think out of the box and come up with a new solution and innovation that will make their PlayStation console more appealing. What do you feel about combining PlayStation and TV streaming ability? Yup, this is the significant breakthrough Sony is trying to accomplish with their PlayStation Vue.

The Plan

Naturally, there are reasons why Sony decided to come up with the Vue. You see, the PlayStation has been a major hit and source of revenue for the company. With the success of PlayStation 3 being sold out with total 80 millions of unit or the PlayStation 4 being sold to more than 20 million, Sony wants to create something different – something that can combine the various types of excitement within one single console gear. Coming up with a gaming console is an ordinary idea, but what if the device can also be used to stream TV programs and channels, turning the seemingly regular gaming console into a cable TV decoder – or such thing that is similar, for that matter.

It seems that Sony is pretty confident and optimistic about this plan since they are planning on having the subscribed service for Vue – so if you are interested, you need to register first. The service has been offered and made available in three major cities of Philadelphia, Chicago, and New York. You probably think that Vue is just another regular TV cable service with similar services like other entertainment providers. Well, this is where things get different; aside from the technology being used and incorporated, the Vue also offers other services and coverage that you may not get from other service providers.

The Offers

Aside from providing mixed on demand and live entertainments from traditional networks such as Discovery Communications, NBCUniversal, CBS, NBC, and Fox, Vue also offers the new cloud storage technology to improve your entertainment enjoyment. The cloud system certainly makes compelling appeal since Sony calls it as a virtual unlimited DVR solution. This is the way Sony redefines television and the industry, and they are thrilled to try on the system.

The idea of Vue is to improve the enjoyment of choosing your favorite entertainment options as well as relieving your burden in determining the types of program you want. You see, when you have a cable TV service, sometimes you are stuck with the options of programs because they are already included in the schedule. But the Vue will change everything since you have the freedom only to choose and stream the programs that you want. Everything has been designed in very straightforward and easy manner; you don’t have to be a rocket scientist to figure out the settings and everything.

The fact that the Vue is packed with smart and latest technology will probably appeal bigger reach and expansion of audience. The channel guides, as well as DVR management, have been designed and arranged to help customers like you to have very easy access and arrangement. Here is a simple example; you can add your favorite show into “My Show” list. Once you have done that, Vue will always ‘remember’, record, and keep the backlog from every single episode (of your favorite shows) that is currently aired, making them available in On Demand or Catch Up option within the device. It applies to different networks and channels, so there won’t be any problems in acquiring them. Let’s say, you like “Criminal Minds” so much, you will be provided access to all episodes that are arranged in sequences according to the availability of the network.

Not only the technology is handy to help you arrange your favorite programs, but the smart guidance program will also assist you in the program grid for better access and understanding. Networks will be placed on the top side of the grid and times are set on the left side. It helps a lot because this is the way Vue display the information about the network first, your favorite programs next, and then the available channels. Users will also be given the easiness to watch previous episodes through ‘Back in Time’ search option, where the events are kept within Catch Up or On Demand list. What’s cool is that you are given 28 days to watch the episodes any time you like before it is finally removed.

Sony assures that their service is truly professional and pure, and they won’t create any streaming content roadblocks (things happening to some providers, like Comcast) because they are dealing with authentic matters and materials – which aren’t an issue for them. During their launch, they also include programs from various cable network and broadcast groups like Viacom, Turner, Discovery, CBS, Scripps, Fox News, and much more. They don’t forget local sports content or news either. However, if you want to add AMC Network, you need to wait for another month for the network to be available in Vue. But for now, ABC won’t be included in the options, although Sony claims that there is always the possibility in the future reference, considering that they always expand their features and channels.

For now, Sony has different services for the gaming and entertainment services. PlayStation Plus is for the gaming service while Vue is for the entertainment program. Currently, Sony doesn’t have any plan to combine them all. However, they are thinking about merging the two services together and come with more attractive packages. Although it is unclear when the company will combine both services, it is a sure thing that PlayStation Show “Powers” should be available live in Vue. It is very likely that Vue will end up display a particular channel for PlayStation originals.

Too bad that Vita won’t be able to have access to Vue because Sony believes that everything is too complicated, and the systems to deliver everything are just too difficult. If you are interested, you can always enjoy the trial and free seven days offer, but you will have to choose one of the provided plans, from Access (costs $50 a month), Core, ($60), and Elite ($70). Sports packages are available for Core while music, lifestyle, and family programs are included within Elite.

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