In a move that should actually make PlayStation Vue a viable option for those who want to cut the cord while still able to watch televised sports, Sony has announced they have partnered with Disney to bring some of their television stations to Sony’s streaming service. According to Game Informer, among those channels in the deal include ESPN, ABC and additional cable content.
Here’s a breakdown of what exactly is coming to PlayStation Vue:
- ABC Owned Stations Group
- ABC Family (becoming Freeform in January)
- Disney Channel
- Disney Junior
- Disney XD
- ESPN College Extra
- ESPN Deportes
- ESPN Classic
- ESPN Goal Line
- ESPN Buzzer Beater
- ESPN Bases Loaded
- Longhorn Network
- SEC-ESPN Network
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What’s interesting about the deal is the amount of control offered to PlayStation Vue users. On-demand programming comes standard, but the deal allows users to watch live television from a local ABC affiliate. The service is currently only available in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Philadelphia, Dallas, San Francisco and Miami.
And there is where it becomes tricky. PlayStation Vue may have already won the hearts of some, but there are too many restrictive factors at play from making it a truly desirable service. Its current price points start at $49.99 and go all the way up to $69.99. That costs too much money for a service that runs on internet streaming. Furthermore, the service isn’t widespread in its platform availability. Once it arrives on more devices like Apple TV or others, perhaps it might be worth looking into.
For now, it seems like you need a PlayStation 4 in a very small amount of locations (compared to the rest of the world). Those hurdles need to be cleared if PlayStation Vue is to become a success.