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.
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