Sony has good news today for its PlayStation Vue customers in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Philadelphia and San Francisco. They’ll get a $10 a month price cut even as their programming line up expands to include local ABC stations, ESPN, and Disney Channel.
In Dallas and Miami, where ABC doesn’t own the local stations, Vue customers will be able to see some of the network’s programming on demand “at a later date.”
The companies announced in November their plan to offer the Disney channels, but without a date. The agreement provides for in and out of home live and on-demand viewing on multiple devices. Independently owned ABC affiliates can opt-in to provide their live programming to PlayStation users.
The arrangement with Disney helps to fill out Vue’s major broadcast offerings in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Philadelphia, and San Francisco where subscribers can already watch local CBS, Fox, NBC and Telemundo transmissions. Disney
Disney offers ESPN and other channels via Dish Network’s Sling TV, which offers a single stream — meaning it can only serve one device at a time. That enables Sony to call this the “first time Disney and ESPN networks are offered over the internet in a multi-channel pay TV service with multiple streams and cloud DVR.”
The price of the basic Access package, which has more than 60 channels, was lowered to $39.99 a month. It will now include ABC, Disney Channel, Disney Junior, Disney XD, Freeform, ESPN, and ESPN2.
The Core package, which also has some regional sports networks, will cost $44.99 and include ESPNU, ESPNEWS, and SEC Network.
And the Elite offering, which has more than 100 channels, will cost $54.99 and include Fusion, the English-language joint venture with Univision.
The companies say that they plan to sometime add ESPN3, ESPN Goal Line, ESPN Buzzer Beater, ESPN Bases Loaded, Longhorn Network, ESPN Deportes and ESPN Classic to the mix.
Vue subscribers will be able to use their PlayStation Network email address and password to use Disney apps, with WatchESPN, Watch ABC and Disney Channel available without an extra cost.
The Sony service works with the PS4 and PS3, Amazon Fire TV and Fire TV Stick, Apple’s iPad and iPhone, and Google’s Chromecast.
The full line up of Vue channels is available in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Philadelphia, Dallas, San Francisco, and Miami although some including Showtime, Fox Soccer Plus, and Machinima are available nationwide on an a la carte basis.