Sony expands its Internet TV play, Vue, to Roku devices

PlayStation Vue, Sony’s Internet TV package, just launched on another platform – Roku – making it just a little bit easier for cord-cutter wannabes to dip their toes in the water before taking the big plunge.

The service, which offers a pay as you go service with no contract, has three tiers:

  • Access: 55+ channels, including live cable TV, movies, and sports channels for $29.99 per month ($39.99 in cities with major live local broadcast stations – currently New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Philadelphia, Dallas, San Francisco, and Miami)
  • Core: 70+ channels, including all the channels from Access with the addition of live national and regional sports networks for $34.99 per month ($44.99 in cities with major live local broadcast stations)
  • Elite: 100+ channels, featuring all the channels from Core with the addition of top movie and entertainment channels for $44.99 per month ($54.99 in cities with major live local broadcast stations)

All tiers include a cloud DVR. Vue provides up to five simultaneous streams across different devices, including up to three mobile devices used outside of the home

Sony says plans to release support for a native Android iteration for phones and tablets is in the works, possibly as soon as next week.

Vue gives consumers another live TV offering to stream aside from Dish Network’s Sling TV (which starts at $20), includes more channels, a DVR and, in cities that support the offering, live broadcast channels, too.

The service rolled out across in the U.S. in March after a limited beta that saw it available only on Sony PlayStation game consoles. It has since added Amazon Fire TV, the iPhone and iPad and, now, Roku.

Stay tuned.

Jim O’Neill is Editor of Videomind and Principal Analyst at Brightcove. You can follow him on Twitter @JimONeillMedia and on LinkedIn