Sony to shut down PlayStation Vue

John Kodera for the offical PlayStation Blog:

Over four years ago, we made a bold decision to change the rules and revolutionize the traditional TV-viewing experience in the U.S. with PlayStation Vue. We set the bar high and sought to innovate an established industry by delivering a modern TV experience. By completely rethinking live and on demand television, we offered an incredible user experience that allowed viewers to discover and watch content in completely new ways.

Today we are announcing that we will shut down the PlayStation Vue service on January 30, 2020. Unfortunately, the highly competitive Pay TV industry, with expensive content and network deals, has been slower to change than we expected. Because of this, we have decided to remain focused on our core gaming business.

PlayStation fans can continue to access movie and TV content through the PlayStation Store on PS4 and via our partnerships with top entertainment apps. With 100 million PlayStation 4s in the market today, our community continues to grow and thrive. We will continue to deliver the best entertainment experiences across the network, along with other key gaming services, including PlayStation Now and PlayStation Plus.

We are very proud of what PlayStation Vue was able to accomplish. We had ambitious goals for how our service could change how people watch TV, showcasing PlayStation’s ability to innovate in a brand-new category within the Pay TV industry. We want to thank all of our customers, some of whom have been with us since PlayStation Vue’s launch in 2015.

We appreciate your continued support as we move through this transitional period and look toward the future.

MacDailyNews Take: Ugh. That’s the over-the-top TV service that we use. Well, the search begins anew! Any recommendations?


    1. Been using Hulu love now for about 8weeks. I chose it because they cover all the channel I care about. I’ve had zero down time and have never had any buffering. The new channel guide is great as well if you like that view to see what’s on. I’m sure there are others out that just as good, but for the price with unlimited screens I’m very happy with the service.

  1. Sony sure know how to present failure as some glorious triumph don’t they. And this is a. Ompany with large entertainment assets made for such a service one might have thought. I Remember when Sony used to be the biggest name in the electronics business especially at the top end, a leader and innovator. Now they are just a relative minnow struggling to be relevant where it matters. I wonder where their ‘look to the future’ will take them now that innovation and quality aren’t on the agenda. Cook would make a good President for them, he seems to share their (lack of) core vision though I guess deep pockets has helped out in that regard. If they can’t make new, dynamic and good quality ideas work however, then inevitably they increasingly consolidate on the old and average. But that usually only works for a while and the ediface starts to crumble. That would be a sad fate.

  2. This will be the fate of all streaming services until we are pretty much back to square one with expensive ‘cable’. The Valley has innovated how, exactly? Funny to me that tech companies themselves are what they purported to want protect us against with ‘net neutrality’ years ago. They are a farce and they are impossible to respect, Apple included.

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