For years now Sony has kept PlayStation game consoles free of any service competing with PlayStation Vue. Services like Hulu could offer on-demand content but not their live TV service. Others like Sling TV, YouTube TV, fuboTV, and more have been completely locked out of Sony’s gaming systems.
Now according to reports Cord Cutters News has received, multiple live TV streaming services are bidding to not only buy the tech behind PlayStation Vue but also to have Sony add their apps to the PlayStation 4.
According to our sources, Sony plans to pick a winner this week. Sadly, we do not know if Sony will agree to drop its ban on live TV streaming services from its gaming services allowing companies who don’t buy part of PlayStation Vue to be added to the PlayStation 4. But with PlayStation Vue shutting down, there doesn’t seem to be a reason to block services like Sling TV, YouTube TV, and fuboTV on Sony’s gaming systems anymore. Yet Sony seems to want to use the ability to add a competitor’s app to the Playstation 4 as a way to drive up the price of the tech behind PlayStation Vue. The only way we may know who wins the bidding war is by what live TV streaming service is added to the PlayStation 4 in the months to come.
Hopefully, soon PlayStation 4 owners will find they have new options when it comes to watching live TV. For Sony, adding new live TV streaming services could help them keep users inside the PlayStation ecosystem instead of going out and buying a Roku or Fire TV so they can watch live TV.
With Sony no longer selling new subscriptions to PlayStation Vue and December being the final month that they will bill current PlayStation Vue subscribers, there seems to be no reason not to allow other services on to the PlayStation platform.
Whatever service is first on the PlayStation will likely have a huge leg up on getting the estimated 500,000 PlayStation Vue subscribers as Sony has reported that the PlayStation was the most popular device for PlayStation Vue subscribers.
Do you own a PlayStation? What streaming service would you like to see Sony add? Leave us a comment and let us know.
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