Well, it looks like YouTube TV may have been the winner of the recent bidding war to get access to PlayStation Vue subscribers. Today Sony sent an email to PlayStation Vue subscribers encouraging them to switch to YouTube TV.
Last week we learned that Sony had put uprights to get access to PlayStation Vue’s 500,000 subscribers up for bidding. The winner was to be picked last week and now Sony has started to promote YouTube TV as a replacement service for PlayStation Vue. According to sources inside Sony, Cord Cutters News learned that Sony was selling the ability to market directly to PlayStation Vue subscribers through a bidding process. Now it looks like YouTube TV was the winner and this email promoting YouTube TV as a replacement for PlayStation Vue was likely just the first step in an effort to move subscribers over to YouTube TV.
Here is the email Sony sent PlayStation Vue subscribers today:
We are writing to share some updates on the PlayStation Vue service.
– All active subscribers will continue to enjoy Live TV, On Demand and DVR programs until the service end date of January 30, 2020.
– In December 2019, subscribers will receive a final bill for PlayStation Vue for the month of December.
– The month of January 2020, will be at no charge, and subscribers will receive an automated billing notification with a $0.00 charge.
– All subscriptions and the service will automatically end on January 30, 2020.
As the PlayStation Vue service is ending, please consider YouTube TV as a cable-free live TV alternative. Watch local sports and news from 70+ channels, all available on your favorite devices. Learn more here. and try it for free.* (Sponsored link)
For the latest on the service discontinuation please visit the FAQ page here. Thank you for your understanding and support.
– The PlayStation™Vue team
* New users only. Must be 18yrs or older. Valid payment method required. Other terms apply.
Recently Cord Cutters News asked our readers who have PlayStation Vue which service they plan to switch to after PlayStation Vue shuts down. Overwhelmingly, they said YouTube TV.
This may not be a surprise as the two services share similar features like an unlimited DVR and similar channel lineups. What is maybe most interesting is that YouTube TV had more than triple the votes of the next service on the list, Hulu.
A surprising number of subscribers said they didn’t plan to replace PlayStation Vue and would instead use on-demand only services, antennas, or some other way of getting TV other than a live TV streaming service.
The fight for PlayStation Vue subscribers will be fierce as a majority of the 500,000 subscribers will be looking for a new service. With only a few thousand subscribers separating Hulu and Sling TV from being the top live TV streaming service, you can see how they will likely spend big to acquire PlayStation Vue’s subscribers.
Are you a PlayStation Vue subscriber? Leave us a comment and let us know what you plan to do when PlayStation Vue shuts down. Do you plan to wait or will you make the switch before the service shuts down?
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