PlayStation Vue, Sony’s OTT-TV service, followed up on its pledge to add Web support for PCs and Macs.
Sony, which last week announced plans to hit that platform “soon,” said support for PCs and Macs was launched Thursday. The service’s Web implementation includes unique features such as a “mini-player” that enables viewers to shrink the live TV window to the corner of the browser window and continue browsing the PS Vue service.
PS Vue recently added support for Android TV devices (OS 4.4 or higher, including integrated Android TVs and streaming devices such as the Nvidia Shield). PS Vue is also compatible with PS4 and PS3 consoles, Roku devices, iOS and Android smartphones and tablets, Amazon Fire TV boxes and the Fire TV Stick, and the Google Chromecast streaming adapter.
Speaking at the recent Next TV Summit in New York, Dwayne Benefield, VP and head of PS Vue, said the OTT-TV service is expanding its reach, attracting consumers beyond millennials and gamers, following the introduction of a national multichannel offering and expansion on a broader range of devices.
PS Vue is expanding that reach as competition in the OTT-TV sector continues to heat up. In addition to traditional MVPDs and Sling TV, which is focused on a more slimmed down lineup, PS Vue will also be contending with DirecTV Now, which is expected to launch later this month with a base package that runs $35 per month. Hulu, meanwhile, is working toward an early 2017 launch of its own multichannel TV service.
YouTube reportedly is working on a virtual MVPD service under the “Unplugged” banner, with CBS among the programmers that have already inked distribution deals for it.