Sony Reveals Initial A La Carte Channels, Pricing

PlayStation Vue to Sell Showtime, Fox Soccer Plus, Machinima
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In addition to announcing Los Angeles and San Francisco as the latest launch markets for PlayStation Vue, Sony also revealed a few more details about its first set of a la carte channels that it will sell outside of its new OTT video bundle and the discounts that will be available to PlayStation Plus members later this summer.

In a blog posted soon after Sony’s press event at E3, Eric Lempel, Sony's global head of marketing, outlined the following:

-Showtime will be offered via PlayStation Vue for $10.99 per month starting in July, or $8.99 per month to PlayStation Plus members (PlayStation Plus costs $49.99 per year, $9.99 per month, or $17.99 for three months).

-Starting in August, Sony will offer Fox Soccer Plus will sell for $14.99, or $12.99 per month to PlayStation Plus subscribers.

-Machinima’s first premium TV channel for PS Vue, which will feature exclusive content, will be available later this summer through the service’s Elite package ($69.99 per month), or separately for $3.99 per month (or $1.99 per month for PlayStation Plus members).

The PS Vue FAQ also outlines the local/regional sports channels that will be available to customers in Los Angeles and San Francisco.

In L.A., those on the service’s Core or Elite plans get access to Fox Sports Prime Ticket and Fox Sports West, and subs in “select zip codes” in Los Angeles will also get Comcast SportsNet Bay Area (and Bay Area Plus) and Comcast SportsNet California (and California Plus). In San Francisco, customers on those two tiers will get the following Comcast SportsNet channels: Bay Area, Bay Area Plus, California, and California Plus.

PlayStation Vue is also available to PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 3 users in Philadelphia, New York and Chicago.

“PlayStation Vue will continue to evolve with the addition of more cities and more great content,” Lempel noted in the blog post.

The PS Vue FAQ also outlines recommended Internet speeds for the service – 10 Mbps or higher for the “best experience,” plus 5 Mbps for every additional stream. PS Vue uses adaptive bit rate streaming to keep the video flowing as available data rates fluctuate.

Sony also posted a marketing video about PS Vue. Watch it here.