Sony announced today that they will throw their hat into the Television provider ring with the new Playstation Vue. The service will give users access to over 75 different cable and standard television channels including Animal Planet, National Geographic, Oxygen, Sprout, Syfy, HGTV, Food Network, Travel Channel, Comedy Central, MTV, and Nickelodeon for a yet-to-be announced fee. The first trial run of the Vue is rolling out this month for specially selected PS3 and PS4 users, and is expected to launch sometime next year for a general retail release. In addition to working with Sony’s line of videogame consoles, Vue will also be accessible on portable devices like the iPad.
This move comes after Microsoft’s earlier attempt to feature the Xbox One as a multimedia platform by allowing users to plug their cable box directly into the device, and the formation of Xbox Entertainment Studios — a TV and motion picture production company that has since shut down. Whether the public will actually be willing to pay for TV through Sony’s new service is anyone’s guess. The recent widespread dissatisfaction with traditional cable providers like Comcast means Sony might have hit at just the right time.