The recently unveiled PlayStation Vue TV streaming service is set to launch this month on Sony’s home entertainment consoles but shortly thereafter will be making its way to a competing platform, which in this case is Apple’s iPad. In a recent announcement, Sony mentioned that the PlayStation Vue service will debut this month in an invite-only beta preview for PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 3 owners. The service will then make its way on the iPad, though no specific launch window was given.

After the beta period, a phased rollout of Vue will begin in New York, followed by Chicago, Philadelphia and Los Angeles. More Sony devices and along with some non-Sony products will also be gaining access to the service after Apple’s iPad gets it.

For those of you who didn’t know, Sony lined up quite a few networks for Vue which will be offering around 75 channels per market during its beta period. Partners for the service include CBS, Discovery, Fox, NBC, Universal and Viacom. Specific stations offered through PlayStation Vue will include the following: Discovery Channel, TLC, Animal Planet, FX, Fox Sports 1, Bravo, CNBC, E, NBC Sports Network, HGTV, Food Network, Travel Channel, BET, CMT, Comedy Central, MTV, and Nickelodeon.

One thing that Sony didn’t announce was the price, though the company says its service will be available at a “fair and competitive” cost with no hidden fees or charges. The service is also set to be contract-free, offered on a month-to-month basis with no equipment or installation charges needed like TV viewers have with many of the cable providers. Furthermore, content from Vue will be available on both live and on-demand and won’t require a cable or satellite service subscription.

Features include smart search features with full availability of the last there days of popular programming without the need to record and the ability to save shows to the cloud without storage restrictions.

The beta period is set to last through the end of the year and PlayStation Vue is scheduled to launch commercially during the first quarter of 2015. Will any of you be trying it out?

As far as Apple’s involvement in the space, the Cupertino California company is said to be interested in offering its own Internet-based streaming television service but has reportedly run into several roadblocks. We’ll have to wait patiently to see what move Apple makes in the space. If there is one thing we know about Apple, it's that they may not be the first to the game with services or features but when they make an introduction, they really do it right. Times like these make it exciting to be a consumer with all the changes to come.

Source: PRNewsWire via CNET