Sony’s Internet-based streaming TV service, Vue, has now been made available on PlayStation consoles in select markets and will be coming to Apple’s iPad soon. The news comes as consumers continue to turn to streaming services as cable cutting continues to grow. The new Sony Vue service includes 53 channels for $50 per month including several broadcast networks such as CBS, Fox and NBC as well as popular cable networks such as TNT, MTV, Nickelodeon, CNN and Comedy Central. Those who step up to the $60 plan will be able to see regional sports networks like YES, Comcast, SportsNet Chicago and Philadelphia, and Big Ten, while expanding options such as FXM and Sprout come in at the $70 tier.

Channels that opted out of participating in Vue include Disney’s ABC and ESPN. Working against Sony’s Vue is the fact that Dish’s competing $20-per-month Sling TV does include these networks.

For those of you who didn’t know, Sony first announced Vue last November and debuted the service in a limited invite-only beta. The recent more formal launch brings it to PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4 consoles in New York, Chicago and Philadelphia with more markets scheduled to come later this year. Furthermore, support for Apple’s iPad with a dedicated app is also said to be coming soon but Sony hasn’t given a launch timeframe for this. The Vue also features both live TV and cloud VR functions.

Those of you interested in the channel lineup for the service can find it below:

  • CBS - At launch, PlayStation Vue will offer the CBS Television Network's live linear signal in its owned-and-operated markets. On-demand prime-time programming will be available as well.
  • Discovery Communications - Discovery Channel, TLC, Animal Planet, Investigation Discovery, Science, OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network, Velocity and 11 more brands.
  • Fox - Fox Networks Group's portfolio of national entertainment programming services, including - FX, FXX, FXM, National Geographic Channel and Nat Geo WILD. Additionally FOX Sports' national and regional programming services - FOX Sports 1, FOX Sports 2, BTN, Fox's regional sports networks, including YES Network. Plus the live linear signals of the Fox owned and operated broadcast television stations.
  • Fox News Network - Fox News Channel and Fox Business Network.
  • NBCUniversal - NBCUniversal's portfolio of national programming services - Bravo, Chiller, Cloo, CNBC, CNBC World, E!, Esquire, Golf Channel, MSNBC, NBCSN, NBC UNIVERSO, Oxygen, Sprout, Syfy, Universal HD and USA. Additionally, the agreement includes the NBC and Telemundo owned television stations, as well as multiple NBC Sports Regional Networks.
  • Scripps Networks Interactive - HGTV, Food Network, Travel Channel, DIY Network and Cooking Channel.
  • Turner Broadcasting -TBS, TNT, Cartoon Network, Adult Swim, CNN, CNN en Espanol, Boomerang, Turner Classic Movies (TCM), HLN and truTV.
  • Viacom - BET, CMT, Comedy Central, MTV, Nickelodeon, Nick Jr, TV Land, Spike, VH1 and more.
  • AMC Networks - AMC, IFC, SundanceTV and WE tv (available next month).
Apple is reportedly set to compete in the streaming service space with their own offering that is rumored to be either between $30 or $40 per month. As of right now the company Is reportedly in talks for deals with several major partners including ABC, CBS and Fox. We’ll have to wait and see what ends up happening.

Source: Vue via Engadget