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Sony to shut down PlayStation Vue in January

Four years after launch, TV subscription to close due to "slow-to-change" industry

Sony has announced it will be shutting down its TV subscription service, PlayStation Vue, after four years.

Users will be able to continue their subscriptions through January 30, 2020, after which point it will shutter for good. All other TV and movie apps will remain on the PlayStation Store as normal. The website currently says that at some point "in the near future," new trial and paid subscription sign ups will be deactivated.

PlayStation Vue launched in March of 2015, but struggled to attract and maintain subscribers throughout its lifespan. The service raised its prices several times over the years, and at the moment the cheapest plan is $50/month.

"Unfortunately, the highly competitive Pay TV industry, with expensive content and network deals, has been slower to change than we expected," said Sony Interactive Entertainment deputy president John Kodera in a blog post. "Because of this, we have decided to remain focused on our core gaming business.

"We are very proud of what PlayStation Vue was able to accomplish. We had ambitious goals for how our service could change how people watch TV, showcasing PlayStation's ability to innovate in a brand-new category within the Pay TV industry. We want to thank all of our customers, some of whom have been with us since PlayStation Vue's launch in 2015."

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Latest comments (2)

Ron Dippold Software/Firmware Engineer A year ago
It's not that the industry was too slow at keeping up with Vue, it's that Vue wasn't keeping up with the ridiculous pace of the industry (even if it is a customer hostile direction). Everybody else but the ill-fated DirectTV has been adapting, but Vue's just been ponderously slogging on with their old model, IIRC never above 500K subscribers, and even most people with a Playstation couldn't even tell you what a Vue was. Yet another product Sony launched, got bored of, and didn't support because it can only focus on one or two at once.
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Jeff Kleist Writer, Marketing, Licensing A year ago
Itís more the simple economics.

Microsoft looked into doing this a decade ago. They killed it becaise they realized without a critical and extremely large mass of subscribers cable TV terms arenít going to change just for you. The costs of acquisition, production and transmission of content are only going up, and only people with existing franchises like Sling(aka Dish) have the power to negotiate these cheap packages people will actually buy

Basically no one else is offering a bundle you canít match or beat bundling with your internet, so why bother?The real breakthrough is one sling developed the sports omitting packages, which saved their end-user tons of money. ESPN alone is over six dollars a month wholesale, not the end-user cost. For those of us that couldnít give a hoot about sports, being forced to pay hundreds of dollars a year is often the deal breaker. Most of the other stations you donít watch your cost you less than a quarter apiece, usually significantly less
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