Even by giving themselves an edge, Sony still wasn’t able to make their TV streaming service work. Last October, anyone unlucky to subscribe to their PlayStation Vue service was going to have to find another provider that Sony would allow on their eco-system. Having shut everyone out, thinking that would give them a lead. They have, finally, allowed YouTube TV to be available on their platform.
As the month is winding down, and January 30 was shutdown day, Sony was going to have to allow other services on. To be completely honest, YouTube TV is one of the best services that you can use for streaming television content. Having a robust mixture of TV, sports, and news content you could have. If you are still with PlayStation Vue, you can get a free trial of the service of their $50-per-month service.
It is still unclear if, and when, Sony will allow other competitors onto their service. So far, Hulu Live TV, Sling, Spectrum, and others are not allowed on the service.
“Unfortunately, the highly competitive pay TV industry, with expensive content and network deals, has been slower to change than we expected,” Sony said back in October. “Because of this, we have decided to remain focused on our core gaming business.”
Sony had shot themselves in the foot long before their venture into streaming television. Sony, along with Google, don’t have a great record in offering continuous service. Their PlayStation Now, which was supposed to come to all things Sony, died after a year. Their lame attempt, and quick abandonment, of their PlayStation Vita.
As a PlayStation 4 owner, I quickly dismissed their service as an option, because of their lack of support. I opted for an Apple TV and a Roku for various TV streaming options. In the end, I am proud of that decision. Aside of their console, I have faith in anything new, and gimmicky, that comes from them.