Sony has expanded its PlayStation Vue live-streaming television service, adding 200 local channels for markets throughout the United States. The expansion adds new NBC, ABC, CBS, and FOX local channels for many customers, bringing the total number of local stations on Vue to more than 450.
PlayStation Vue is Sony’s alternative to offerings like DirecTV NOW and Sling TV. Users can stream live television channels over the Internet rather than with typical satellite or cable offerings, enjoying many of the features of both — like DVR — with some added benefits.
Users can, for example, stream content using a mobile device rather than watching on their television. A lack of local stations was an initial downside of these streaming services, requiring users to get an OTA TV antenna to pick up local broadcasts. That has slowly changed and PlayStation Vue is no exception.
With these local channels, customers are able to watch their local news and home sports games, making them an attractive addition for certain users. To simplify discovering which channels are new, Sony has added a search tool on the PlayStation Vue website, where anyone can click on an network affiliate broadcast station and see which cities have access to it.
In addition to the local channels, PlayStation Vue offers many broadcast, cable, and regional networks, including popular offerings like CBS Sports Network, ESPN, Syfy, CNN, Disney XD, and more. Individual channel availability depends on location and which package the customer signs up for. The full list can be found here.