Sony annouced its decision to shut down PlayStation Vue.
PlayStaton Vue says goodbye by removing its service and leaving everything to YouTube and Google. After about five years on the market, Sony will switch off the PlayStation Vue cloud TV service in early 2020. The hoped-for goals were apparently not achieved. The service will be switched off so that the company can concentrate on gaming as its core business.
The PlayStation Vue cloud TV service was launched by Sony in 2015. And now it will be switched off in early 2020, as Sony Interactive Entertainment has announced. This confirms previously circulating rumors about the spin-off of this division.
Sony recently announced Vue app for Apple TV
Vue had 800,000 subscribers
According to Sony, the company has made a decision to focus more on its core business. The TV service was only offered in the United States, where around 800,000 customers were subscribed to it in May 2019. Around 80 channels were offered. On the official US PlayStation blog, Sony’s John Kodera announced the end of PlayStation Vue:
Today we are announcing that we will shut down the PlayStation Vue service on January 30, 2020. Unfortunately, the highly competitive Pay TV industry, with expensive content and network deals, has been slower to change than we expected. Because of this, we have decided to remain focused on our core gaming business.
So they put aside any attempt to become digital distributors of movies, series, etc., and will focus on theirs: Video games. And who is going to occupy that space? Well, YouTube and Google.
When will Sony shut down PlayStation Vue?
The service will shut down on January 30 as it was announced on the website with a simple message:
We regret to inform you that Sony Interactive Entertainment has discontinued the PlayStation Vue service as of January 30, 202.