August 16, 2019
Sony Interactive Entertainment reportedly is scaling back its involvement with local television affiliates for its branded PlayStation Vue online TV service.
Cord Cutter News, citing emails sent to affiliates from Sony, said the 4-year-old platform is looking to “deprioritize” Vue in marketing efforts across third-party websites.
Launched in 2015, the same year as Dish Network’s pioneering SlingTV, Vue has struggled to generate significant subscriber scale. The platform reportedly has about 800,000 subs — which pales in comparison to Sling’s 2.3 million.
In fact, Vue also trails DirecTV Now, which AT&T is rebranding as “AT&T Now,” YouTube TV and Hulu with Live TV.
Vue in July upped the monthly fee of its basic plan by $5 for existing subscribers to $50 monthly, with additional programming tiers “Elite” and “Ultra” priced at $65 and $85, respectively.
A rep from Sony Interactive Entertainment wasn’t immediately available for comment.