Online television is becoming really big in the United States and everyone wants in on the action, including Sony. According to Sony executive Andrew House, the company will be launching the service, known as PlayStation Vue, within two weeks in three major American cities: Chicago, New York, and Philadelphia. At first the service will be available exclusively on the PS3 and PS4 but will eventually launch on the iPad and other devices as well.
Sony Corp. is ramping up its online TV efforts in the U.S., but will face competition from a number of other companies targeting consumers who don’t have pay-television service. Andrew House, president of Sony Computer Entertainment, said Wednesday that the company would start commercial operation of the service, called PlayStation Vue, within two weeks in New York, Chicago and Philadelphia, following invitation-only tests in those cities. The company plans to roll out the new service nationwide by the end of this year. Vue is one of several new U.S. services aimed at “cord cutters,” people who have spurned traditional pay-TV services in favor of other forms of entertainment. PlayStation Vue will compete, for example, with Dish Network Corp.’s recently introduced Sling TV, which operates via a range of streaming devices.