Sony will shut down live TV service PlayStation Vue in January 2020

Ruben Fields
October 30, 2019

Sony began moving away from internet video services previous year when it sold its ad-supported video service Crackle to Chicken Soup for the Soul.

Sony is shutting down its live TV subscription service PlayStation Vue: The company announced Tuesday that Vue will be shuttered on January 30 of next year.

Sony attributed its decision to the "highly competitive Pay TV industry,"and the expensive content and network deals which go along with it". The company says it's made a decision to stay focused on its core gaming business as content and network deals become more expensive. We say "8K content" rather than games because it's not clear yet if either console will actually game at 8K, but even if they can it will be quite awhile before any 8K games become commonplace. "We want to thank all of our customers, some of whom have been with us since PlayStation Vue's launch in 2015", the announcement read.

Rumors of PlayStation Vue's demise started to surface back in August when Sony informed affiliates that Sony had chose to "deprioritize" PlayStation Vue.

PlayStation Vue will stop accepting new trials and resubs "soon".

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Vue was meant to complement subscription-based online services like Hulu and Netflix as well as broadcast TV.

While PlayStation Vue came out relatively early in the Pay TV space and was well received by critics.

According to a recent report by The Information (via Gamasutra), Sony's digital TV service has been haemorrhaging money so much that the company is looking to sell off its technology and subscriber list so it could step away from live TV altogether.

Playstation Vue has also struggled with confusion over the name and poor marketing.

Operating income is expected to be significantly lower than the July forecast primarily due to the impact of the above-mentioned expected decrease in software sales and the negative impact of foreign exchange rates, partially offset by expected cost reductions and an increase in sales for PlayStation Plus. Maybe you've cut the cord entirely?

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