According to a recent Sony blog post, the company behind the PlayStation will be shutting down PlayStation Vue on January 30, 2020.
Rumors had been circulating that Sony has been shopping around to see if any other media companies were interested in purchasing the streaming service, but nothing seems to have come to fruition on that front. Regardless, the Japanese media entity will be discontinuing its streaming service early next year.
Users who wish to continue viewing movies and TV on their PlayStation 4 and the future generation of consoles will be able to do so through Sony’s partnerships with other streaming services, such as Netflix and Hulu, and by purchasing movies on the PlayStation Store.
The decision to shut down PlayStation Vue came about as Sony “decided to remain focused on [their] core gaming business.”
In their statement, Sony speaks of the “ambitious goals for how [their] service could change how people watch TV, showcasing PlayStations’ ability to innovate in a brand-new category within the Pay TV industry.”
PlayStation Vue launched in 2015 in the United States. Sony bases the decision to shut the service down on the Pay TV industry being ultra competitive and slower to change “than expected… with expensive content and network deals.”
With Sony shifting their focus to the PlayStation 5 for its presumable release in holiday 2020, shutting down its TV streaming service allows the company to hammer in the powerful gaming capabilities for its upcoming system as it gears up to compete with Microsoft’s Project Scarlett.
For the foreseeable future, PlayStation fans will have to access their movies and TV through the PlayStation 4 and other streaming apps.
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