Sony Corp (NYSE:SNE) has announced the expansion of its PlayStation Vue live TV service on Roku throughout the US. The service can now be accessed on Roku by simply downloading the app on the Roku box.
Apart from support for PlayStation Vue on Roku, the company also announced that it will soon introduce an Alphabet Inc (NASDAQ:GOOGL) Google Cast mobile app for the live TV service which will now cost $30 per month, varying slightly depending on locale. Sony stated that the app for the Android phones and tablets would be available in a week’s time. The PlayStation Vue is a subscription TV service that offers a wide range of channels. Sony offers the service without a contract meaning users can subscribe on a monthly basis and cancel their subscription whenever they want.
Vue is already available on the PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4. It is also supported by Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) devices including iPads and iPhones, and on Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMZN) Fire TV and Fire Stick. Users who have tried out the TV streaming service from Sony on these platforms claim that the Vue performance of the Vue interface is impressive. Previous Roku boxes have been known to have slow processors, but users with the latest versions of the Roku box claim that performance is greatly improved.
One user with the 2016 Roku stick reported that the PlayStation Vue interface’s performance is quick on the device. The user stated that loading shows or thumbnails takes place as soon as the button is pressed. One of the problems that most users faced before was too much time taken to load thumbnails and even more time to load films or shows. The performance of the DVR feature is also satisfactory.
The performance of the Vue app on the Roku box or stick might be good, but one major problem that users will face is the ads. Other than that, Vue has been rated higher than most of its competitive apps due to its wide selection of channels.