If you want to or plan to cut cords but still need your television shows, you can look forward to options coming to both consoles in the near future.
Sony’s streaming television service, PlayStation Vue, which was previously only available to users who’d received an invite, will launch to the general public in the first quarter of 2015.
The service will have “around 75 channels per market” with content from Fox, NBC Universal and Viacom. The service will provide access to on-demand content as well, with three days of popular programming available and an option to save episodes of your favorite shows for 28 days.
If you’re on Xbox One, Dish Network has your answer. The satellite provider announced at CES this week Sling TV, a tv-over-the-internet service aimed at the same group of cord cutters. Sling TV will be available on other devices, too, like the Amazon Fire TV Stick, Roku boxes, and Samsung Smart TVs.
Sling TV features 12 channels at the basic level, which is $20 on a month-to-month subscription: ESPN, ESPN2, TNT, TBS, Food Network, HGTV, Travel Channel, Adult Swim, Cartoon Network, Disney Channel, ABC Family and CNN. There will be two add on packages available as well – a kids package featuring Disney channels and an informational package featuring The Cooking Channel. Each of these packages is an extra $5 per month.
Sling TV’s channel line-up is quite different from PlayStation Vue, as it highlights ESPN and Time Warner networks and focuses on a much smaller group of channels.
Neither service is finalized – Sony is in talks to add other channels to Vue, and Sling TV has a sports add-on package in the works – but both are set to debut in the first quarter. PlayStation Vue’s price hasn’t yet been set, but with so many more channels than Sling TV, we might see it debut at a higher price.