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Sony adds 200 local TV channels to the PlayStation Vue



Sony announced today that 200 local broadcast stations for the four major networks – ABC, CBS, FOX and NBC – to its PlayStation Vue TV subscription service. The 200 channels are spread over selected markets. With this latest batch, Sony now claims that Vue offers "more than 450" ABC, CBS, Fox and NBC drives across the United States.

Not all customers have access to all four channels. Some Vue subscribers can only get one or two of them – and sometimes no one at all in some areas. A complete list of the new local stations can be found here.

Today, the Sony ESPN College Extra added as an add-on service for Vue, providing sports fans "with the country's best regional college games and matchups from top conferences including football, basketball and baseball throughout the high season."

Sony tries to loosen Vues programming options after losing Viacom networks like Comedy Central and Nickelodeon. And later in May, Sinclair pulled ABC, CBS, Fox and NBC agents as it controls the service, leaving these local customers only on-demand streaming for the four networks.

Today's large contribution of 200 local stations nationwide brings back the idea that Vue's content options shrink. Sony says that the new local stations come "at no extra cost", but it's a little misleading. Today, everyone pays the same price for PlayStation Vue. However, in the past days of service, customers who lived in areas where Vue had not offered live, local ABC, CBS, Fox and NBC stations could pay less money for a "slim" Vue subscription.


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