Sony announced an expansion to the list of devices that support its PlayStation Vue, which now allows Amazon Fire TV and Fire TV Stick users to access the streaming TV service, with Chromecast to soon follow.
PlayStation Vue will now be available on a total of seven devices, which includes the PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Amazon Fire TV and Fire TV Stick, iPhone, iPad, and soon, Chromecast. Notice there is no access for Android devices and, strangely enough, the service has not yet clinched for Sony's PlayStation TV set-top box that launched last October.
The expansion to include Amazon Fire TV and Fire TV Stick means that customers can now access the cloud-based TV service directly on their HDTV without needing the PlayStation consoles.
Users can either access their existing PlayStation Vue account on Amazon Fire TV and Fire TV Stick, or sign up for a free trial option on the PlayStation Vue website, or access it on the PS4 and PS3 consoles, to now stream content from PS Vue on additional televisions in their house.
"Adding PlayStation Vue to these popular streaming devices is a great way to extend our pioneering cloud-based TV service to other TVs in the household and to reach new consumers who don't own PlayStation consoles," Dan Myers, head of product for PlayStation Vue said in a press release. "With the holiday season around the corner, now is the ideal time for us to expand PlayStation Vue access, as many consumers will be purchasing or receiving these media devices as gifts."
To sweeten the deal, Sony is offering customers who sign up for the PS Vue's Core or Elite packages a free Amazon Fire TV Stick with their first month paid subscription starting on Nov. 15. The company also slashed the prices for these packages a bit, with Core now available for $54.99 (from $59.99), and Elite now available for $64.99 (from $69.99) in select markets. Pre-existing subscribers will receive the new price in the next billing cycle.
Sony's Internet TV service launched in March with several networks like ABC, NBC, CBS and Fox, and the service also offers standalone channels including Showtime, EPIX Hits, Fox Soccer Plus, and Machinima, along with multichannel packages that are available for customers in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Philadelphia, Dallas, San Francisco and Miami.
Sony revealed that customers will be able to access PlayStation Vue on Chromecast via the PlayStation Vue Mobile app for iOS devices later this year.