Widely viewed as having one of the most robust channel offerings in the virtual MVPD market, but coming in a bit light on sports, Sony PlayStation Vue has introduced a 13-channel, $10-a-month “Sports Pack” that features a range of national and regional sports channels.
Included in the add-on package are additional ESPN networks: ESPN Bases Loaded, ESPN Classic and ESPN Goal Line.
Professional league channels NFL RedZone and MLB Strike Zone are featured, as is the Longhorn Network and Outside TV. NBCUniversal regional sports networks CSN Chicago, CSN Mid-Atlantic, CSN New England, CSN Northwest, CSN Philadelphia, NBC Sports Bay Area and NBC Sports CA are also included.
One of the first v-MVPDs to launch, debuting in early 2015, PlayStation Vue has amassed around 450,000 subscribers, according to a report by Bloomberg Tuesday, which cited anonymous sources.
Earlier this week, Sony announced that it had signed a deal with the National Cable Television Cooperative to have some of the group’s 850-plus member companies bundle Vue alongside their broadband-only packages.
Notably, however, the NCTC also carved a similar deal with Fubo TV for the rival v-MVPD’s sports-heavy Fubo Premier package.
Vue’s entry-level “Access” package goes for $39.99 a month and includes ESPN, ESPN 2, Fox Sports 1 and Fox Sports 2 among its 50 channels. However, the base package doesn’t include any regional sports networks or pro league adjuncts (a la RedZone).