PlayStation Vue lowers base tier price, adds ESPN

Failing to make a splash in the virtual pay-TV market 12 months after debuting in a handful of U.S. cities, Sony has announced a significant price reduction to the base tier of its PlayStation Vue service.

Vue's "Access" service will now be $10 cheaper, costing users $39.99 a month. Perhaps just as important to making this service a relevant pay-TV offering, it now features ESPN and ESPN 2, thanks to a deal between Sony and Disney, which was carved out in November. 

Also following the Disney deal, live feeds from local ABC stations will now be added to live broadcast feeds from CBS, Fox, NBC and Telemundo.

Vue is still only available in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Philadelphia, Dallas, Miami and San Francisco. 

Under Vue's new pricing structure, the "Core" service — which adds regional sports networks to the base-tier package — will now cost $44.99 a month. 

The 100-plus-network "Elite" tier — which features premium channels in addition to RSNs — now runs at $54.99 a month.

Vue is now playable on Amazon OTT devices, in addition to Google Chromecast, iOS and PlayStation gaming consoles. 

Amazon devices can be used to subscribe to PlayStation Vue and users can stream content inside and outside the home across multiple devices including Amazon Fire TV, Google Chromecast, iPhones and iPads.

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