YouTube TV launches on PlayStation 4

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In October, Sony announced that it will be shutting down PlayStation Vue on January 30, 2020. (Sony)

With PlayStation Vue set to shut down at the end of the month, YouTube TV is stepping in to fill its live streaming TV shoes on PlayStation consoles.

Google’s virtual MVPD announced via Twitter today that it has launched an app on PlayStation 4.

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YouTube TV’s PlayStation 4 launch is significant considering it will soon be essentially the only option for streaming live TV on a PlayStation.

Neither Sling TV, AT&T TV Now, fuboTV nor Philo have an app on PlayStation. Hulu has an app for the PlayStation 3 and 4 but that app doesn’t support live TV. Plex Pass subscribers can couple their Plex DVR service with a compatible tuner and antenna to watch live TV on a PlayStation 4 but that’s limited to local, over-the-air channels.

That lack of a streaming TV apps on PlayStation could potentially impact a lot of consumers. PS Vue reportedly had about 500,000 subscribers before it decided to shut down.

There’s also a large addressable market of PlayStation device owners. As of September 30, Sony said that it has sold 102.8 million PlayStation 4 consoles to retailers. As of March 31, 2017, Sony said it had sold 87.4 million PlayStation 3 units.

In October, Sony made the surprise announcement about PS Vue’s demise. John Kodera, deputy president of Sony Interactive Entertainment, said the costs of running the service had become too much to shoulder.

“Unfortunately, the highly competitive pay TV industry, with expensive content and network deals, has been slower to change than we expected. Because of this, we have decided to remain focused on our core gaming business,” wrote Kodera in a blog post.