PlayStation Vue Totally Misses the Mark

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Who reading this despises what we spend on cable and satellite TV every year? Who thinks that what we get for our money, and the programming provided is an awful value, and more competition in the market would be a wonderful advancement in an industry? One that lacks severely from the rest of the most technologically advanced countries across the world. Enter PlayStation Vue. Sony announced that they would begin to offer a new television service that allows you more freedom and ease of finding your favorite TV shows and programming. No more surfing through a bunch of channels that you’ll never watch, and not being able to find the shows that you want. The service runs through your PlayStation powered device and allows you to use one central hub for all your programming. Sounds great right?

Then you hit the details of the newly found service and find that it isn’t quite all it is cracked up to be. The first issue being the speculated pricing of the service at what most industry analysts think will find a price tag of about $60. According to the New York Times article, that beats the average of about $90 per month that most people pay now a days for the service. With the service carrying only about 75 channels, and to their credit many of the leading networks being a part of it, but even at a $60 price tag that is still well above what people pay in all reality. With most cable providers the service costs are cut for those that subscribe to more than one service, and most gamers would subscribe to internet over all else. While most that get the premium services pay a bit more than the suspected asking price of the upcoming service, PlayStation Vue doesn’t offer premium services for the premium cost they are charging.

Not to mention that two major players in the television industry, Disney and ESPN are excluded. That is a deal killer for those that love their sports, and seeing some of the simple facts, such as Madden NFL 15 selling more copies on the PlayStation 4 over any other system, those that love sports will undoubtedly choose another means. To not include a network that has over 115 million viewers per month, is a major miss. If you’re going to charge a high price, then you have to have a high level of content. This is something that PlayStation Vue does not. Not only that, PlayStation Vue misses on one of the biggest complaints for television consumers; offering channels at a large cost that they won’t ever watch in the end.

Should PlayStation Vue want to truly make their mark, they would have decided to let the people that subscribe to their service pay less and get the channels they want. They would have allowed consumers to create their own TV package, something that many would be willing to pay a premium for anyways. Don’t offer less, provide less, and charge more. Offer something different, provide alternatives, and then charge the applicable amounts for the services provided. I can tell you that PlayStation Vue doesn’t cut it as they just miss the mark completely.

Looking at my own cable options: I have service, through Charter for an average of $100 a month. That includes television and internet, with channels that should be there such as ESPN, ESPN 2, Disney, Disney Jr., all my local channels, and more. If I got rid of my television package, the price of my internet goes up by $10 a month. That makes the combination of PlayStation Vue and my internet, that it takes to run the service in the first place, to a total of $120. I pay $20 more to get less? Seems hardly worth it to me. This isn’t even hitting the fact that, too ,we are missing AMC and ABC; one of which carries the highest rated show on television, The Walking Dead, which holds the all-time largest Neilson ratings for a single episode; the start for Season 5 debuting just a month ago. Ask Dish Network how that worked out for them, losing AMC for part of The Walking Dead season a short time ago, and how many consumers they lost because of it. What about the upcoming contract expiration with Direct TV and how concerned their subscribers are.

There are good features that don’t go unnoticed such as the ability to bookmark shows and hold onto them for 28 days and watch them at your leisure, much more like Netflix. Other features like having three days after the initial airing of the show to watch it without even having to book mark it. There are the on-demand features that would be a welcomed edition to any viewing, but there are far too many things such as price and lack of service that cause it to not measure up. PlayStation Vue has the chance to grow into something better, and has the opportunity to set the benchmark for television viewing, but unless they decide to revamp and find ways to stand out above the competition… it winds up being just another feature to add to the list of things that don’t get used in the end.

 

Aaron Cooley Themm
HR Professional by day, Freelance Writer and VLOGGER by night! Check out my opinion pieces at ThisGenGaming.com and while you are at it, jump to youtube.com where you can see my videos from Dumbbells and Joysticks focused on Video Games and Fitness/Nutrition. (You'll also be able to tune into the Video Game side of things on ThisGenGaming too!)
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Aaron Cooley Themm

HR Professional by day, Freelance Writer and VLOGGER by night! Check out my opinion pieces at ThisGenGaming.com and while you are at it, jump to youtube.com where you can see my videos from Dumbbells and Joysticks focused on Video Games and Fitness/Nutrition. (You'll also be able to tune into the Video Game side of things on ThisGenGaming too!)
  • Brian

    wow, PS vue is trash!

    • demderp

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      Stop spreading fanboy lies, ignorance, trolling, and blind hate. All of your lies and blind hatred only make you look deranged and sick to normal, sane people.

    • demderp

      Everything you just said was a Blatant Lie, Ignorance, or Blind, Sick Hatred.

      You blindly hate and lie about a corporation, pieces of plastic, and any exclusive games on it. Nobody sane or reasonable will ever consider your blind and hateful opinions on Playstation games.

      You are just another ignorant, blind fanboy flinging feces and screaming.

      You are pure evil and deranged human waste that can only scream lies and sick, evil hatred onto the internet that any sane, normal person would look at with revulsion and horror. You are worthless and evil human waste seeping onto the internet that needs to be removed.

      This is the extent of a microsoft shill’s ability to argue. They either blatantly lie, make delusional predictions that never happen, blindly hate on anything Playstation, or just fling feces and scream. Another sick, dumb, evil microsoft shill flinging feces in the face of facts, reality, and reasonable arguments.

      You are mentally diseased, blind, lying, dumb, ignorant, hypocritical, worthless, pure evil fanboy waste.

      Stop spreading fanboy lies, ignorance, trolling, and blind hate. All of your lies and blind hatred only make you look deranged and sick to normal, sane people.

      More pure evil microsoft shill fanboy waste invading disqus to spread Lies, Ignorance, Blind Hatred.

      You are mentally diseased, lying, vastly ignorant and stupid, worthless, hypocritical, pure evil microsoft shill human waste.

      Big surprise, another article swarming with sick microsoft shill waste spreading lies, ignorance, and blind hatred about Playstation. They are a pestilence.

      Ignorant, sick, shills screaming blind hatred and lies about a corporation, pieces of plastic, any exclusive games on it, and anyone who likes playing on it. Sad.

      Stop spreading fanboy lies, ignorance, trolling, and blind hate. All of your lies and blind hatred only make you look deranged and sick to normal, sane people.

      • Brian

        been wondering where you have been….I miss your copy/paste responses…..lol

  • Guest

    Of course it does, it’s $0N¥. They’re a dying brand desperate for money, they’ll try anything at this point. But their hypocrisy is delicious to watch though, #4thegamers, LOLNO.
    Sony = lies and overhype that underdelivers.

    • demderp

      Everything you just said was a Blatant Lie, Ignorance, or Blind, Sick Hatred.

      You blindly hate and lie about a corporation, pieces of plastic, and any exclusive games on it. Nobody sane or reasonable will ever consider your blind and hateful opinions on Playstation games.

      You are just another ignorant, blind fanboy flinging feces and screaming.

      You are pure evil and deranged human waste that can only scream lies and sick, evil hatred onto the internet that any sane, normal person would look at with revulsion and horror. You are worthless and evil human waste seeping onto the internet that needs to be removed.

      This is the extent of a microsoft shill’s ability to argue. They either blatantly lie, make delusional predictions that never happen, blindly hate on anything Playstation, or just fling feces and scream. Another sick, dumb, evil microsoft shill flinging feces in the face of facts, reality, and reasonable arguments.

      You are mentally diseased, blind, lying, dumb, ignorant, hypocritical, worthless, pure evil fanboy waste.

      Stop spreading fanboy lies, ignorance, trolling, and blind hate. All of your lies and blind hatred only make you look deranged and sick to normal, sane people.

      More pure evil microsoft shill fanboy waste invading disqus to spread Lies, Ignorance, Blind Hatred.

      You are mentally diseased, lying, vastly ignorant and stupid, worthless, hypocritical, pure evil microsoft shill human waste.

      Big surprise, another article swarming with sick microsoft shill waste spreading lies, ignorance, and blind hatred about Playstation. They are a pestilence.

      Ignorant, sick, shills screaming blind hatred and lies about a corporation, pieces of plastic, any exclusive games on it, and anyone who likes playing on it. Sad.

      Stop spreading fanboy lies, ignorance, trolling, and blind hate. All of your lies and blind hatred only make you look deranged and sick to normal, sane people.

    • demderp

      Everything you just said was a Blatant Lie, Ignorance, or Blind, Sick Hatred.

      You blindly hate and lie about a corporation, pieces of plastic, and any exclusive games on it. Nobody sane or reasonable will ever consider your blind and hateful opinions on Playstation games.

      You are just another ignorant, blind fanboy flinging feces and screaming.

      You are pure evil and deranged human waste that can only scream lies and sick, evil hatred onto the internet that any sane, normal person would look at with revulsion and horror. You are worthless and evil human waste seeping onto the internet that needs to be removed.

      This is the extent of a microsoft shill’s ability to argue. They either blatantly lie, make delusional predictions that never happen, blindly hate on anything Playstation, or just fling feces and scream. Another sick, dumb, evil microsoft shill flinging feces in the face of facts, reality, and reasonable arguments.

      You are mentally diseased, blind, lying, dumb, ignorant, hypocritical, worthless, pure evil fanboy waste.

      Stop spreading fanboy lies, ignorance, trolling, and blind hate. All of your lies and blind hatred only make you look deranged and sick to normal, sane people.

      More pure evil microsoft shill fanboy waste invading disqus to spread Lies, Ignorance, Blind Hatred.

      You are mentally diseased, lying, vastly ignorant and stupid, worthless, hypocritical, pure evil microsoft shill human waste.

      Big surprise, another article swarming with sick microsoft shill waste spreading lies, ignorance, and blind hatred about Playstation. They are a pestilence.

      Ignorant, sick, shills screaming blind hatred and lies about a corporation, pieces of plastic, any exclusive games on it, and anyone who likes playing on it. Sad.

      Stop spreading fanboy lies, ignorance, trolling, and blind hate. All of your lies and blind hatred only make you look deranged and sick to normal, sane people.,

      • ImTonyBlair

        He got under your skin didn’t he ☺️

  • demderp

    Big surprise, another article swarming with sick microsoft shill waste spreading lies, ignorance, and blind hatred about Playstation. They are a pestilence.

    Ignorant, sick, shills screaming blind hatred and lies about a corporation, pieces of plastic, any exclusive games on it, and anyone who likes playing on it. Sad.

  • jb227

    So this whole article is pretty pointless, because the whole argument is based off of a price point that is merely speculative & tries to treat it like a foregone conclusion. Lord knows we’ve seen these illusive “analysts” miss the mark more than once in the past. Same w/ the potential to mix & match programming, We really know nothing about this service beyond the bare basics of channels included & on demand features, we haven’t been privy to any concrete information on pricing & packaging. Just like people were up in arms over the beta period of PS Now not offering a subscription service, now we have word that Sony are indeed revealing a subscription option shortly when the proper product rolls out. At the end of the day, if we go by actual history, the only tangible thing we really have at this point, then most every service Sony has ever pushed out has been reasonably priced & feature packed. Look at PS+ and the amount of free & discounted content available. When you have a company like Sony w/ such deep ties in all forms of media, their relationships are crucial. Most of the networks represented have at one time or are currently airing Sony produced shows, which might make it easier for Sony to negotiate a deal that others would not. AMC for instance have Sony to think for their biggest critical success in Breaking Bad, so while they may be notoriously difficult to work w/ these days, they might not be so willing to stick it to one of their most important content contributors in a period where Walking Dead is basically the only successful show left on the network aside from maybe Mad Men. Maybe take a wait & see approach, or try to write articles based off of fact instead of presenting speculation as some true & tangible reality.