- Package of 60 channels also includes ABC, children's networks
- Expanded bundles available from Sony for $45, $55 a month
Sony Corp. added Walt Disney Co.’s ESPN, ABC and kids networks to its PlayStation Vue lineup and cut the price of the cable-TV alternative by 20 percent to $40 a month.
A package that includes more than 60 channels, including broadcast TV, movies and sports, costs $10 a month less than when the product was introduced last year, before Disney’s networks were included in the package. Customers can watch shows on their TV through the PlayStation video game console without having a traditional satellite or cable-TV subscription. Internet access is required.
Eleven Disney-related networks were added to the PlayStation lineup starting Wednesday, the companies said in a statement. Packages with a greater number of channels cost $45 or $55 a month.
Outlets for online TV viewing are multiplying since Dish Network Corp. introduced its $20-a-month online service a year ago. Time Warner Inc. has made its HBO network available online without a cable subscription. Comcast Corp., the largest U.S. cable TV provider, now offers a limited number of channels for $15 a month with its Stream TV service.
“The expanded basic bundle will remain the dominant product for consumers for the foreseeable future, but competition from new video services and products will only grow,” Disney Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Bob Iger said during last month’s earnings conference call. “Better user interfaces and greater mobility make these newer services enormously appealing, especially among young people.”