UPDATED: 7/12/2016 — Geez, it’s kind of amazing when we’re right. We predicted on the eve of E3 that PlayStation Vue was coming to Roku based on a number of things happening at that moment within the streaming TV market. We were off by a week, but apparently ahead of the curve since this quick ditty continues to draw hundreds of new readers to our site. (Welcome!) We hope that you look around and get acquainted with our brand of covering the worlds of cord cutting, tech and its intersection with politics. Also, please feel free to drop us a line in the comments or contact us section to let us know what you think.
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For months, Roku fans have been swarming online forums and even appealing to the company directly about when PlayStation Vue – Sony’s live television streaming service – is coming to their favorite streaming device.
The popularity of PlayStation Vue has skyrocketed since March when Sony began offering their cable alternative nationwide with tiered channel packages that include AMC, Bravo and National Geographic.
But the one stumbling block for Sony in making PlayStation Vue a household name like Netflix has been the limited hardware options that can access the service.
If you don’t have a PlayStation 4 or PlayStation 3, then you need an Amazon Fire TV, or a Fire TV Stick to stream all of Vue’s offerings. iPads and iPhone users can also stream Vue, but some channels and programs are unavailable.
With companies like Hulu expected to get in the live streaming game in 2017, PlayStation will likely have to broaden the current lineup of devices to remain competitive.
And they don’t have much time to do that.
Here’s where it gets interesting: Sony is already going all out in promoting all the news they plan on announcing at E3 2016 – the Electronic Entertainment Expo – which begins in Los Angeles next week.
Sid Shuman, a senior manager for social media on the PlayStation blog, writes about how people can watch the company’s press conference live on Monday night. Sony will follow that with three days of its LiveCast at E3 showing off demos and interviews. (Those who sign in with their PSN IDs during E3 are promised some “digital goodies” from Sony.)
“There will be LOTS to watch: More than 18 hours of original, live video content, in fact,” Shuman said in his blog post.
If you can believe the underground buzz of these Redditors, sales people are already letting things slip a little early.
Of course, all of the above is speculative, and we may not find out until next week. But the oncoming competition of Hulu, which has no device restrictions and a customer base of about 12 million, weighs in favor of Sony pushing for more devices like Roku to have an app for PlayStation Vue.
If you haven’t tried out PlayStation Vue, you can check out their web site and sign up for a 7-day trial. But remember you need an Amazon Fire TV Stick or Amazon Fire TV if you don’t have PlayStation 4 or PlayStation 3.