Sony’s PlayStation Vue streaming TV service is getting farther off the ground. Multichannel News reports that Vue has now hashed agreements with local CBS stations in nine markets and all are outside of the network’s owned-and-operated station group. According to Multichannel, the affiliates are owned by Midwest Television, Raycom and Sinclar in several smaller markets.
The CBS stations that will be streamed on PlayStation Vue are in the following markets:
Austin — KEYE
Charlotte — WBTV
Cincinnati — WKRC
Cleveland — WOIO
Grand Rapids — WMMT
Harrisburg — WHP
Salt Lake City — KUTV
San Diego — KFMB
West Palm Beach — WPEC
Four of those stations are in NFL markets, Charlotte, Cincinnati, Cleveland and San Diego. Back in May, PlayStation Vue added the O&O staton groups of all of the broadcast Big 4 of ABC, CBS, Fox and NBC. PlayStation Vue will provide the live linear local feed of these CBS stations and that will include sports programming like college basketball, college football, golf and other sports, but there’s no word if the the NFL will be part of the streaming.
CBS does not have an agreement to stream NFL games on its All-Access app where about two-thirds of the network’s affiliates are available across the country so one has to wonder if Vue will have that access.
However, for the cord cutters who also want access to their local TV stations, Vue is becoming a very good option as opposed to Sling TV and other skinny bundles. We’ll see how this will attract potential subscribers down the line.