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PlayStation Vue is first U.S. pay TV provider to integrate with Apples TV app

Sonys live TV streaming service, PlayStation Vue, announced this week it has become the first U.S. pay TV provider to integrate with Apples TV app. Until now, Apples TV app has featured content from both free and paid on-demand streaming apps like Hulu, Prime Video, HBO NOW, PBS Kids, The CW, and others, along with those that require you log in with your pay TV credentials, like ABC, AMC, USA, SYFY, Showtime Anytime, and many more.
With the new PlayStation Vue integration, subscribers to Sonys pay TV service will be able to access all of Vues on-demand content across its nationally available channels in the Apple TV app. Live sports, including both national and regional sports networks, will be supported, too, the company says.
Explains Sony, users will be able to search and browse the PS Vue catalog in the TV app, while also taking advantage of TV app features like Watch Now and Up Next to organize their shows, movies and sports. When you find content you want to watch, it will open up the stream right in the PS Vue app.
This integration will matter more to those who already subscribe to at least a couple of other streaming services in addition to PS Vue, as the TV app is designed to aggregate content and recommendations from across services in a single place. It works on iOS devices, including iPhone and iPad, and on Apple TV.
PS Vue is one of now several pay TV streaming services, and a rival to YouTube TV, Hulu with Live TV, Sling TV, AT&Ts DirecTV Now and WatchTV. But its been lagging behind on subscribers.
Dishs Sling TV and DirecTV Now lead the space, thanks to Slings early mover advantage and DirecTV Nows distribution through AT&Ts wireless business. The former had2.3 millionsubscribers as of June, while AT&T said DirecTV Now had1.8 million, as of its earnings report in July. Hulu with Live TV cracked a million subscribers in September, ahead of YouTube TV.
Sonys PlayStation Vue, meanwhile is justsomewhereoverhalf a million. It may have struggled to grow due to its branding, which seems to imply its only for PlayStation owners. (Its not).
Perhaps the company is hoping the closer ties with Apples TV app will give its service more visibility.
The integration also arrives just ahead the launch of Apples own original content, which could bring more people back to the Apple TV app, further boosting PS Vues visibility.
While PS Vue is the first U.S.-based pay TV provider to offer this sort of integration with the TV app, its not the first worldwide. In France, for example,Canal+ myCanal and Molotov have offered this same sort of integration for some time.
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