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PlayStation Vue Adds Chromecast to Device Mix

Sony PlayStation Vue has added another streaming platform to its lineup as it followed through with anticipated support for Google’s Chromecast streaming adapter.

Sony said PlayStation Vue, its over-the-top multichannel pay TV service, is initially offering support for Chromecast via compatible iOS devices.

Sony announced planned support for the Chromecast in November as it extended support for PS Vue on the Amazon Fire TV box and Fire TV Stick. PS Vue is also offered on the PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4 consoles and via an app for iPads and iPhones.

Sony, which recently struck an important carriage deal with Disney-ESPN, has not released subscriber figures, but said that PS Vue’s daily average viewership currently exceeds five hours.

A Sony official also noted that 75% of PS Vue subs are 18-34 years old, and that the average time spent “per play” (selection of content) on PS Vue is now 45 minutes, a figure that plays on the platform’s personalization and discovery features.

Sony PS Vue currently offers multichannel pay TV packages (with a cloud DVR)  in Dallas-Fort Worth; Miami-Fort Lauderdale; Chicago; Philadelphia; Los Angeles;  New York City; and San Francisco.

PS Vue’s three multichannel packages are: Access ($49.99 per month); Core ($54.99 per month), and Elite ($64.99). Sony has recently reduced the price on its Core and Elite packages by $5 per month, according to the service’s Web site.

PS Vue also offers select a la carte programming on a national basis, including Showtime’s OTT service, Fox Soccer Plus, and a new premium TV channel from Machinima. Epix Hits, a new channel that is paired with a VOD library, is also available on PS Vue as a premium pack with Showtime for $13.99 per month (or $11.49 for PlayStation Plus members), and in the PS Vue Elite tier, or as an add-on to the service's Access and Core packages.