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Sony cuts PlayStation Vue prices, brings service to Fire TV and Chromecast

The two higher-priced tiers are a little cheaper now

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Sony is dropping the prices for some tiers of access to PlayStation Vue, the company's streaming pay-TV service, and bringing Vue to two new sets of non-PlayStation devices, the company announced today.

Since Sony launched Vue this past March, the service has been available in three channel packages: Access (50-plus channels for $49.99 per month), Core (60-plus channels for $59.99 per month) and Elite (85-plus channels for $69.99 per month). The prices for the two more expensive tiers, Core and Elite, are dropping today by $5, going to $54.99 a month and $64.99 a month, respectively.

New subscribers will see the reduced prices immediately, while the changes will take effect in the next billing cycle for current customers. A Sony representative confirmed to Polygon that these price cuts aren't just for the holiday season; the new levels "will be the standard pricing moving forward," the spokesperson said.

PlayStation Vue debuted on PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4, and later launched on iOS. As of today, the service is available on Amazon's living room streaming devices, the Fire TV and Fire TV Stick, via the PlayStation Vue app. This brings Vue to a wide new audience of TV viewers — until now, you needed a PS3 or PS4 if you wanted to watch Vue on a TV. Sony also announced today that Vue will support Google's Chromecast later this year, but only through the existing iOS app for Vue; the service still won't be available on Android.

Support for devices like the Fire TV gives Vue subscribers more options if they want to use the service on multiple TVs in their household. Sony allows for five simultaneous Vue streams, although because of the PS4's sign-in restrictions, Vue can only be streamed to one PS4 at a time.

Sony is giving new Vue subscribers a special offer for the next month. From Nov. 15 through Dec. 15, anyone who signs up for a free trial of the Core or Elite packages, and converts to a paid subscription for at least one month, will receive a free Fire TV Stick, which regularly costs $39.99. The promotion is limited to 10,000 customers, and subscribers must redeem their Amazon code by Jan. 15, 2016.

Vue is currently available in seven U.S. television markets: Chicago, Dallas, Los Angeles, Miami, New York, Philadelphia and San Francisco. Sony announced last week that it will soon expand Vue's channel lineup with ESPN, Disney and ABC networks.

Correction: PlayStation Vue currently supports five simultaneous streams with a single subscription, including three mobile devices outside the home. We've edited the article to reflect this.

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