(Reuters) - Sony Network Entertainment International LLC, a unit of Sony Corp of America, unveiled a new cloud-based TV service, PlayStation Vue, expected to be commercially launched during the first quarter of 2015.
The web-based television service allows users to access live TV and on-demand content without a cable or satellite service, the company said.
The service offers catch-up and on-demand TV. It makes the past three days of popular programming available without the need to schedule recordings, the company said.
During the invite-only beta, PlayStation Vue will initially offer around 75 channels per market from major programmers, such as CBS, Discovery Communications, Fox, NBCUniversal, Scripps Networks Interactive and Viacom.
PlayStation Vue will begin an invite-only beta preview during November for select PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 3 owners, with a phased rollout starting in New York followed by Chicago, Philadelphia and Los Angeles, the company said.
The service will also be available on iPad shortly thereafter, and later on to more Sony and non-Sony devices.
(Reporting by Rama Venkat Raman in Bangalore; Editing by Gopakumar Warrier)