PlayStation Vue Adds Multi-Channel Viewing Just In Time For March Madness
Now you can watch your bracket get busted without having to flip channels.
Sony today announced and launched a new feature for its streaming TV service, PlayStation Vue. You can now watch up to three live channels at the same time on the same screen.
The feature arrives just a week before March Madness begins. This is a welcome-sounding addition for NCAA basketball fans, as games are broadcast on multiple networks at the same time. March Madness games are shown on GameSpot parent company CBS, as well as TNT, TBS, and TruTV, all of which are available to Vue subscribers.
Here's how the feature works, as explained by Sony: "Just press and hold X on any live TV program from the Guide or Live TV row of the home screen to open up the selection screen for multi-view. A menu will pop up to give you an option of using either two or three multi-view screens. You can select any other live programing from the Live TV strand and start viewing multiple programs at once. The main screen in multi-view will contain audio of the programming."
You can then switch channels from within the multi-screen view by pressing the Square button. This will bring one of those shows to the main screen, which is larger than the others.
The multi-view feature is available with the PS4 Vue app today, though Sony did not say if it will come to other supported devices.
Also in its blog post, Sony said it's working on more sports-related features for PlayStation Vue, including the option to have real-time sports scores. Thankfully, there will be an option to toggle this off.
PlayStation Vue debuted in some US markets in 2015 before launching in full this March 2016. Prices have been adjusted a number of times as platform availability and the channel lineup changed. In July 2016, it reportedly topped the 100,000 subscribers mark, and support has been added for Android TV devices and PCs.