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Apple TV Gets PlayStation Vue Multi-View Feature Support

By Bill Toulas / March 19, 2019

The Apple TV app will finally be able to display four channels simultaneously, allocating their respective rectangular screen estate on a single monitor/TV. This multi-view feature of the “PS Vue” app was so far available solely on the PlayStation 4 console, but Sony decided its time to bring it to the Apple TV as well. Those who are intrigued will be able to enjoy Sony’s channel streaming service, starting from $44.99/month and going up to $79.99 for the full package which offers more than 85 live and on-demand channels. There are no annual contracts, so you can renew your subscription on a monthly basis, and there’s also a five-day testing period.

The PS Vue is especially useful for sports fans who want to keep an eye on multiple live sports events that take place at the same time. Watching various sources covering breaking news stories is another possible ideal utilization scenario. Of course, there’s no limit as to what type of content can be played simultaneously through the multi-view feature, but the limiting nature of live broadcasting is what gives the PS Vue it’s whole usability value. For a seamless multi-viewing experience, Sony recommends a minimum internet bandwidth of 10mpbs for the first stream and another 5mbps for each of the next three. So, if you’re planning to stream four live sports events simultaneously, you’ll need at least 25mbps of internet bandwidth. If you can’t meet that requirement, you may watch one or two streams, and allocate the rest of the screen space to the “live scores” module.

The timing of the arrival of this new feature on the Apple TV app coincides with the launch of the 2019 March Madness college basketball tournament, where multiple games are played at the same time. Besides the multi-viewing awesomeness, the PS Vue app also gives users the ability to save viewing profiles, so they don’t have to set it up again each time they launch the app. Users may create and save up to 10 unique viewing profiles, and even get automatic recommendations on similar content. In addition to that, there’s also the capacity to store episodes on Sony’s cloud servers, with the storage period reaching up to 28 days, and the number of episodes being unlimited.

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With the fourth generation of the Apple TV being the first non-Sony device getting support for the PlayStation Vue, owners of Roku, Amazon Fire TV, and mobile devices (iOS and Android) are hopeful that they’ll get the multi-viewing feature next. For now, no clarifications on that part were provided, so whether the multi-viewing feature will land on more platforms or not remains unknown.

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