Sony's streaming TV service just became a lot more attractive with the addition of NFL Network and NFL RedZone channels, both of which will arrive on PlayStation Vue in time for the 2016 season opener in September. So Vue subscribers will now have direct channel access to games and pre- and post-game coverage, whereas previously you needed to own a cable subscription to watch football through the NFL's dedicated apps. Sony says customers will also get standard Vue features like simultaneous streaming and cloud DVR, as well as access to the NFL's mobile, Windows, and set-top box apps for when they're not using a Vue-supported device.
It should be noted that NFL Network and RedZone may come packaged as a standalone paid service, similar to HBO. So you might need to subscribe independently of your Vue subscription to access the channels. Sony isn't yet saying whether any of its three Vue subscription tiers will bundle NFL access, or how much NFL access will cost if it is in fact a separate purchase. Vue packages start at $29.99 a month for "Access Slim" and get as expensive as $54.99 a month for "Elite."
It's unclear how much NFL Network and RedZone will cost for Vue subscribers
Support for the NFL's live-streaming package gives Sony a strategic advantage over Sling TV, which carries ESPN but does not have an option to subscribe to NFL Network and RedZone. Microsoft, through a deal brokered with the NFL back in 2013, has offered NFL Network and RedZone access on the Xbox One and Xbox 360 for quite some time.
Update July 25th, 3:17PM ET: Clarified pricing changes for markets with major local broadcast stations.