SBS arrives on PS4 just in time for streaming the sports

How’s that local sports team, and the not so local ones? Now PlayStation 4 owners can see for themselves, as SBS arrives on the PS4.

One of the things missing on Sony’s new video game system is the ability to watch content. Oh sure, there’s a Blu-ray player, but there aren’t a lot of choices when it comes to watching shows or movies using online services, certainly not like its brother, the PlayStation 3.

Australian network SBS is helping out, though, ready with its “On Demand” app for the PlayStation 4, a program which will deliver the SBS programs on catch-up TV, as well as the matches coming from the FIFA 2014 World Cup in Brazil.

“As the official video game console of the 2014 FIFA World Cup, we are really excited about the timely synergy of this collaboration which sees us expand our partnership with SBS On Demand,” said Michael Ephraim, Managing Director at Sony Computer Entertainment Australia. “Now, PS4 owners are able to cheer on Australia while they catch up on all the action from Brazil at a more palatable viewing hour!”

The games will stream from catch-up TV whenever you’re awake for them, meaning you won’t have to get up at 2am just to cheer for your favourites.

Beyond the World Cup, however, the SBS On Demand app delivers other TV shows to PlayStation 4 owners, in a move which could one day see the regular aerial connection less important.

The SBS On Demand app is available now for free for PlayStation 4 owners, just as it has been for the PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Xbox One, and a whole variety of TVs, Android devices, iOS devices, and even Windows Phone products.

UPDATE (June 16): Ok, so we’ve tested it on the weekend, and the On Demand app on every console will not stream the World Cup live. It’ll play the game after it’s been played, but not live, sadly.