PlayStation Vue: 4 things to know about the live TV streaming service

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PlayStation Vue: 4 things to know about the live TV streaming service
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Flipping through the channels at night, you’re likely to see ads for live TV streaming services like DirecTV Now, Sling TV, YouTube TV and Hulu with Live TV.

But have you heard about PlayStation Vue? It’s another option to consider — and you don’t need a PlayStation console to use it.

4 things to know about PlayStation Vue’s live TV streaming service

A PlayStation Vue subscription starts at $44.99 per month and comes with about 45 channels, including Disney, ESPN, TNT and Bravo. You don’t need a cable box and there are no long-term contracts.

I signed up for a free trial of PlayStation Vue to experience the cable/satellite alternative for myself! Here’s what I learned…

PlayStation Vue review: Table of contents 

What channels do you get with PlayStation Vue? 

Available nationwide, PlayStation Vue has four bundles to choose from: Access, Core, Elite and Ultra. They range in price from $44.99 per month to $79.99 per month.

Here are the channels that you get with Access, the cheapest plan:

PlayStation Vue Access channel lineup 

AMC E! Investigation Discovery Travel Channel
Animal Planet ESPN MSNBC truTV
BBC America ESPN2 National Geographic USA
Bravo Food Network NBC Sports Network WE tv
Cartoon Network Fox Business Network OWN
CNBC Fox News Channel Oxygen
CNN Freeform Science
Cozi TV FS1 Start TV
Destination America FS2 Syfy
Discovery FX TBS
Disney Channel FXX Telemundo
Disney Junior HGTV TLC
Disney XD HLN TNT

What about local stations? According to its FAQ page, live broadcast feeds for ABC, CBS, FOX and/or NBC may not be available in some zip codes, but that shouldn’t be a deal breaker if you have a digital TV antenna already.

However, you can check which broadcast channels are available in your area by visiting psvue.com/plans.

In addition to the four bundles, HBO, Showtime and Cinemax are among the standalone channels that PlayStation Vue offers for an additional monthly fee.

Use the "Guide" feature to find something to watch
Use the “Guide” feature to find something to watch

Does PlayStation Vue include DVR? 

Competitor Sling TV charges an extra $5 per month for DVR, but that feature comes included with PlayStation Vue.

When you add your favorite shows to My Shows (see the picture below), upcoming airings of episodes for that show will be saved for up to 28 days.

DVR content can be watched in and out of your home network, and you can fast forward through commercials.

Find recordings of your favorite shows under "My Shows"
Find recordings of your favorite shows under “My Shows”

What equipment do I need to get started? 

Like the other streaming services, PlayStation Vue requires a high-speed internet connection. However, as I mentioned earlier, a PlayStation console is NOT required to sign up.

I used Google Chromecast to stream shows on my TV. Here’s a list of supported devices:

  • PlayStation 4 consoles
  • PlayStation 3 consoles
  • Roku Players and TVs (firmware 7.7 and up)
  • Amazon Fire TV (all gens)
  • Apple TV (4th gen running tvOS 10.0 and up)
  • Android TV (all gens)
  • On the web at psvue.com/watch
  • Mobile and tablet devices
  • iOS devices: iOS 9 or higher
  • Android: Android phones and tablets running Android OS version 5.0 or higher
  • Amazon: Fire HD6 tablets and above
  • Google Chromecast (1st gen and up)
Watch on your TV, phone, computer and tablet
Watch on your TV, phone, computer and tablet

Can I watch PlayStation Vue on multiple devices at the same time? 

Simultaneous streaming is one of the things PlayStation Vue has going for it. You can stream on up to five devices at the same time so that everyone in the house can watch what they want.

You can also create up to 10 different profiles on your account with personalized DVR and recommendations.

Add favorite channels with PlayStation Vue
Add favorite channels with PlayStation Vue

A few thoughts about PlayStation Vue… 

Over the past year, I’ve had the opportunity to test out DirecTV Now, Sling TV, YouTube TV, Hulu with Live TV and now PlayStation Vue.

PlayStation Vue’s performance was the strongest of the bunch — there was absolutely no buffering while watching live TV.

Its cheapest bundle costs $44.99, which is nearly double the price of Sling TV’s $25 package, but PlayStation Vue comes with more channels, an easy-to-use DVR and streaming on up to five devices at once.

PS Vue has plans from $45 to $80 per month, so you should stay on the lower end if cutting costs is your primary goal.

Still not sure which live TV streaming service to try? Call a family meeting and have everyone write down the channels that are most important to them. Our channel comparison chart can help!

All streaming TV services offer free trials, so you can keep trying them out until you find one that you really like.

PlayStation Vue: Pros and cons

Pros Cons
Up to 5 devices at the same time Base plan is more expensive than most competitors
Cloud DVR included Free trial is only 5 days (others are 7)
Many supported devices

Not ready to switch? Call your cable or satellite provider!

Before you make any moves with your pay TV service, shop around and give your current cable or satellite provider a call to see if they offer a skinny bundle at a lower rate.

Compare your options in Clark’s guide to the best live TV streaming plans and deals!

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