YouTube TV vs. PlayStation Vue: Which streaming TV service is best?

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YouTube TV vs. PlayStation Vue: Which streaming TV service is best?
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Some YouTube TV subscribers may be shopping around for a new live TV streaming service after a recent price hike.

YouTube TV increased its price to $50 per month in April 2019 after adding Discovery-owned networks like HGTV, Food Network, TLC and others to its single streaming bundle.

For cord-cutters who were paying $40 per month, that means their streaming TV bill just went up $120 a year.

YouTube TV vs. PlayStation Vue comparison

Competitors like DirecTV Now, Sling TV and Hulu + Live TV have skinny TV bundles for $50 a month or less, but PlayStation Vue may be a better fit for YouTube TV users who want to switch. Here are two reasons why:

  1. Price: PlayStation Vue has two streaming TV bundles that cost the same as YouTube TV or less: “Access” for $44.99/month and “Core” for $49.99/month.
  2. Channel list: PlayStation Vue’s “Core” plan includes many of the same channels as YouTube TV, including regional sports networks.

In the channel comparison chart below, I’ve highlighted YouTube TV’s plan on the left, PlayStation Vue’s Access plan in the middle and PlayStation Vue’s Core plan on the right.

PlayStation Vue’s Core plan has most of the sports networks that YouTube TV offers, plus there’s even the NFL Network.

Important note: Local broadcast stations and regional sports networks will vary by location. Enter your zip code on YouTube TV and PlayStation Vue’s websites to see what’s available in your area.

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Channel lineups: YouTube TV vs. PlayStation Vue

YouTube TV:
$49.99/month
PlayStation Vue “Access” plan:
$44.99/month
PlayStation Vue “Core” plan:
$49.99/month
ABCABCABC
AMCAMCAMC
Animal PlanetAnimal PlanetAnimal Planet
BBC AmericaBBC AmericaBBC America
BBC World News
Big Ten Network (BTN)Big Ten Network (BTN)
BravoBravoBravo
Cartoon NetworkCartoon NetworkCartoon Network
CBSCBSCBS
CBS Sports NetworkCBS Sports Network
Cheddar Business Cheddar Business Cheddar Business
Cheddar News
CNBCCNBCCNBC
CNBC World
CNNCNNCNN
CometComet
Cooking Channel
Cozi TV Cozi TVCozi TV
CW
Destination AmericaDestination America
Discovery ChannelDiscovery ChannelDiscovery Channel
Disney ChannelDisney ChannelDisney Channel
Disney JuniorDisney JuniorDisney Junior
Disney XDDisney XDDisney XD
DIY Network
E!E!E!
ESPNESPNESPN
ESPN2ESPN2ESPN2
ESPN College Extra
ESPNewsESPNews
ESPNUESPNU
Food NetworkFood NetworkFood Network
FOXFOXFOX
Fox Business NetworkFox Business NetworkFox Business Network
Fox News ChannelFox News ChannelFox News Channel
Fox Sports 1 (FS1)Fox Sports 1 (FS1)Fox Sports 1 (FS1)
Fox Sports 2 (FS2)Fox Sports 2 (FS2)Fox Sports 2 (FS2)
FreeformFreeformFreeform
FXFXFX
FXM
FXXFXXFXX
Golf ChannelGolf Channel
Hallmark Channel
HGTVHGTVHGTV
HLNHLNHLN
IFCIFC
Investigation Discovery (ID)Investigation Discovery (ID)Investigation Discovery (ID)
Law & Crime Network
Local Now
MLB NetworkMLB Network
MotorTrend
MSNBCMSNBCMSNBC
National GeographicNational GeographicNational Geographic
Nat Geo WildNat Geo Wild
NBA TVNBA TV
NBCNBCNBC
NBCSNNBCSNNBCSN
Newsy
NFL Network
Olympic ChannelOlympic Channel
OWN (Coming later 2019) OWNOWN
OxygenOxygenOxygen
PopPop
Science ChannelScience Channel
SEC NetworkSEC Network
Smithsonian ChannelSmithsonian Channel
Spotlight Spotlight
Start TVStart TVStart TV
Sundance TVSundance TV
SYFYSYFYSYFY
TastemadeTastemade
TBSTBSTBS
TCM (Turner Classic Movies)TCM (Turner Classic Movies)
TelemundoTelemundoTelemundo
Tennis Channel
TLCTLCTLC
TNTTNTTNT
Travel ChannelTravel ChannelTravel Channel
truTVtruTVtruTV
Universal Kids
Universo
USAUSAUSA
WE tvWE tvWE tv

Other key features to consider 

Price and channel lineups aren’t the only main factors to consider when choosing a streaming TV service. Here are some of the major differences between YouTube TV and PlayStation Vue:

Cloud DVR

  • YouTube TV: No storage limits; recordings kept for up to 9 months
  • PlayStation Vue: Unlimited episodes on up to 500 programs; recordings kept for up to 28 days

Multiple streams 

  • YouTube TV: Up to three devices at a given time
  • PlayStation Vue: Up to five devices at a given time

Supported devices for TV 

  • YouTube TV: Roku, Apple TV, Chromecast, Xbox One and more
  • PlayStation Vue: Roku, Amazon Fire TV, Apple TV, Chromecast, PlayStation consoles and more

Final thought 

With YouTube TV and PlayStation Vue Core both priced at $49.99 per month, the best choice for you will likely come down to the channel lineup.

Although the channel lists are similar, they’re not identical. That’s why I recommend that you make a list of your must-have channels and use the search bar in our channel comparison chart to see which service is the best fit.

If you notice a lot of channels that you don’t want with both of these plans, see our list of the best cable TV alternatives!

Price hikes are frustrating, but keep in mind that cable TV rates are also going up. It’s still possible to cut your pay TV bill in half by switching to an internet-based streaming TV service.

First-time streamer? Start with our step-by-step guide to cutting the cord!

Streaming TV reviews: Which service do you want to learn about?

YouTube TV Hulu with Live TV
PlayStation Vue DirecTV Now
Sling TV Philo
AT&T WatchTV fuboTV
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