YouTube TV is a popular live TV streaming service for sports fans, but many Clark.com readers tell us that PlayStation Vue should not be overlooked.
Competitors like DirecTV Now, Sling TV and Hulu + Live TV have skinny TV bundles for around $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…
YouTube TV vs. PlayStation Vue comparison
- Price: PlayStation Vue has two streaming TV bundles that cost about the same as YouTube TV or less: “Access” for $49.99/month and “Core” for $54.99/month. These prices went up $5/month in July 2019.
- 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 the NFL Network.
Channel lineups: YouTube TV vs. PlayStation Vue
|PlayStation Vue “Access” plan:|
|PlayStation Vue “Core” plan:
|Animal Planet||Animal Planet||Animal Planet|
|BBC America||BBC America||BBC America|
|BBC World News|
|Big Ten Network (BTN)||Big Ten Network (BTN)|
|Cartoon Network||Cartoon Network||Cartoon Network|
|CBS Sports Network||CBS Sports Network|
|Cheddar Business||Cheddar Business||Cheddar Business|
|Cozi TV||Cozi TV||Cozi TV|
|Destination America||Destination America|
|Discovery Channel||Discovery Channel||Discovery Channel|
|Disney Channel||Disney Channel||Disney Channel|
|Disney Junior||Disney Junior||Disney Junior|
|Disney XD||Disney XD||Disney XD|
|ESPN College Extra|
|Food Network||Food Network||Food Network|
|Fox Business Network||Fox Business Network||Fox Business Network|
|Fox News Channel||Fox News Channel||Fox 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)|
|Golf Channel||Golf Channel|
|Investigation Discovery (ID)||Investigation Discovery (ID)||Investigation Discovery (ID)|
|Law & Crime Network
|MLB Network||MLB Network|
|National Geographic||National Geographic||National Geographic|
|Nat Geo Wild||Nat Geo Wild|
|NBA TV||NBA TV|
|Olympic Channel||Olympic Channel|
|OWN (Coming later 2019)||OWN||OWN|
|Science Channel||Science Channel|
|SEC Network||SEC Network|
|Smithsonian Channel||Smithsonian Channel|
|Start TV||Start TV||Start TV|
|Sundance TV||Sundance TV|
|TCM (Turner Classic Movies)||TCM (Turner Classic Movies)|
|Travel Channel||Travel Channel||Travel Channel|
|WE tv||WE tv||WE 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:
- 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
- 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
With YouTube TV and PlayStation Vue Access 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!
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|YouTube TV||Hulu with Live TV|
|PlayStation Vue||DirecTV Now|