For many people, the scariest part of cord cutting is FOMO (fear of missing out). When I was cutting the cord, I wanted to be sure that I had a way to watch my favorite shows. Whether I wanted to watch CBS or HBO, I needed to know that I was going to have a way to watch what I wanted to watch. I just didn’t want to pay an arm and a leg to do it. One of the first services that became available that would really allow cord cutters to experience cable in an affordable way was PlayStation Vue. While PS Vue is nice, there are PlayStation Vue competitors out there that are worth looking at, too.
PlayStation Vue does have a lot going for it and you can learn all about it in our PS Vue review. Basically, you can watch on a variety of devices, you’ll get anywhere from 45 to 90 channels, and a cloud-based DVR is included. All of this starts at $30/month. Still, PlayStation Vue isn’t the only live stream service out there. In terms of PlayStation Vue competition, there are three main services that we’re going to discuss in more detail below. Other services are also in the works or have been recently released, so it’s safe to say that there is more PlayStation Vue competition on the horizon.
PS Vue Alternatives: A Quick Glance
You already know enough about PlayStation Vue to want to shop around a little bit. You know about the 45-90 channels, the lineup, and the devices you can use either from personal experience, reading our PS Vue review, or trying the 5-day free trial. Below are three of the most popular PS Vue alternatives. After this section, we will go into further detail so you know as much about each PlayStation Vue competitors as possible.
- Between 60 and 120+ channels
- No contracts and no hidden fees
- Prices start at $35/month
- Works on the most popular devices including Roku
- A free one-week trial is available
- Packages start with 30+ channels
- A la carte channels and bundles can add over 100 channel options
- No hidden fees or contracts
- Pricing starts at $20/month
- Watch on most devices
- A free 7-day trial is also available
- One package with more than 50 channels
- Sports-forward with numerous sports channels
- Pricing starts at $35/month
- Works with most popular devices
- A free one-week trial starts your membership
PlayStation Vue Competitors: Learn More
Now that you know the basics of each service, let’s look at each of the PlayStation Vue competitors a bit more in length.
DIRECTV NOW’s smallest package still has over 60+ channels! This is one of the live streaming services that would be best for someone that wants cable, but doesn’t want to pay as much for it. The guide looks a lot like cable and you definitely have a lot of channels, like you would with cable. In terms of DIRECTV NOW’s channel lineup, you’ll have AMC, ESPN, A&E, Freeform, Discovery, FOX News, FX, MSNBC, OWN, History, CNBC, Syfy, and USA. The largest package has multiple Starz channels added into the package. You can also add HBO or Cinemax or another $5/month per channel. Some local channels are available though they are only available in select areas. Otherwise, nationwide access is available.
DIRECTV NOW works on Roku, Chromecast, Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, and mobile devices. If you want to try DIRECTV NOW before becoming a member, a free one-week trial is available. You can learn more in our DIRECTV NOW review.
Sling TV has three packages. Sling Orange is the $20/month package that has 30+ channels. The basic lineup has AMC, ESPN, CNN, A&E, TNT, Freeform, TBS, Lifetime, and History. If you want more channels you can opt for Sling TV Blue ($25/month) or you can add channels on. If you want to add channels you can opt for single channels like HBO or you can add bundle packs which bundle sports, movie, or other types of channels together for one low price. Local channels are not available in Sling Orange, but some are available in Sling Blue (in select cities).
Sling TV works on Roku, mobile devices, Chromecast, Xbox, Apple TV, and other devices. Special offers are available but before you can get those you need to sign up for your free 7-day trial. If you have any questions, be sure to check our Sling TV review.
fuboTV is a more sports-forward offering than the other services that we’ve listed. If you like sports ranging from soccer and baseball to College sports, cycling, and Olympic coverage, fuboTV could be for you! Some of the sports offerings you’ll get with fuboTV include FS1, NBCSN, FOX Soccer, and FOX Sports regional channels. Cable channels are also included like FX, FXX, Syfy, El Rey, and USA. Some local channels are included, but they are only able to live stream in a small selection of cities. You’ll even have a cloud-based DVR that comes with your service so that you can record whatever you’re not able to watch in real time. fuboTV only has one package and it’s $35/month. There are a few add-on options available, as well.
PlayStation Vue Competitors: Bottom Line
There are several PlayStation Vue competitors. These are just three of the most popular options. It’s good news that so many services are available, if you think about it, because this gives you a better chance at finding just what you want, as opposed to getting stuck with something.
Currently, the best options in terms of PlayStation Vue competitors are DIRECTV NOW and Sling TV. That said, if you’re more into sports, fuboTV is a good option, as well. If these services don’t work for you, remember there are other PlayStation Vue competitors out there or on the way.
If you’ve made it all the way to this point and you’re still not sure what service is right for you, sign up for a few free trials and see what you like the most!