What is PlayStation Vue? PS Vue Review, Channel List, Cost, Devices, Free Trial and More

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PlayStation Vue is intent on distributing a better option for watching live TV than a cable subscription. It’s a lofty goal, but at the moment they are making great progress. There are several on-demand streaming services, but not nearly as many services offering live TV as a streaming option. PlayStation Vue has worked to differentiate itself by offering a high-quality channel package that was previously only available with a cable contract. Our PlayStation Vue review below will answer all of your questions regarding features, service, cost, and the PlayStation Vue channels list.

 

What Is PlayStation Vue?

PlayStation Vue was launched in 2015 by Sony to provide an alternative for the growing number of people who were interesting in cutting their cable subscription. Similar to Sling TV (but more expensive, more on that later), it is a live streaming service, which provides access to around 45+ channels in its introductory package that starts at $29.99 per month.  Some of the PlayStation Vue channels included are CNN, TBS, TNT, NBC, CBS, FOX, and many more. Beyond the entry package, there are Core and Elite options which include about 60+ and 90+ channels, respectively. The service was originally only available on PlayStation consoles, Fire TV, and iPhones/iPads, but now it has expanded to more streaming devices (more on this below).

There are also Standalone PlayStation Vue Channels, which can be added to your subscription. These range from movie channels to sports channels to gaming channels and cost varying prices per month. Some are as low as $3.99 per month.

PlayStation Vue is a month-to-month subscription service, which does not require a contract. It is structured like Netflix and other streaming services and gives you the ability to cancel at any time you like. PlayStation Vue is one of the best cable TV alternatives for anyone looking to cut the cable cord or even for those who already do not have cable. You’ll find our full PlayStation Vue review below.

 

PlayStation Vue vs. Sling TV: How Does Vue Compare?


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When it comes to live streaming your favorite channels, there are really only two major options available right now — PlayStation Vue and Sling TV (and newly-launched DIRECTV NOW). On the surface, Vue and Sling TV are very similar services. Both act as a replacement to cable TV, offering live streaming of popular pay TV channels at a lower cost than cable TV and with no contract required.

However, there are some important differences between PlayStation Vue and Sling TV.

  • PlayStation Vue has mobile streaming restrictions that could block you from accessing most Vue content away from your home network. Sling TV can be watched anywhere in the US.
  • The PlayStation Vue channel lineup is bigger than Sling TV’s.
  • Sling TV is cheaper than Vue and its skinny bundle add-on packages are much closer to an a la carte solution.

Both streaming services are excellent overall and are great replacements for cable TV. It comes down to budget and personal preference. You can learn more about Sling TV by reading our full review of the service. Also, check out our comparison of the best online streaming services.

 

Which Devices Are Compatible With PlayStation Vue?


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When Sony introduced PlayStation Vue it was only available through your PS3 or PS4. Recently, Sony announced that it would soon be available on other devices. Now, it can be accessed on your iPhone and iPad and on your TV with an Amazon streaming device, Roku, or Google Chromecast. Apple TV device support was just recently added, as well.

Here’s the full list of PlayStation Vue devices you can use to stream the service directly to your television:

PlayStation Vue has an application on the Apple Store, which can be downloaded and used to watch live TV or on-demand shows wherever you get an internet connection. The Amazon Fire TV stick can access your PlayStation Vue directly on your TV, letting you watch all the TV shows and live sporting events from your couch. Amazon Fire TV also can be used to watch PlayStation Vue by downloading the application on Amazon and signing in with your PlayStation Network account.

 

What Features Does PlayStation Vue Offer?

One of the goals of Sony’s PS Vue is to bring cable cutters the ability to live stream top-quality channels. Many streaming sites like Hulu, Netflix, and Amazon Prime Instant Video have grown in popularity due to the ability to stream on-demand content, but are not true replacements for a cable package. They do not appeal to those who want to relax in their living room and watch TV shows as they air or catch live sporting events. With PlayStation Vue, you can stream live TV from the comfort of your own home without the hassle or expense of a cable subscription.

PlayStation Vue’s ability to live stream its popular cable channels is the main feature on the service, but it offers several other options to make the experience more enjoyable.

  • Watch Live TV – With PS Vue, you can watch live TV as it airs on cable. You’ll get access to 45+ channels, all streaming live, just like if you had a cable subscription – except much cheaper, and no contract required!
  • On-Demand Content– PlayStation Vue stores up to 3 days of some of the most popular primetime shows available on select channels. You can then go back and watch anything you might have missed and when viewing a specific show can see all of the previous episodes available on-demand.
  • Cloud DVR/My Shows– One of the best features on PlayStation Vue is the ability to tag your favorite TV shows. The future airings of the show will be recorded and saved to the Sony cloud for up to 28 days. You can then go back and retrieve whatever shows you have recorded and watch on your own time. Sony mentions you can record thousands of hours of shows, so there should not be any problems including just about as many as you’d like.
  • Timeline– One of the things Sony has planned for is subscribers who are interested in removing a cable subscription, but still keeping up with their favorite TV shows. Therefore, PlayStation Vue’s timeline feature lets users view the last eight shows they watched and what is up next to air. This way you never miss the next installment of your favorite shows and can easily set up your preferred shows to be recorded in the future.

 

What Are the Different PlayStation Vue Packages?

After learning about what the service is and the features it includes, you should know the PS Vue channels included in its packages. PlayStation Vue has several options to subscribe to its service. You can either subscribe to one of its three multi-channel plans or to one of its standalone channel packages. Sony has been consistently adding and updating its channel offerings, but here is the current slate of offerings included in a subscription:

It’s important to note that while most of these channels are available live, ABC, Fox, NBC and CBS are on-demand online (for now).

*Note—You can sign up for a 7-day free trial for PlayStation Vue and test out any of the below plans.

Access Slim Plan ($29.99/month)

ABC (on demand nationwide), FOX (on demand nationwide), NBC (on demand nationwide), AMCBravo, Cartoon Network, CNBC, CNNE!, Food Network, HGTV, FOX News, TNT, USA, TBS, and several more. In total it amounts to about 45+ channels.

Core Slim Plan ($34.99/month)

The Core channel plan markets itself on the ability to add local sports networks to your list of channels. There are about 60+ channels overall and the list includes additional channels like the Golf Channel and IFC, if you pay the extra $5 per month. One of the constant concerns with cable cutters is the limited options to watch live sports events. PlayStation Vue’s Core package answers these concerns, especially with the ability to watch local sports.

Elite Slim Plan ($44.99/month)

The Elite package features 90+ channels and features PlayStation Vue’s standalone channels. The two standalone services are Epix Hits, which features popular movies, comedy specials and documentaries, and Machinima, which Sony says is the headquarters for all things gaming including original series, news, and high-quality gameplay.

Ultra Slim Plan ($64.99/month)

The Ultra package features all of the channels in the above packages plus premium networks, like HBO and Showtime. This is everything Vue has to offer.

Standalone PlayStation Vue Channels— Sony has three packages, which can be subscribed to on their own. The standalone channels are available nationwide for anyone with a PlayStation Network account and the above devices.

  • HBO ($15/month) — HBO can be added to your PlayStation Vue subscription for $15 a month, the same price Sling TV charges and the same cost as the standalone HBO NOW service.
  • Machinima ($3.99/month, $1.99/month for PlayStation Plus Members) — As mentioned above Machinima is marketed as the headquarters for all things gaming and fandom. The channel produces original series, streams high-quality gameplay action, featured news, podcast segments, and more. Sony offers a free 30-day trial for this package.
  • FOX Soccer Plus ($14.99/month, $12.99/month for PlayStation Plus Members)— Launched in 2010, FOX Soccer Plus is dedicated to covering soccer and rugby around the world. FOX has broadcast rights for popular leagues like UEFA Champions League and UEFA Europa League and the standalone package would be a useful option for anyone looking to cut cable and still follow as much soccer action as possible throughout the year. There is currently a free 7-day trial on PlayStation Vue for FOX Soccer Plus.
  • SHOWTIME ($10.99/month, $8.99/month for PlayStation Plus Members)— You can subscribe to receive all of SHOWTIME’s original programming available as a live stream on any of the approved devices. The one hang up is there is no announcement on when SHOWTIME Anytime will be available for PlayStation Vue subscribers to watch all of SHOWTIME’s programming on-demand. For an extra $1.50/month you can also add EPIX to the SHOWTIME description to watch even more movies and other features. For this package, Sony offers a free 30-day trial.
  • CINEMAX ($15.00/month) – CINEMAX provides premium movies and TV content, with a focus on new-release and hard-to-find films.
  • Polaris ($2.99/month, $1.99/month for PlayStation Plus members) – Polaris is a gaming network created by Maker Network. It offers tons of interesting coverage for fans of video gaming.

So, now you have a better picture of the channels on PlayStation Vue. It’s a good selection, but unfortunately Vue has actually been shrinking lately, while its competitors are growing. In November 2016, Vue dropped all Viacom-owned channels, including Comedy Central, Spike and MTV. This was an unfortunate development, and leaves us a little concerned for the future of this service.

 

What About PlayStation Vue Local Channels?

Most PS Vue channels are available nationwide, but some channels on PlayStation Vue are only available in certain areas. Below, find more info on the PS Vue local channels:

  • FOX – FOX is available live in select markets, including:
    • Atlanta;  Austin; Charlotte; Chicago; Dallas; Detroit; Gainesville; Houston; Los Angeles ; Miami; Minneapolis; New York; Orlando; Philadelphia; Phoenix; San Francisco; Tampa; and Washington, D.C.
    • FOX is available on-demand nationwide (but only live in the above areas)
  • NBC – NBC is available live in select markets, including:
    • Chicago; Dallas; Detroit; Hartford/New Haven; Houston; Los Angeles; Miami; New York; Philadelphia; San Diego; San Francisco; and Washington, D.C.
    • NBC is available on-demand nationwide (but only live in the above areas)
  • ABC – ABC is available live in select markets, including:
    • Chicago; Fresno; Houston;  Los Angeles; New York; Philadelphia; Raleigh Durham; and San Francisco.
    • ABC is available on-demand nationwide (but only live in the above areas)
  • CBS – Vue now offers CBS in a number of markets around the country. See details below:

PlayStation Vue CBS Local Markets

CBS has been a bit more difficult to get live on major streaming services (likely because CBS has its own streaming service, CBS All Access), PlayStation has quietly been building an impressive roster of cities in which is offers the CBS local affiliate. See below for the current list of PlayStation Vue CBS local markets with live streams.

Albany, Ga – WSWG

Albany-Schenectady-Troy – CBS 6

Alexandria, La – CBS Channel 2

Amarillo – News Channel 10

Atlanta – CBS46

Augusta-Aiken – WRDW 12

Austin-KEYE

Baltimore-CBS13

Baton Rouge – WAFB 9 News

Biloxi-Gulfport – WLOX CBS 13

Boston-CBS4

Burlington-Plattsburgh – WCAX

Cedar Rapids-Waterloo-Iowa City-Dubuque – CBS 2

Charleston, Sc – Live 5 WCSC

Charlottesville – WCAV TV

Charlotte-WBTV

Cheyenne-Scottsbluff – CBS Newschannel 5

Chicago-CBS2

Cincinnati-WKRC

Cleveland-CBS9

Colorado Springs-Pueblo – KKTV 11

Columbus, OH – WBNS 10TV

Dallas-CBS11

Dayton – WHIO TV

Denver-CBS4

 

Des Moines-Ames – KCCI

Detroit-CBS 62

Dothan – WTVY-TV

El Paso (Las Cruces) – CBS 4

Elmira (Corning) – WENY CBS

Erie – WSEE

Fargo-Valley City – Valley News Live

Flint-Saginaw-Bay City – WNEM TV 5

Ft. Myers-Naples – WINK-TV

Grand Rapids-Newschannel3

Harlingen-Wslco-Brnsvl-Mca – CBS 4

Harrisburg-CBS21

Harrisonburg – The V

Hartford & New Haven – WFSB Channel 3

Honolulu – Hawaii News Now: KGMB

Idaho Falls-Pocatello-Jackson – KIDK 3

Jackson, Tn – WBBJ CBS 7

Jacksonville – CBS47

Kansas City – KCTV5

Knoxville – Local 8 News

Laredo – CBS Laredo

Lexington – Mountain News WYMT

Lexington – WKYT

Lincoln & Hastings-Krny – 10/11 Now  

 

Los Angeles-CBS2

Louisville – CBS Louisville

Miami-CBS4

Milwaukee — CBS 58

Minneapolis – CBS4

Monroe-El Dorado – KNOE 8 News

Monterey-Salinas – KION News Channel 5

Montgomery-Selma – CBS 8

New York-CBS2

North Platte – KNPL

Odessa-Midland – CBS 7

Oklahoma City – News 9

Paducah-Cape Girard-Harsbg – KFVS12

Palm Springs – CBS Local 2

Panama City – Local 18 News

Parkersburg – The Newscenter

Philadelphia-CBS3

Phoenix (Prescott) – CBS5AZ

Pittsburgh-CBS2

Portland-Auburn – CBS 13

Presque Isle – WAGM

Reno – KTVN

Roanoke-Lynchburg – WDBJ 7

Rockford – 23 WIFR

Sacramento – CBS13 

 

Salisbury – WBOC 16

Salt Lake City-KUTV2

San Diego-CBS8

San Francisco – CBS 5

Santa Barbara-Santa Maria – San Luis Obispo – KCOY 12

Savannah – WTOC 11

Seattle – KIRO 7

Sherman-Ada – CBS 12

Shreveport – KSLA News 12

South Bend-Elkhart – WSBT 22

Springfield-Holyoke – WSHM CBS 3

St. Louis – KMOV 4

Tallahassee-Thomasville – WCTV

Toledo – WTOL

Topeka – 13 WIBW

Traverse City-Cadillac – 9&10 News

Tucson (Sierra Vista) – CBS 13

Tulsa – News On 6

Twin Falls – KMVT 11

Waco-Temple-Bryan – KBTX News

Waco-Temple-Bryan – KWTX News 10

Wausau-Rhinelander – WSAW

West Palm Beach-CBS12

Wichita Falls & Lawton – Newschannel 6

Wichita-Hutchinson Plus – KWCH 12

 

How Much Does PlayStation Vue Cost?

As you can see above PlayStation Vue has many packages and different variations on how much it will cost for its subscriptions. If you compare it to other services its basic package of $29.99 per month is a great deal. It’s main competitor, Sling TV, has a basic plan for $20 per month, but it has fewer channels.

PlayStation Vue can surely be seen as a competitive option against a cable subscription. It is cheaper than many cable packages and Sony may be focusing more on providing a similar channel selection as cable for a cheaper option that can easily be streamed from home.

One of the best aspects is the ability to have the same price without any contracts. You pay month-to-month and Sony does not try to entice you into a long contract to pay a lower rate. You’ll never be locked into one of the expensive cable subscriptions again and you can decide how you’ll stream live TV on your own terms.

 

How Does PlayStation Vue Work?

We often are asked by our readers, how does PlayStation Vue work? If you’re coming over from cable TV, you may be wondering how exactly these online services work. Well, basically, they function in a fairly similar way to cable TV, except for that they work over the internet.

When you sign up for PlayStation Vue, you’re paying for the rights to watch all the channels included in the package you select. Sony (the company behind Vue) has negotiated to secure broadcasting rights for these networks, just like your old cable provider did.

When you use Vue, or another online streaming service, there is no cable box, so you’ll need to use a streaming device. See the PlayStation Vue devices section for more info on this. Basically, you’ll just need a compatible device and an internet connection – that’s it! There’s also a PlayStation Vue free trial that you can use to try the service out.

 

Can I Try PlayStation Vue Free?

Yes, there is a PlayStation Vue free trial (7-days) for all of its multi-channel packages! There are also free trials, either 7-days or 30-days, for all of its standalone packages. This gives you a great chance to test PlayStation Vue’s features and offerings and find out if it is the right option for you. All the PlayStation Vue plans offer free trial periods. We highly recommend trying a free trial before you subscribe!

 

How Can I Cancel PlayStation Vue?

If you for whatever reason would like to cancel PlayStation Vue subscription, it’s a fairly easy process. PlayStation Vue is non-contract, so you can cancel at any time. Simply go to this link, sign in to your account, and look for the “cancel subscription” button. From there, follow the instructions to continue cancelling PlayStation Vue. See this link for more information.

If you’re cancelling PlayStation Vue to try a new service, check out our guide to the best streaming services.

 

Is There a PlayStation Vue Gift Card?

If you’re looking to give the gift of PlayStation Vue, you may be wondering about the availability of a PlayStation Vue gift card. At this time, there is no gift card created specifically for PlayStation Vue. However, PlayStation Wallet funds can be used for Vue subscription costs, which means that PlayStation Network gift cards can work. However, if you’re looking to give it as a gift, this adds an extra step of complication for those who are not familiar with PlayStation’s system. If you’re buying for a PlayStation user or someone who’s tech-savvy, you can get a PlayStation Vue gift card from various electronics retailers or online. Vue still requires a credit card/debit card to be on file in order to sign up for the service, however.

 

Playstation Vue Review: Bottom Line

Overall, this is a great new streaming service. It provides an impressive selection of channels at a reasonable price, and it’s available without a contract.  Now that it is available nationwide, it’s a great option for anyone looking to cut cable. It’s still more expensive than competing services like Sling TV, but it provides a ton of value. There’s also a PlayStation Vue free trial, which is a good way to test things out.

PlayStation Vue is also rapidly expanding. Just a few months ago it was only available in a handful of cities and cost $50+ a month. Now, it’s available nationwide and starts at just $29.99 per month! We expect Sony to continually expand and improve upon the Vue service. On the other hand, Vue dropping some key channels recently was a notable downside.

We’ll keep this guide updated with the latest information! Also, if you read a PlayStation Vue review elsewhere, be sure to note when it was published, as Vue has gone through some major changes recently (for the better)!

 

How Can I Learn More about Sony’s PlayStation Vue?

Thanks for reading our PlayStation Vue review. To learn more information about PlayStation Vue, access their website here and start a free 7-day trial. If you have any questions, feel free to comment below and I’ll help!

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26 Comments on "What is PlayStation Vue? PS Vue Review, Channel List, Cost, Devices, Free Trial and More"

  1. X Sparky Green | May 1, 2016 at 12:20 pm |

    Trying the 7 day trial, not that impressed. The on demand only holds a few episodes not entire seasons. No ff on shows. Still not worth it to me yet. Do love the channel options and price, access to shows. Hope the future they get a little better use options and customer customisation.

  2. Tori Smart | May 5, 2016 at 1:18 pm |

    How does play station vue work? I’m very interested in this where I cancelled my cable due to the cost but miss watching TV and the red sox play. Is the 29.99 a fee on top of the 20.00 a month for Sling or are they seperate? Thank you

  3. How many devices can watch in 1 household at the time, with sling only one at a time and with a family of three that’s not good. Thanks

    • CATV Free | March 4, 2017 at 1:43 am |

      Steven, Sling allows you to stream to 3 devices at the same time if you have either their $25.00 ‘Blue’ or $40.00 ‘Orange + Blue’ packages.

  4. Ex-DirecTV Customer | July 21, 2016 at 3:41 pm |

    PS VUE lets you watch up to 5 streams at the same time. I signed up for the 7 day trial just a few days ago and was absolutely blown away by the product. Will be cutting my $150/mo DirecTV service this week and going all in on the VUE. It’s definitely awesome if you are trying to cut the cord or save some money. It gives me the channels I want without having to pay for a bunch of other crap. Hopefully they will continue to add more channels that are useful and keep the crap out. The only thing it’s missing for me is NFL Network and A&E and maybe a few others. But I can overlook that right now because it has a lot of things I do like to watch. Another good feature of VUE is you can DVR shows right into the cloud. It will keep recordings for 30 days approximately. Unfortunately SlingTV has no DVR capability currently.

  5. Sally Ritchie | September 10, 2016 at 8:42 pm |

    Your website sucks. I am a subscriber. Last month I was able to actually find where to logon to my account. Now that is gone. Last month I could save favorites on my Fire TV menu. Now that function fails. I would love to talk to someone, but of course you provide no phone number. Could you be any more elusive? I’m looking at Sling. You’re idiots.

  6. I have tried the Playstation cue the 29.99 plan. My Fiance likes watching sports. This plan shows sports however not the game he wanted to watch Alabama game u know. I think that may be on CBS. I wish I would have tried the 100 plus plan. I love the setup and channels. I have a Mohleaf antenna for the living room that works great. I saved a lot in my cable bill. Cable companies bye Felicia lol. Any who, I’m glad I have 2 roku and antenna and I learned about Playstation vue I love it. I recommend it 5 stars. I just explore the free trial on the package of your choice. oh yes, it is easy to cancel they send a email and u can cancel online just click menu . I had to find it the hard way. No worries. Hope I was helpful.

  7. Tom Applegate | September 13, 2016 at 12:33 am |

    I have four TV’s; what hardware do I need at each TV to switch to Vue?

  8. Do you have to have a ps4 connected to every tv

  9. Do I have to have a PS Vue subscription for each TV I stream to or can I stream to the up to 5 TV’s on one subscription?

  10. I watch MMA and Vue is the better value over Sling, as Spike (Bellator) FS1 and FS2 (UFC) and NBCSN (WSOF) are all included in the same thin bundle. It’s interesting over at Sling, ESPN is included in the basic bundle, but not in the mid-tier. You need to move up the ladder to get ESPN again. No fast forwarding on the virtual dvr sucks, especially since there is so much extra stuff during bouts, and I often want to watch the fights in a different order. Spike on Sling is an extra $5 and includes a package with MTV stuff and Logo. You can get by with this on a Roku, but it’s a much better experience with Amazon Fire TV

  11. This is a great review of a great service. I was able to cleave my cable bill in half. Now, I just use their broadband.

    I got an HD antanea and a Tivo OTA for my local stations. PS Vue doesn’t carry The CW in our area. Plus, it’s nice to have a back-up in case the the internet is down. I’ll still be able to get the local news.

    Word of advice; the PS Vue app doesn’t run that well on the older Roku HD box. Audio is often out of sync with the video and I have to restart the application. This happens at least once a night. Haven’t had that problem with any other Roku app except VUDU.

    It works flawlessly with my Roku Streaming Stick, though. Never a problem there.

    PlayStation Vue would definitely be a cable killer if it had a Tivo app. All of that one box would demolish the competition. I wouldn’t even need my Roku if I could watch PS Vue on my Tivo.

  12. steve sschardi | September 19, 2016 at 11:54 pm |

    just signed up for free trial, on the Elite package. On a comparison with DIRECTV cheapest Directv package.
    PS-vu, video is somewhat lower def. Noticeable on sports, looks more “movie” like.
    Cost is almost half what I pay for Directv.
    Menu’s not really good, compared with Directv.
    Fire Stick very laggy.The Stick remote way too small.
    On PS3 it works great. haven’t used PS4 or FireTV box.
    Vue can record everything, save up to 28 days. Directv fewer recording options, only 2 recording, or 1 recording and 1 live. But can save shows almost indefinitely.
    Directv wins overall except on price. It’s a tough choice. Price or quality.

  13. So, still no MLB Network anywhere? That’s the only channel I really want, and no way to get it other than paying for a max cable package! Sad!

    • CATV Free | March 4, 2017 at 1:32 am |

      Jack, I have had the MLB [Major League Baseball] app on my Roku 3 streaming box for a few years. Roku app details here: https://channelstore.roku.com/details/14/mlb.tv
      They currently offer FULL, live coverage [$112.99/year of every team or a slightly less expensive package [$84.49/year] which covers only your favorite team’s games. If you only need 3 or 4 months of coverage, you have that option as well at $24.99/mo. For MLB fans, it’s a great deal in comparison to cable tv and you can watch the games at YOUR desire instead of having to catch them live. The MLB.TV site states your app receives full HD at 60fps which is hard to beat. Not sure about the fps thing but my tv picture looks great while using the app. More details here:
      http://mlb.mlb.com/mlb/subscriptions/index.jsp?product=roku

  14. James J Tigges | February 24, 2017 at 8:55 am |

    What package on playstation vue can I watch Fox News LIVE?

    Thank you for your help.

  15. Tim Nesemann | February 25, 2017 at 2:04 pm |

    Can you stream different channels to different tvs in your home at the same time with VUE or does to have to be the same channel?

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