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PlayStation Vue streaming service review

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This alternative to traditional cable won’t be around for much longer.

PlayStation Vue was introduced as a viable replacement for traditional cable, offering a robust package of channels, including bundles designed for sports, news, entertainment and families.

But it won’t be around much longer: PlayStation’s owners recently announced a shutdown of services as of January 30, 2020.

Details

Service typeOn-demand streaming
Free trialNo
Pricing starts at$49.99
Lock-in contractNo

Ending Service January 2020

In October 2019, Sony revealed it would be ending PlayStation Vue after the last 4 years of service in order to focus on their core gaming business. You will still be able to access TV and movie content through the PlayStation Store using your PS4.

For more information on how you can stream TV and movies, check out our internet TV page.

Pros and cons

Pros

  • Basic package includes 50+ channels, with upgrades.
  • Easy-to-operate cloud DVR with virtually unlimited capability.
  • 5 simultaneous streams and 10 viewing profiles available.

Cons

  • Services shut down on January 30, 2020.
  • Offers fewer channels than comparably priced services — and includes commercials.
  • No options for parental controls.

What features does PlayStation Vue offer?

PlayStation Vue allows you to create up a primary account and add up to 9 profiles to personalize your top channels with your friends or family. Other features include:

Supports range of devices

Stream on more than your PlayStation. Watch shows, sports and more from your computer, your mobile device, tablet or PlayStation.

Nearly 50 channels to start, with more add on options

The basic service comes with all the networks, plus plenty of family-friendly channels, like Disney and Animal Planet. There’s also a few news options, like CNN, Fox News, and Fox Business.

You can upgrade your package to include ESPN and other sports channels.

Virtually unlimited DVR capability

Record unlimited episodes from up to 500 shows. The DVR is easy and intuitive to use too.

What devices is PlayStation Vue compatible with?

PlayStation Vue is compatible with select PlayStation consoles, smart TVs, mobile devices and tablets:

  • PlayStation consoles
    • PlayStation4
    • PlayStation3
  • Smart TVs
    • Roku Players and TVs — firmware 7.7 and newer
    • Amazon Fire TV — all gens
    • Apple TV —4th generation running tvOS 11.0 and newer
    • Android TV — all generations
  • Mobile devices and tablets
    • iOS devices — iOS 9 or higher
    • Android — Android phones and tablets running Android OS version 5.0 or newer
    • Amazon — Fire HD6 tablets and newer
  • Online
    • PS Vue TV — Chrome, Firefox, Safari and Microsoft Edge

How much does PlayStation Vue cost?

You’ll pay $49.99 for the basic multichannel package with increasing costs across three additional tiers. Channel availability and pricing may vary by ZIP code.

Package TierCostFeatures
Access$49.99 a month50+ channels, including networks, ESPN, CNN, Disney and Cartoon Network
Core$54.99 a month60+ channels, including IFC, Sundance, NBA TV and ESPNU
Elite$64.99 a month90+ channels, including Hallmark, Fusion and other niche and sports channels
Ultra$84.99 a month90+ channels, including HBO and Showtime

Upgrade your package with premium channels and an array of sports options through add-ons.

Add-onCostFeatures
Sports Pack$10 a month for Core, Elite or Ultra subscribersNFL RedZone, NBC Sports, Longhorn Network and more
HBO or Cinemax$15 a monthChoose from two premium channels — or bundle for savings
Espanol PackUp to $4.99 a monthUniverso, Fox Deportes, Nat Geo Mundo and more
Curiosity Stream$2.99 a monthScience, tech, history and nature documentaries on demand

PlayStation Vue free trial

With PlayStation Vue doomed to wind down its services in January 2020, it is no longer accepting new subscribers, effectively ending its advertised free five-day trial.

What can I watch with PlayStation Vue?

PlayStation Vue is comparable to a traditional cable package. You’ll get the networks, plus a big range of cable stations. Sports channels are noticeable missing from the basic service, but you can sign up for an additional Sports Pack. Other add-ons are also available.

How much data does it use?

PlayStation lets you control how much data you use depending on the quality you’re looking for.

QualityData use
Low1 GB data every 2 hours
Medium1 GB data every 1 hour
High1 GB data every 30 minutes

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PlayStation Vue is a multichannel streaming option to replace traditional cable. But it’s not cheap. And if you’re not already a subscriber, you may be out of luck: PlayStation is shuttering this service on January 30, 2020, citing too much competition.

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