Here’s everything you need to know about PlayStation Vue to help you decide if it’s right for you.
PlayStation Vue (or PS Vue) is an over-the-top internet television service that’s been around since March 2015. When it first launched, it was poorly received since it only worked on PlayStation consoles and had little support from major channel providers.
Today, however, you can use PlayStation Vue to watch an impressive lineup of channels right on your computer, mobile phone, or tv-connected device like Roku and Amazon Fire TV. Everything from Animal Planet, cartoon Network, and ESP to Freeform, Oxygen, and USA Network are available.
How much do you have to pay?
PlayStation Vue offers a number of packages that each come with their own price and available networks. There’s also a “Slim” price available if one of the following major networks isn’t included in your area: Fox, ABC, NBC, or CBS.
The “Access” package comes with more than 60 television channels, including popular ones like Disney Channel, SyFy, FX, CBS and more. The normal Access plan costs $40/month and the Access Slim package costs $30/month.
The “Core” package costs $45/month but offers more than 75 HD channels. These include a lot of sports channels like beIN Sports, Fox Sports, ESPNews, and NBC Golf. The Core Slim plan delivers 70 channels to your home at $35/month.
The “Elite” package is for the true TV fan. This plan offers more than 100 channels and includes Boomerang, Velocity, ESPN Deportes, and other specialty channels. The normal plan costs $55/month and the Elite Slim deal will cost you $45/month.
There are also a number of different add-ons to consider. Each one comes with their own specific price per month:
- Fox Soccer Plus—($15/month)
- NFL RedZone—($40/season)
- Epix Hits—($4/month)
- Español Pack; includes 9 Spanish channels—($5/month)
Note: Keep in mind that channel availability is always subject to change depending on which providers Sony cuts/makes deals with.
What do I need to use PlayStation Vue?
Gone are the days when owning a PS3 or PS4 was required to use PlayStation Vue. Along with these two consoles, the following streaming devices currently support PlayStation Vue:
Most mobile devices are also compatible with PlayStation Vue, including Android, iOS, and Google Chromecast. If you don’t own any of those devices, fret not: PlayStation Vue can be watched on both your Windows and Mac computers via web browser.
How is Playstation Vue better than satellite TV or cable?
While it may not be for everyone, PlayStation Vue can serve as a cheaper alternative by letting you watch your favorite shows for much less than what what traditional TV services cost. Of course, it all depends on how many channels you want in your library as well as what how competitive your local TV service providers are in terms of bundle prices.
The big advantage of using PlayStation Vue is being able to watch TV on many devices. Since every PlayStation Vue account allows simultaneous streaming on up to five devices, you can check out your shows on your tablet while the Mrs. watcher her programs on the big screen.
PlayStation Vue also offers a a number of features that your average set-top box doesn’t This includes the ability to bookmark TV channels, save shows (cloud DVR) for viewing on a different device, and separate profiles for everyone in your family.
Will my bill eventually go up like with satellite/cable?
There’s never guarantee as to whether Sony will keep the same prices or raise them in the future. That being said, they’ve so far proven much more trustworthy when it comes to billing. Although it’s common for top cable providers like Verizon and Frontier to rack up your rates with hidden fees and contracts, Sony will never surprise you with a surprise bill that’s higher than normal.
Using PlayStation Vue also eliminates the need for installation fees or equipment rental costs. Where cable providers may charge you for each set-top box you want in your home, PlayStation Vue lets you use up to five devices simultaneously.
It is also much easier to get out if you decide that PlayStation Vue isn’t for you. All you need to do is either access your account settings on psvue.com or go to the app’s settings menu if you’re using a PlayStation console. You can cancel whenever your heart desires without worry of termination fees or a call from a customer-retention specialist.
Can I try PlayStation Vue for free?
Yes! A free one-week trial is available to anyone who hasn’t redeemed a trial before. Just keep in mind that the monthly rate will be charged to your credit card if you don’t cancel your PlayStation Vue service before the trial period ends.
To start your free trial, visit this page and create or sign into your PlayStation Network account. If you decide to cancel, go to Settings, choose Subscription, and then select the cancel button. You can also login at www.psvue.com and choose Unsubscribe from the My Subscription menu.
What else makes PlayStation Vue worth it?
If you’re still not convinced, consider these other perks:
- Cloud DVR support allows you to add shows to your “My Shows” list. PlayStation Vue will automatically save the latest episodes from these shows for 28 days.
- Certain channels offer “on demand” shows that you can watch at any time. Other channels also keep the their latest programming available to for three days after they aired.
- Watching live channels means you have to sit through the same commercials as traditional TV users. However, shows saved via the cloud DVR offer the ability to skip ads.
- You can pause live programming for up to 30 minutes if you’re using PlayStation Vue on a PlayStation console. However, other devices only allow you to pause for a few minutes before video plays again automatically.
- Video playback is an impressive 720p and 60 frames per second. However, using the first versions of Fire TV Stick and Fire TV limit your frames per second to 30.
- A high bandwidth is recommended but not required. Sony suggests having at least 10 Mbps at home.
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