PlayStation Vue Streaming Service Review 2019

You don’t need a gaming system to win big: stream live TV, record your favorite shows, and pay on a monthly no-contract basis with PlayStation Vue.
PlayStation Vue logo
Overall Rating 3.5 out of 5
Price:
$39.99–$74.99
Channels:
49–90
Contract :
Month-to-month

PlayStation Vue (or PS Vue) is like the cheaper, chiller, more flexible cousin of cable. You get most of the same channels and benefits as you get with cable for a fraction of the fuss and a portion of the price.

Cord-cutters, take note: you don’t actually need to have a PlayStation game console to watch PlayStation Vue. PS Vue supports most streaming devices like Amazon Fire TV stick and RokuTV. (Like we said, it’s flexible.)

PlayStation Vue also has more channels compared to other streaming services like Sling TV and fuboTV. There’s even a free, built-in DVR and lots of on-demand content like you would get from Netflix and Amazon Prime Video.

There’s no yearly contracts, no $200 early termination fees, and no hidden fees. Cable’s cousin is pretty awesome.

With PlayStation Vue, you won’t have to sign up for yearly contracts with early termination fees (ETFs), which can be $240 or more from traditional cable providers. You won’t need to lease equipment or pay hidden fees, either, but the streaming service may not have enough of your favorite channels.

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PlayStation Vue packages and pricing

How much is PlayStation Vue?

PlayStation Vue first plan starts at $49.99 per month, which is a decent price for such a solid selection of entertainment. Here’s the whole package layout.

PlayStation Vue packages
AccessCoreEliteUltra
Price$49.99/mo.$54.99/mo.$64.99/mo.$84.99/mo.
Channels52+ channels79+ channels99+ channels101+ channels
Premium channelsAvailable only as add-onsAvailable only as add-onsEPIX HitsHBO, SHOWTIME, EPIX Hits
Simultaneous streams5555
DetailsFree 5-day TrialFree 5-day TrialFree 5-day TrialFree 5-day Trial

Price and channel inclusion vary according to location.

Wait! I’m still not sure which PlayStation Vue plan I want!

It’s okay, we’ve got the specifics:

  • Access gives you all the basics: news, reality TV, and kids entertainment. From AMC to Discovery Channel, you should always be able to find something to watch.
  • Core is a sports-lover favorite. It adds the major sports channels like the NFL Network, NBA TV, and MLB Network, along with a few more news, reality TV, and movie channels.
  • Elite is great for those who miss cable’s variety. This package gives you a little more of everything: Universal Kids for the little ones, the Sony Movie channel, more international sports, etc.
  • Ultra is for those who want all the Elite channels but couldn’t bear to let HBOⓇ and SHOWTIMEⓇ slip through their fingers. Why choose between Shameless and Girls when you could have both?.

We’re pretty impressed with the offerings from PlayStation Vue, especially since the cheapest plan (Access) has the bulk of popular channels like AMC, FX, ESPN, ESPN2, Cartoon Network/Adult Swim, Fox News, CNN, and HGTV. With the highest–tier package having 89+ channels, it’s not the highest channel count among streaming services, but PlayStation Vue doesn’t load their count with music channels or other filler we don’t care about.

We’d guess that most people would get the majority of what they want to watch by getting the Core package and adding on HBO or the Sports Pack. Personally, as long as we get Rick and Morty, Game of Thrones, and the NBA finals and NFL playoffs, we’re good.

Playstation Vue channels

Two words: Binge. Worthy.

We’re pretty impressed with the offerings from PlayStation Vue. The cheapest plan (Access) has the bulk of popular channels like AMC, FX, ESPN, ESPN2, Cartoon Network/Adult Swim, Fox News, CNN, and HGTV.

The highest-tier package, Ultra, has 101+ channels. That isn’t the highest channel count among streaming services, but PlayStation Vue doesn’t load their count with music channels or other filler we don’t care about, so that number means more.

Then again, PS Vue is missing these channels:

  • A&E
  • Comedy Central
  • The CW
  • HISTORY
  • MTV
  • Nickelodeon/Nick at Nite
  • PBS
  • STARZ®
  • TV Land
  • VH1
  • The Weather Channel

History fans, Key & Peele addicts, and Sesame Street lovers will be disappointed with PS Vue, unfortunately. Can you forgive PS Vue for missing these channels? That’s a question only your entertainment-loving heart can answer.

But most people can get most of what they want with the Core package and simply adding on HBO or the Sports Pack.

Personally, as long as we get Rick and Morty, Westworld, the NBA finals, and the NFL playoffs, we’re good. But if you want to see what else is out there, see how PlayStation Vue stacks up against other heavy hitters, like Hulu, YouTube TV, and AT&T TV NOW.

Local channels

Okay, so no one, not even PlayStation Vue’s own website, gives us a full list of all PlayStation Vue’s local affiliates. (Affiliates are local stations that have made a deal with a streaming service for access to its broadcast.)

Take all of PlayStation Vue’s FOX, ABC, CBS, and NBC affiliates together and you’ve got over 600 affiliates. That’s better than some streaming services, but not as good as others. So PlayStation gets a solid B+ for local channel connectivity.

The free 5-day trial is the most reliable way to check for your local channels. Just remember to cancel before five days are up if you don’t want to start a subscription.

Consider a TV antenna

An antenna is like a special membership that will get you access to all of your local channels.

Premium channels

Most streaming services know people will pay extra for premium channels. The trick with PlayStation Vue is to know which ones you want and find the best bunding deals and discounts.

We like to save money, and we figured you probably do too. So here’s some deals to check out.

The HBO + CINEMAX® bundle goes for $21.99 per month, and the EPIX + SHOWTIME bundle goes for $13.99 per month. That’s a pretty good deal.

The PS Plus Subscription comes out to about $5 per month, and it will get you discounts on the HBO + Cinemax bundle, the EPIX Hits + SHOWTIME bundle, SHOWTIME, EPIX Hits, and Hi-Yah!

If you get more than a few of these bundles, you’ll be saving more per month than your PS PLUS subscription costs per month. That’s a lot of value for the price.

If you want only one premium channel (sorry, PS Vue doesn’t offer STARZ), then you can do that too.

PlayStation Vue’s premium channel prices
ChannelPriceLearn more
HBO$15/mo.View Plans
SHOWTIME$10.99/mo.View Plans
CINEMAX$15/mo.View Plans
STARZN/AView Plans
EPIX$3.99/mo.View Plans
Hi-YAH!$2.99/mo.View Plans

Sports channels

The Core Package covers most of your major and minor sports channels, from the NFL Network to the Tennis Channel. That combined with the unlimited DVR storage makes PS Vue streaming ideal for dedicated-but-busy sports fans.

On top of that, there’s the $10 per month Sports Pack, available with the Core package or higher, that includes the following:

  • NFL RedZone
  • MLB Network Strike Zone
  • ESPN Goal Line
  • ESPN Bases Loaded
  • ESPN Classic
  • beIN Sports en Español
  • FOX College Sports Atlantic
  • FOX College Sports Central
  • FOX College Sports Pacific
  • Longhorn Network
  • Eleven Sports
  • Outside TV
  • Sixteen regional FOX sports networks
  • Seven regional NBC Sports networks
  • Three Stadium channels

If that’s not enough sports for you, we recommend the FOX Soccer Plus add-on for $14.99 per month.

(P.S. We’re seriously impressed with your dedication.)

PlayStation Vue is clearly gunning to be the cable replacement for sports fans, and it does it well—for the right price.

Add-ons

PlayStation Vue is on par with other streaming services like Sling TV and AT&T TV NOW when it comes to add-ons. Apart from all those premium channel add-ons and the sports pack, PlayStation Vue offers the following:

  • Español Pack: $3.99/mo.
  • Fox Soccer Plus: $14.99/mo.
  • Curiosity Stream: $2.99/mo.

This way, you can take the extras you want and leave the ones you don’t. But how are you going to save the live programs that are on during your weekly Pilates class? That’s what the DVR is for.

PlayStation Vue’s impressive DVR

PlayStation Vue’s DVR really ramps up the value.

PlayStation Vue’s DVR
DVR priceStorage hoursLength of storage
Included Unlimited hours28 days

Unlike Hulu + Live TV, Sling TV, or Philo, PlayStation Vue’s DVR system is free and allows for unlimited hours of recording.

You just need to add a live program to “My DVR” for it to automatically record. There’s no limit to the number of recordings, but whatever you save will disappear after 28 days, so don’t forget to get back to it.

Still, your family may be saved from the crisis of scheduling a family visit over the playoffs or the little ones missing the new Miraculous Ladybug episode.

Devices

You can register up to five devices; any more than that and you will have to select a device to unregister. You also get five simultaneous streams. Compared to DIRECTV, Sling TV, and fubo, PlayStation Vue has the highest number of available devices and streams. Mobile devices will have out-of-home network restrictions when on-the-go. It bears repeating: although it’s a common misconception, Vue works for more than PlayStation consoles.

The following devices will work for PlayStation Vue:

And of course, you can always watch on the PlayStation Vue website, which is our preferred at-home method—We use our laptops so much, it makes it easy to plug in a HDMI cable to the big-screen TV, turn on Vue, and then veg out for the night.

PlayStation Vue first impressions summary:

  • The interface is better than most cable and streaming services, giving multiple options for easy navigation along with understandable organization.
  • Playback is simple and intuitive.
  • Caption services are better than others.
  • PlayStation Vue is the only streaming live TV service that works on PlayStation Consoles but works for most devices.

User experience

Is it pretty off-paper too? Yes.

PlayStation Vue isn’t the cheapest streaming service, but it is one of the most well-featured and reliable. The video quality, dashboard, and channel guide rarely disappoint. (Basically, we’re saying cable’s cousin is kinda cute.)

Interface

The PS Vue’s library interface is one of the best ones we’ve tried. It’ll work on your favorite web browsers like a charm. Kudos to PlayStation’s design team—they really made it easy for users to get what they want fast.

We immediately noticed the option to add favorite channels and favorite shows, which is much more helpful than browsing the channel guide or searching for your show over and over.

PS Vue’s interface displays a show’s progress with a red and white bar so that you know at what point you’re tuning in.

And then there’s the Sports section: the coming week is broken down into an easily read snapshot, organized by sport, leagues, and teams. You can even toggle displaying scores on and off in your settings—a nice extra feature for sports fans.

PlayStation Vue is setting a standard for an organized, user-friendly streaming platform. Other streaming services should pay attention.

Captions

Special shoutout for the wide variety of closed-caption settings from PS Vue! We like seeing companies that make an effort to provide captions, but PS Vue also cares about how its captions are displayed.

Unlike fuboTV’s captions that take over half the screen, PS Vue’s captions can be adjusted for font size and style, as well as opacity, color, and background size—awesome! There is no way your nana can’t see those captions now.

Playback

PS Vue’s watching window isn’t anything new, but it does have nuances that streamline the experience. In the top-right corner, you’ll see the following:

  1. Whether the episode is marked as “on demand,” meaning you can access it whenever and wherever you have internet access. Unfortunately, it’s just a signal, not a button you can click to find other on-demand content.
  2. The channel logo (like CN for Cartoon Network), which you can click to see what else is on the network.
  3. Either a checkmark or a plus sign, signifying that you’ve added or can add a show to your favorites.

The standard playback controls are there:

  • Play/pause
  • Rewind or fast-forward 10 seconds
  • Back to beginning
  • Volume
  • HD and closed-captioning
  • Browse mode (your show plays minimized while you surf channels)
  • Full screen

Unfortunately, live channels mean there is no safe haven from ads, not even on the DVR. You won’t be able to skip commercials, even with on-demand content. That said, you won’t get more commercials than traditional cable.

Is PlayStation Vue compatible with my streaming device?

PlayStation Vue is compatible with almost any streaming device, not just PlayStation consoles.

The following devices will work for PlayStation Vue:

  • PlayStation 3
  • PlayStation 4
  • Roku streaming devices (7.1 and up)
  • Apple TV (4th-gen OS 10.0 and up)
  • Amazon Fire TV (all iterations)
  • Android TV (Android OS 4.4 and up)
  • iOS devices: free mobile app on iPad Mini, iPad 2, iPhone 5 or later, iPod Touch 4 or later, and on any device running iOS 7.0 or iOS 8.0
  • Amazon: Fire HD6 tablets and above
  • Android: free mobile app on phones and tablets running Android OS version 4.4 or later
  • Google Chromecast
  • Mac computers
  • Windows computers
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Can I watch PlayStation Vue at my friend’s/family’s house?
PlayStation Vue doesn’t work across multiple IP addresses, meaning you can’t log in from someone else’s device outside of your home.

It also tracks your ZIP code to make sure you’re in your home network—which is kind of a bummer, considering how easy it is to pull up something like Netflix on someone else’s TV.

How many devices will PlayStation Vue let me watch with at once?

With PS Vue, you’ll get a max of five simultaneous streams. That’s probably enough for your whole family. (Just be sure you have at least 30+ Mbps of internet bandwidth.)

Mobile devices using the PS Vue app will have some out-of-home network restrictions when you’re on the go and a couple other little rules (like no using two PS4s at once).

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Do I have good enough internet for streaming?
You don’t want to pay a monthly subscription fee only to have your streaming interrupted by a failing internet connection. If you’re looking for internet tips, see our guide to the best internet speed for streaming. We can help you find the best router too.

PlayStation Vue recap

In summary, PlayStation Vue is pretty cool.

We recommend PlayStation Vue for those looking to ditch cable and satellite TV providers in favor of a convenient, no-contract live TV option.

With PS Vue, you can do any of the following:

  • Watch live television at a cheaper price than traditional cable providers
  • Enjoy live sports through an intuitive interface and channel guide
  • Add channels and shows to your Favorites for quick access
  • Use up to five simultaneous streams
  • Record with the free DVR without worrying about setting times

PlayStation Vue offers straightforward plans and high-quality usability, two things missing from other streaming services. If you’re willing to pay a little more for convenience and a cable-like channel selection, you’ll like PS Vue. Sign up for a 5-day free trial here.

What about other streaming services?

If you want to go further in comparing PlayStation Vue to other streaming services, take a look at our best streaming services review.

The PS Vue plans are way more straightforward than the plans of other popular streaming services. Trying to figure out the differences between Sling Orange and Sling Blue or the channel lineups of DIRECTV NOW can be tricky.

What do you look for in a streaming service? Have you tried PS Vue before? Let us know in the comments!

Additional contributors

Jamie Mortensen

  • bgnjoe

    We’ve had Vue for almost a year. In that time, the service has gotten better in some respects and gone downhill in others. When we first got it, some of the shows recorded on the cloud DVR had buffering issues. Over time, that got better. Unfortunately, over time, we started having other problems with the DVR. My wife pretty much only uses it to watch a few shows on HGTV and Food network. It’s gotten to the point where it’s 50/50 as to whether or not it errs out on the DVR. We get an error message “native error,internal” and can’t watch the recorded show. On the bright side, they’re also available on demand. The problem with on demand on those channels is you can’t fast forward through commercials, which is the whole point of recording shows. Overall, I’m marginally satisfied. It is saving me $70 a month versus what I was paying for satellite (DirectTV), but if it doesn’t get better, will probably end up going back to satellite or cable. For whatever reason, the shows I record mainly on SyFy, AMC, Investigation Discovery, Science, etc., work fine, but if my wife isn’t happy, it’s not worth it.

  • anonymous

    After my last $608.00 bill from Direct tv I had, had more than enough, Done. After being a Direct Tv customer for 10 Years, that was it for me.

    I of course got bored after the first few days of not having live tv or any of my shows I normally watch So I went online to look for a different cable provider. I only had the XTRA pkg with Direct TV and after AT&T purchased the company my monthly bill somehow had skyrocketed to $250.00 a MONTH between the 5 tv boxes we had and the monthly rental fees, the surcharge fees, the tax, etc…It all became too much to continue. Who pays $250.00 a month for live tv that I only watched for 3-4 hours at the most at night time???? So after disconnecting service I came across this Live streaming Tv with Playstation Vue. I looked at the packages and could hardly beleive it. The Very first package the Acess pkg had EVERY single channel that both my husband and I, even our kids watch…All for $39.99 a month. No hidden fees, surcharges, equiptment costs, taxes…NONE of that…just a straight forward $39.99 a month. We already had 1- Playstation 3 console & 2- Playstation 4 consoles and we started service immediately that night. It is AMAZING. I have every single tv channel we watch, it’s normal live tv just like we had. We have unlimited DVR recording, On-Demand acess, On screen Tv Guide, etc…It’s unbeleivable. If I would have known about this sooner I would have terminated service with Direct TV a year ago…or whenever this first came out. It is Amazing. We are Literally saving $210.00 dollars A MONTH. And we couldn’t be happier with Playstation Vue Service. It is Great, the service, the channels, the price nothing short of Awesome. I dont know why anyone would still be paying the outrageous costs of satellite/Cable tv providers. We broke free!!! We are done…If you havent tried this yet I highly recommend it. If you dont have a Playstation…get a ROKU Box for anywhere between $30-$100 and you can then get playstation Vue immediately. Its a great service. We are NEVER going Back to Satellite/ Cable service & fees ever again.

  • joma

    I just signed up for a trial. I currently have pay for two live subscriptions (Directv Now and Sling TV Blue) just so I can get two channels I really need live – Fox News and NFL RedZone. But, RedZone season is over, and I’m growing more unhappy with the performance of Directv Now service. (I have plenty of bandwidth and no problems with Netflix, Hulu, Amazon, or Sling TV).

    PS Vue seems to have the perfect mix of channels for me, and I thought I could consolidate three of my existing subscriptions into this one. However…

    I’ll likely cancel before my trial ends and try out Hulu’s new LiveTV package. Here is why PS Vue just doesn’t impress me at all:
    1) they won’t take PayPal for monthly charges,
    2) activation process for AppleTV and Roku is a pain (although it is easy on the FireStick)
    3) as of today (Jan 7,2018), can’t get PS Vue to stream on any of my OSx browsers (Safari, FF, Chrome). Get closest with Firefox, but just spins. Get errors logging in (too many streams) on Safari and Chrome — I only have one friggin computer.
    4) this is minor, but I don’t care for the channel guide layout on the devices I can get the program running. This is something Directv Now has nailed.

    I will say I was impressed with PS Vue on paper, and liked the channels I could get with Core, with the option to add on RedZone during football season. Also, streaming performance my first day was stable.

  • VueReviewer

    Playstation Vue has been good – I have had it for about a year. The selection of channels is good but here are the drawbacks that I wish would improve:
    1. Navigating the channels isn’t that friendly especially after a recent major change to the layout.
    2. Shows will just disappear after being available for a while. This is very disappointing once you get into something.
    Finally, the most inconvenient part of all
    3. Constantly having to reactivate it. You have to do it from a computer AND you need your phone. It’s highly annoying when you just get home or get in bed and want to watch TV. You must log in from a computer then verify your sign in with your phone AND THEN enter a many digit (10 or so) code to activate. It’s not clear why and when you have to reactivate it but it seems more often than not and it’s aggravating every time…especially if you share this account with a household and not everyone has access to the same email and phones. This makes me want to find a new service.

  • http://www.annihilationgaming.com/index.html AnnihilationGaming™

    I have had PS Vue for about 3 years now, and it complete and utter garbage. Now I am not talking about the DVR or channel selection. The reason I say it is garbage , is because it constantly crashes or goes down. And the DVR rewind is garbage too. It’s been about 3 years and the only “local” channel I get is CBS. And that took literally forever. It seems like there more interested in adding more channels? Then actually fixing the stability of the app. In fact to this date I have rated PS Vue at one star. Because IF I could rate it a “point” on star. That’s what I would rate it. Perhaps it’s time I gave PS Vue a “no holds barred review” I also don’t like the fact half the time my DVR doesn’t play and the fact they have made shows on demand. So there is no point in DVR’ing them. I hate because you can’t skip commercials, you can thank Dish TV and the networks for that. Sure it’s bit cheaper then what I what I paid for cable, Dish and Direct TV. But the main fact remains, the app is total garbage. P.S. And you what really sucks the most. I just upgraded to Ultra. And what is with only having 28 days of DVR recording or having the show as a favorite. Why not a full 30? I have to restart the app or restore my licence through my PlayStation. Almost 3 years and it’s still junk.

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  • Aggravated Watcher

    Why does it go out in the middle of shows?! Drives me crazy, does it happen to anyone else?

  • Vue User

    I have been using Vue for a couple of years now, after getting infuriated by my DTV bill, combined with the loss of service when it rained. I love it, and would highly recommend. For us it has been the perfect solution, with all the channels we watch, and none of the garbage that is 75% of what you get with DTV.

  • Vue User

    I love PlayStation Vue. I have been using it for a couple of years now, since I was infuriated by DTV overcharging me for an inferior service. It has all the channels we watch for 30% of what we were paying. O would never go back to “boxes”, it’s simply a rip off. Highly recommend. I have never had an issue. I think the people who have problems perhaps have poor ISP’s, maybe AT&T which is garbage. Get new internet.

  • StopWastingOurTaxDollars

    Psvue has a deliberate bias against Fox News. Insulting viewers by running NBC ads almost every break. The disrupted the 5.7.18 Hannity brodcast by signal interference. Just watch and you will see. Consumers pay for services provided, psvue gets an “F” plus 2 cancelled accounts and a FCC complaint.

  • Adam Strait

    I set the DVR to record a rerun of the European Champions League final that was being broadcast at 4:30am so I could watch it when I got up. So I am watching the recording now and there is boxing on instead, has been for the last hour. No football. Not good enough. Canceling my service.

  • 2018whocares

    i just signed up for the free trial and i will see how it goes. i have my parents who are in the mid 60’s that live with me, so i need to make sure it’s parent friendly lol. i’m just trying to save money, between this and my cutting the cable package and uploading my internet speed i just may save $50 a month! and with this it looks like i get all my sports channels too? as in i don’t need a cable service provider to access them?

  • Alisa Pollock

    Will BET be coming back?