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Sling TV vs DIRECTV NOW vs PlayStation Vue: App Authentication Battle


Mid age woman sitting at tableOne of the big questions I get about live TV services is which services do each support authentication for. So we decided to do a head to head breakdown of what apps each service supports.

Now before we do that, let’s breakdown the limitations of each service.

Sling TV allows one to three streams per account depending on your plan. You can access these streams both inside and outside of your house, meaning you can use its mobile apps to get full access to the service.

PlayStation Vue supports five streams at once but only inside your house. You can use authenticated apps outside of the house.

DIRECTV NOW supports two streams both inside and outside of the house, meaning you can use its apps to access all the channels you pay for outside of your house.

So let’s take a look at what apps each service supports.

Sling TV App Authentication:

App authentication:
  • FOX NOW (Android TV, Amazon TV, iOS and XBOX 360 only)
  • FXNOW (Amazon Fire Stick, Amazon TV, Android, Android TV, iOS and XBOX 360 only)
  • WatchESPN
  • Bravo and SyFY (iOS, Android, Amazon Fire, Roku, Airplay, Apple TV, Xbox One)
  • Oxygen and NBC Universo ( iOS, Android, Amazon Fire, Airplay)
  • USANow (iOS, Android Mobile and Tablet, Amazon Fire, Apple TV, Roku, Airplay, Xbox One)
  • E! Now (iOS, Android Mobile and Tablet, Amazon Fire, Roku, Airplay Apple TV)
  • MSNBC Now (iOS, Airplay)
  • NFL Network (iOS, Android, Windows, Web, Xbox One, PlayStation, Apple TV, Roku)
Website authentication:
  • watchespn.com
  • fxnetworks.com
  • natgeotv.com
  • shahid.mbc.net
  • oxygen.com
  • bravotv.com
  • nbcuniverso.com
  • www.syfy.com
  • www.eonline.com
  • www.msnbc.com
  • www.nflnonline.nfl.com

PlayStation Vue App Authentication:

  • Adult Swim ([Adult Swim])
  • ABC
  • AMC (AMC Something More)
  • American Heroes Channel (AHC GO)
  • Animal Planet (Animal Planet GO)
  • BBC America
  • BeIn SPORTS
  • Bravo (Bravo Now)
  • Big Ten Network (BTN2GO)
  • Cartoon Network App
  • CNBC (CNBC.com)
  • CNN (CNN Breaking US & World News)
  • Cooking Channel  (Watch Cooking Channel)
  • Destination America (Destination America GO)
  • Discovery (Discovery GO)
  • Discovery Life (Discovery Life GO)
  • Disney Channel
  • Disney Junior
  • Disney XD
  • DIY (Watch DIY)
  • E! (E! Now)
  • WatchESPN (includes ESPN, ESPN2, ESPN3, ESPNews, SEC Network, SEC Network +, ESPN Bases Loaded, ESPN Goal Line, and ESPN Buzzer Beater)
  • Esquire (Esquire TV NOW)
  • Food Network (Watch Food Network)
  • Fox (FOX NOW)
  • FOX Business – Watch FOX Business
  • FOX News GO
  • FOX Sports (FOX Sports GO; includes FOX College Sports, FOX Sports 1, FOX Sports 2, FOX Sports Southwest, FOX Sports Florida, Sun Sports, FOX Sports Prime Ticket, FOX Sports West, FOX Soccer Plus, FOX Sports Southwest Plus, Yes Network, FOX Sports Arizona, FOX Sports Detroit, FOX Sports Midwest, FOX Sports North, FOX Sports South, FOX Sports Southeast, FOX Sports Deportes)
  • Freeform
  • FUSION TV
  • FX Now (includes FX, FXX, FXM)
  • Golf Channel (Golf Live Extra)
  • HBO (HBO NOW)
  • HGTV (Watch HGTV)
  • HLN (CNN Breaking US & World News)
  • IFC (IFC Always Slightly Off)
  • Investigation Discovery (Investigation Discovery GO)
  • MSNBC
  • Nat Geo TV
  • NBC
  • NBC News
  • NBC Sports Network (NBC Sports Live Extra)
  • NBC UNIVERSO (NBC UNIVERSO NOW)
  • NCAA March Madness Live (includes CBS, TBS, TNT, and TruTV)
  • NFL Network (Watch NFL Network and NFL Mobile)
  • One World Sports (Watch One World Sports)
  • OWN (Watch OWN)
  • Oxygen (Oxygen Now)
  • Science Channel (Science Channel GO)
  • SHOWTIME (SHOWTIME ANYTIME)
  • Sony Movie Channel
  • Sprout (Sprout Now)
  • Sundance (Sundance TV)
  • Syfy (SyFy Now)
  • TBS (WATCH TBS)
  • Telemundo (Telemundo Now)
  • TLC (TLC GO)
  • TNT (WATCH TNT)
  • Travel Channel (Watch Travel Channel)
  • truTV (Watch truTV)
  • Turner Classic Movies (Watch Turner Classic Movies)
  • USA (USA NOW)
  • Velocity (Velocity GO
  • WE (WE tv)

DIRECTV NOW App Authentication:

  • ABC
  • BTN2GO (Big Ten)
  • Bravo Now
  • Disney
  • Disney Jr.
  • Disney XD
  • E! Now
  • ESPN (WatchESPN)
  • FOX Now
  • Freeform
  • FX Now
  • HBO GO (requires premium subscription to HBO)
  • MAX GO (requires premium subscription to Cinemax)
  • MSNBC Now
  • NatGeo (currently unavailable on Apple iOS)
  • NBC
  • NBC Universo Now
  • NBC Golf
  • NBC Sports
  • Oxygen Now
  • Sprout Now
  • Syfy Now
  • Telemundo Now
  • USA NOW

All of these services offer a free trial, so why not give them a try and see what is right for you?

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  • Robert Schwartz

    I like the UI on Sling but Playstation Vue has FAR more app auth. so PSVue WINS !!!!!!!!

    • BrianInFL

      Agreed! Plus Sling has the worst customer service. Keep this also in mind, if you sign up for a free trial and forget to cancel by one hour, they will NOT refund you. They do not, in any way, issue refunds. Customer service, managers and their managers all tell you to enjoy you service until the end of your paid cycle. No thanks! WHen you sign up for Sling Trial, it goes by the TIME of day you sign up, so if you think you are going to cancel on the last day of the trial, it will bill you on the exact hour that you signed up at 7 days prior. I believe they get a lot of people fooled that way.

      • filmex

        That was one of the reasons we left Sling after a year for Vue. They are the Hotel California of streaming services–you can try and check out but you can never leave.

        Three times we attempted to end service only to get charged for an additional month, then told (in spite of their errors) there are no refunds, so we ended up having Sling three months longer than we wished or intended.

        • FREETELEVISION

          That happened to me as well. I went to my bank and told them SLING billed me erroneously. Bank reversed the charge.

        • Daniel Richards

          I subscribed to Sling on 2 separate occasions, never had any trouble cancelling either time, I would say you aren’t doing it right.

          • Same. I’ve subscribed twice and cancelled twice. Never had an issue with Sling’s customer service.

          • filmex

            When you use their automated online system and click “Unsubscribe” to a service…it then shows as unsubscribed until you leave the site and then it reverts back to a “Subscribed” basis, you speak to Sling reps and they acknowledge a number of people having trouble leaving the service, I would say it has nothing to do with us doing right or wrong.

            We spent three months doing nothing wrong except trying to depart. That Sling would not refund us and simply told us that charges could only be worked off via service, and not refunds, shows who is doing something wrong.

            And since we have left, we have spent the past year getting cutesy cards from Sling once a month dressed up as greeting cards–they don’t put Sling on the envelope that way you have to open the “card” to see where it came from.

            It has a sad dog or cat on the cover with the caption, “We miss you” and begging us to come back. Fat chance. They act like their refund dept. is run by grifters.

          • Daniel Richards

            in your scenario I probably would have went to the bank after the first month wasn’t refunded and filed a claim.

          • vikings football

            you’re right…they are not doing it right…during a free trial, i will know on the first day or two, if i will cancel or not…why would anyone wait til the last day of free trial?

          • Daniel Richards

            ONLY reason not to cancel after a day or two is if the service is like Hulu and cuts you off the second you cancel.

          • vikings football

            thats the thing, it only takes a day or two to know if u want to continue…and if u cancel, why would it upset u if they cut u off the second u cancel? u cancel bcuz its the serviceis not for u right? so why complain that ur cut off the second u cancel? i dont understand why some people make it so hard for themselves…then blame others.

      • Daniel Richards

        they refunded me when they where charging me monthly after I prepaid for 3 months, I’ve generally had a very good experience with Sling Customer Service, HELL OF A LOT BETTER then the useless drones at DTVNow twitter support, and lets be real, you had a WHOLE WEEK or more (depending on how you signed up) to decide to cancel your trial, if you waited till after it renewed then thats on you.

        • Brian @chatlegion.com

          You totally missed the point. You must work for Sling. 🙂

          • Daniel Richards

            So now MY PERSONAL EXPERIENCE with Sling, PlayStation Vue and DirecTV Now’s customer support (and I have dealt with all three in the last year) and saying I had the best support from Sling translates to me working for them, WHERE IS THAT LOGIC, that’s like saying “I’m white so I MUST be a racist” level kind of stupid.
            What I work for is simple LOGIC, YOU ALLOWED THE SERVICE TO RENEW WITHOUT CANCELLING BEFORE THE CUTOFF, that is on YOU, it’s not the COMPANIES fault YOU messed up, I wouldn’t expect Hulu, Netflix, CBS All Access, PlayStation Vue or DirecTV Now to refund you either if you did the same thing as it is clearly stated in the terms and conditions there are NO REFUNDS for “partial months”, this was NOT an issue of them charging you AFTER you cancelled (like the stories we’ve heard from folks that cancelled PlayStation Vue the DAY BEFORE the service was to renew and they still got charged) something like that is on the company to refund.

          • Brian @chatlegion.com

            Breath. it’ll be ok! 😉 Sling TV still sucks. Thank’s for your long winded bunch of bullshit. And I really appreciate the caps to stress certain points. *kudos*

          • StopYourCrying

            Daniel’s the same way in the PS Vue forum as he is here. Still cries and moans about Viacom constantly, and even though he no longer has Vue he hangs around the forum complaining.

          • Daniel Richards

            Stop YOUR CRYING, STOP CRYING, I’m ALLOWED TO HAVE AN OPINION and allowed to SHARE IT.

          • StopYourCrying

            I would say why don’t you grow up….but I guess once a troll always a troll

          • Daniel Richards

            Sling does have the weakest picture quality of the 3 and the new DVR is a joke and still 2 years later they don’t have the Discovery Networks, so there is definitely room for improvement in the service, I’m just saying the customer support has NOT been the weak point in my experience, especially when compared to the others. Oh and for the Record I am currently using DTVNow because it’s simply the ONLY service that has all the channels I watch and so I am constantly dealing with there CS trying to get answers as to when features will be restored.

          • vikings football

            yes…even after being in service for two years, sling still have some of the same issues.

          • EJ95835

            What’s the word I’m looking for? Troll? Bully?

          • filmex

            Our inability to unsubscribe from Sling after a year had nothing to do with a trial period or a partial month. It had everything to do with Vue becoming available on Roku and their having a bottomless DVR.

            We ‘unsubscribed’ online only to find after seeming to take, in reality it did not. We had Vue AND Sling for three months because that’s how long it took to get out. After two attempts online–with others having the same problem and Sling showing no aptitude to fix the problem–by month #3 I called and would only talk to a supervisor to make sure we were disengaged once and for all. Ridiculous–even the supervisor admitted as much.

          • Daniel Richards

            Interesting, I’ve not heard of this happening, when I cancelled the last time I knew I was cancelled because all the junk mail they started sending trying to get me back.

    • Daniel Richards

      Never was that big a fan of the Sling interface, I prefer the more traditional guide myself, unless you are on a Roku I never understood why people disliked the Vue interface, sure some of the lines are pointless, but you never need to scroll down to them, just hop into the guide and select your show and hop to your My Shows and select your DVR from there.

    • Bruce Wayne

      Sling’s interface is trash.

  • BrianInFL

    Be very very careful with the Trial’s. Many people will sign up for a trial and cancel on the last day to test it out fully. Sling has the worst customer service. They also use the hour of the day when you sign up. So if you sign up for your free trial at 7am at work on a monday. You will be billed for a full month of service 7 days later at 7am exactly. Most people would assume you would get to fill out the day. I called 1 hour after that deadline and they refused a refund. I talked to customer service, a manager of customer service and his manager. Sling DOES NOT offer refunds. Even after explaining that it was unusable on my system.. they blamed my 100mb/s down, 12mb/s up connection. Right! All of them said “please enjoy your service until the end of your paid cycle”

    My VOTE: Playstation Vue has been the best experience with the most streams at once. I have 4 TV’s in my house all using the service at the same time, which leaves me a 5th to use on a TV out by the pool during a game. I use the service on the latest Amazon Firestick which works great.

    FALSE: PlayStation Vue supports five streams at once but only inside your house.
    I use it at work and in my car all the time using my OnStar WiFi. There are a few channels that restrict mobile access, but I get almost the entire lineup away from home.

    • Bruce Wayne

      Yeah. I get most channels outside the home on Vue.

      • vikings football

        i get “ALL 100 channels @ 35/mo” away from home network with DirectvNow…the best deal ever

  • mau47

    I think this list would work much better as a grid. That way you can easily compare the three services side by side. Similar to what CNET does here for app availability: https://www.cnet.com/news/what-you-can-watch-on-the-new-apple-tv-vs-roku-vs-fire-tv-vs-chromecast/

  • Richard smith

    Vue has the most authentication apps and they are the only ones with a dvr. Sounds like Vue for the win.

    • Daniel Richards

      they also LACK History, FYI, A&E, Comedy Central and all the other channels from Viacom and A&E Networks, so not a total win when they are missing half the channels I want.

      • Richard smith

        Viacom, now there’s a company with a future.

        • Daniel Richards

          maybe so but it has shows I watch and the competition carries it where Vue screwed us over and dropped it with only 3 days notice (while still charging the same amount of money), I lost ALL faith in Vue to keep my channels when they removed 20% of the lineup from the Access Package with only 3 days notice (I used to speak the high praises of Vue), I even have about a dozen “tips and tricks” videos on Youtube for how to use Vue, but they pissed me off with that 3 days notice crap and I told them where to shove it.

          • Richard smith

            Or Viacom backed out of a deal at the last minute demanding more money. Look at their negotiating history.

          • Daniel Richards

            I HAVE looked at there negotiating history and when they where in talks with Dish Network this time last year, Dish had warning bars running across the screen telling customers that if a deal could not be reached the channels would be removed from the service and that was for WEEKS before the cutoff date (not less then 3 days) and talks of the negotiations had been started back in like August of 2015 so that was a deal 6 months + in the making, Sony did not disclose they where in talks, did not give ANY warning that they where in negotiations, just BAM the channels are going in under 3 days, I know this was likely due to Viacom wanting to much money, I’m just saying Sony could have and SHOULD HAVE warned there customers that it might happen the way Dish did.

          • Nathan John Ganiere

            thing that gets me to this day, they’ve added very little since, and never adjusted pricing, for what you get it’s a ripoff in my book even with the DVR

          • Daniel Richards

            exactly, the lack of price adjustment for the percentage of channels dropped just tells me they wanted to drop them so they could increase there profit margin and at this point Sling actually has more of the Networks I watch and is cheaper, I’m dealing with DTVNow because they are the only service that actually has ALL the networks I watch.

          • Nathan John Ganiere

            would use DTVNow if it performed decent which it does not, unacceptable, has just gotten worst……last time I tried it was simply unusable, and buffering like a mad cow, and changing resolution left and right and when it did, buffer each time, found this out through diagnostics on firetv, and yes I’ve reset router and modem and done everything I could think of with network…….Sling just works best for me not many issues at all, buffers rarely, more likely to just drop the stream and just have to reload than anything else and even that is maybe once or twice a week only, might be missing 5 channels I wish they had, give or take one here and there, but quite frankly nothing I can’t live without either……….

          • Daniel Richards

            yeah, the first 2 months where hell, then the third month was spent at that crappy resolution (but at least the buffering was minimal for the second half of the crappy resolution month), with only the last 2 weeks being at the proper resolution and have had a few buffering issues since the return of the higher resolution, I really wish some company out there could just get it right, it shouldn’t be this hard.

          • UberCrew

            Directv Now streams perfectly fine for me. If only they would add DVR, a more complete On-Demand library and an Android TV app they would blow Vue & Sling TV out of the water. Vue & Sling TV are missing way too many basic channels for me to take them seriously.

          • Richard smith

            So you’d rather have WEEKS before notice into a year contract than 3 days before into a months no contract. See how much it would cost you to cancel dish.

          • Nathan John Ganiere

            Sony should of adjusted their prices accordingly and issued refunds though, if even partial……..crappy business in my book, use to be big on Sony for everything, not so much any more……..

          • Nathan John Ganiere

            same experience, the 3 day notice without any refund broke the straw for me…………

          • Daniel Richards

            I fought tooth and nail, as soon as I heard about the removal of the networks I immediately cancelled then after a day or 2 to cool off, I went to chat support and demanded a refund due to this breach of contract, because to me thats what it was, I PAID to have access to the channels offered at the time my payment went through, if they could not supply them then they are in breach of the agreed upon deal, I may have also threatened some FCC or Lawsuit type things over the issue, ultimately I got my refund for that month, but they generally tried to keep people by offering them Showtime for like a dollar for the year or something like that. This is much the same as I am dealing with in regards to DTVNow and there 2 and a half month lack of 72 Hour Rewind, I’ve already gotten one month refunded and I need to talk to them again to see how else I can be compensated for not having a feature the service was sold with when I bought it, a feature I actually used several times a week.

          • Bruce Wayne

            “and demanded a refund due to this breach of contract”

            Stop being overdramatic. There is no contract.

          • ccccc

            yeah, talk about first world problems

          • Daniel Richards

            YES THERE IS, IT’S just 1 MONTH at a time. KNOW YOUR RIGHTS, don’t let companies screw you over.

      • ccccc

        Viacom is at fault. They are trying to bring back the ‘glory days’ and severely limit streaming services, and mostly only allowing their shows to be shown on traditional cable.

        • Daniel Richards

          STILL Sony could have better informed there customers and not have waited till the last freaking second.

    • EJ95835

      SlingTV provides Cloud DVR up to 50 hours.

      • Richard smith

        Sling 50 hrs for $5 vs Vue unlimited for free

        • mau47

          Isn’t Vue limited by time though? I thought they had a 28 day age limit or something like that?

          • Richard smith

            Yes and no. If something re airs it will extend the time. I have some movies that have ben there for a year.

          • filmex

            I’m the same. I have movies in there virtually year round. And there have been times when I have recorded virtually every movie on TCM during a week. When I had DirecTV and their $125/mo service with DVR, I could never do that because of continual capacity limitations.

            Sling and DTVN have no incentive to offer a capable DVR–that’s the cash cow of their satellite businesses and they have no interest in people dropping their $125/DVR packages to run to streaming. They won’t cannibalize their businesses which pay the bills, which is why their DVRs will always be a day late and a dollar short.

            Why did Sling have a two year jump on everyone yet only get a DVR recently, pitiful as it is, when Vue forced them into it. If DTVN and Sling had their way, you’d never get a DVR.

          • PaperCoyote

            Both Vue and Sling are good services that are targeted at different demographics. When Dish first came up with the idea for Sling in 2009 it was to go after “cord nevers”. They don’t have a regular guide because their studies showed that a Netflix like interface was more important to cord nevers. They didn’t launch with a DVR because studies have shown that the DVR was important to people 35 and older and that younger people cared more about on-demand content.

            Sling had crappy deals cut with Disney because nobody had faith that the service would take off. When it did Sony quickly went about launching their service aimed directly at the older audience that wants more sports and a DVR. They also went with cable like tiered packages and a time limited 500 show DVR. They were able to get over 100,000 people to cut the cord (latest numbers) and jump ship from traditional cable. Sling with their pseudo al-a-carte pricing has been able to grab over 1 million cord nevers/cutters.

            I say they are both doing a great job of giving people options. Sony is great for people that like to replicate cable without the fuss and hassle. It is a great service. Sling is for people that don’t want to pay for channels they don’t watch. and they have an optional DVR. Sling, too, is a great service. There is no service that is the best. There is only the service that is best for you. Luckily both of these service exist to give us choices and lead the way for other services to follow.

          • UberCrew

            None of the current OTT services works for me. Each one has too many drawbacks. So I am sticking with Comcast until one of these OTT services matures enough to offer a true alternative.

          • StopYourCrying

            Yes, but Sling’s automatically deletes your programs when it gets full. That can equate to a lot less time than 28 days. I use Vue’s DVR like Netflix. I record tons of shows (including older ones like Seinfeld and MASH) and then go back and pick choose what episodes I want to watch. I am WAAAAAY over 50 hrs of recorded material……

        • Nathan John Ganiere

          in all honesty it’s not really free the DVR with VUE, it’s built into the pricing of their packages in my opinion cause even if you add the $5 in with Sling it’s still comparable price wise with what VUE offers…………

          • Daniel Richards

            still if we are paying the extra 5 bucks in both scenarios (which is the way Sling is trying to spin this) shouldn’t we get the same level of DVR at least?

          • Nathan John Ganiere

            well agree, but I guess what one company does, another doesn’t do………

          • Nathan John Ganiere

            do agree with one thing though 50 hours is rather week, should be at least 200 or 250 to give ya a week at least to decide if you want to watch your stuff, not just 2 or 2 and a half days or whatever, pretty much what it has been, that amount of time, and it’s full, deleting and replacing episodes……….

          • Richard smith

            Core slim with Vue is $35 vs Orange and Blue is $40 + $5 dvr which is cheaper.

          • Nathan John Ganiere

            I pay $20 for BLUE being a former beta tester and could care less about paying $20 more for only Disney and ESPN basically, so $25 for that and DVR with some wiggle room to add a couple addons if I want to make up to the $35 for me, better deal in my book……….more than enough for me…………

          • Jason Becker

            Which the vast majority can’t do. We compare the real world choices customers have. Not something a tiny fraction of,users got.

          • UberCrew

            Yeah great for those who are offered the Slim packages. Here we are not. The Core package is $44.99 here. Not that I would bother subscribing to it since Vue is missing, all the A&E family of channels along with all the Viacom channels and quite a few others. If a service can’t offer a full selction of basic channels it’s not worth my time.

          • Bruce Wayne

            Vue Core Slim is $30 for me.

          • Richard smith

            Isn’t that Access slim

          • Bruce Wayne

            Sorry, I meant Access. You’re right.

          • Jason Becker

            Uh no, Vues base package has a far better channel selection and every channel offers app login which SlingTV doesn’t. No comparison IMO unless saving a few bucks is all you care about.

        • EJ95835

          You just contradicted your previous statement that only Vue has DVR capabilty. By the way, nothing in life is free. Including the 100 – not unlimited – hours. Please check your alternative facts before posting.

          • Richard smith

            What are you talking about Vue does NOT charge extra for a Dvr. Vue has had a Dvr for almost 2 years before Sling . Do your research!

          • EJ95835

            You originally wrote “Vue has the most authentication apps and they are the only ones with a dvr.” Wrong, SLINGTV has a DVR too. Which I pointed out. Then you came back with your price comparison. You must have done your research.

            AND NOTHING IN LIFE IS FREE! How old are you, 12?

          • Richard smith

            They didn’t have a Dvr when I posted that in a different article only in Beta, and yes it is FREE with the service not $5. Again do your research before posting.

          • Richard smith

            I wrote that when the Sling Dvr wasn’t released. I would suggest asking your mommy before you can use her computer.

    • StopYourCrying

      Vue has been pretty amazing. Unlimited cloud dvr, my locals for ABC/CBS/NBC/FOX, my local sports with CSN Philly, no buffering or outages, and as you said, by far the most authentication apps. I’m not a fan of the Viacom channels, I just wish they had The Weather Channel.

    • vikings football

      a win for u…a lose for me..no discovery channels and no A&E network channels, thats a dozen of channels that i watch the most.

  • Ottis DA Da aD

    Technically as a FYI for Sling TV, it shows up to 4 streams if you have the Orange + Blue package. The Blue channels in the guide count as 3 streams & the Orange duplicate channels count as an additional 1 Stream according to Sling. Just to clarify it further for the 4th stream you have to watch one of the duplicate channels in the Orange package at the end of the guide or just watch one of the Disney owned channels as you’re 4th stream since its not included in the blue.

    • PaperCoyote

      And technically Vue is only three devices unless you also view on a PS3/PS4 those device count as number 4 and 5. If you have 5 Android devices in your house you can only watch on 3. For those wondering it is listed on the FAQ section on supported devices on Vue’s webpage.

      • Richard smith

        Not true I’ve, done 2 Fire tv’s, pc, tablet and phone at the same time. The limits are for 3 mobile at a time

        • PaperCoyote

          Cool. Thanks for the clarification. There are only two people in my house so I have never hit a limit with any of these services but someone on another board was complaining about this.

  • @lphaConsumer

    I’ve been able to authenticate WatchESPN with Vue, but I keep getting the “You are not authorized to view this content” when trying to watch Sports Center and most of the other content on WatchESPN.

  • BklynIlluminati

    Really wish Microsoft would get onboard with this, as a Xbox fan and primary user of Xbox would love integrated access like PS4 has. Or maybe team up with with one of the other services to make a integrated option like having Sling not so much as an app but integrated into the TV app like my Hauppauge OTA TV tuner does. That would be a dream scenario. One thing I do find as a Sling user is that app access is actually better to use than using the actual Sling in app On Demand access. Sling does live TV really well but when it comes to accessing channel on demand material is tedious. The way to access the library has really bad UI and is slow and often that is where the tech issues pop up like buffering or not even being available at all. Plus I can’t put my finger on it but when i watch HBO on demand through Sling app vs. going to the HBO app the picture quality is just not quite up to snuff. I find myself removing the premium channels from Sling and going straight to HBO, Starz, etc for access or going to Amazon an adding it to my Prime video where the UI is great and the quality is better and faster.

  • Tinger12

    I never understood the app login deal. If you sub to Sling you can watch anything anywhere (except locals which change depending upon your IP). Most of the channels have recent back episodes also which can be watched anywhere. If you want whole seasons, then buy them or go to Netflix or Hulu or the channels that offer them for a price. I have tried all three and have gone back to Sling. The interface is horizontal instead of vertical like a basic grid. You just gets used to it and most people can accomplish something so simple. The DVR is basic and will have a pool of hours (it is still in Beta, the $5 for 50hrs is a paid beta not a released product). You can also keep the recordings for as long as you are subbed. Even when they launch channel previews and you record something, it stays with your account (yes I am in the Roku beta).

    Vue is great for households who need multiple streams at one time. They are very cable-like with the buy in to the TV-anywhere infrastructure. The 28 day limit to the “psudo-DVR” was nothing to conder a feature to me. It felt more llke an on demand product and not a DVR. But since I didn’t use it much I may not have figured out its value. Direct TV Now was a mess in my 3 months. No DVR or previous episodes (though they may bring it back soon) and the most cable like of them all. It is also expensive if you didn’t jump in right away or cancelled due to their initial issues.

    As for picture quality, I am an old fart with crappy eyes (and getting worse). I grew up with B&W TV and the conversion to color. I survived the TV tube era with 3-4 stations. I am getting very acceptable picture for my needs so I will not judge for others. Sling works for me. I have cancelled and signed up to Sling at least four different times and never had an issue. Obviously others have. But I won’t rate the customer service as I’ve never had to contact them on any of the three services (DTVN was painful but it was for everyone).

    I am one who doesn’t want cable. I want as few channels/services as I need for the shows/channels I watch. Having 50-100+ channels doesn’t seem to be much more than what I left with Comcast.

    Each service offers features and benefits the others don’t you need to decide. But by using blanket statements like “Sling sucks” or “VUE stinks” means nothing.