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The Ultimate Guide to PlayStation Vue


The Basics

PlayStation Vue is a live TV streaming service from Sony, available in the United States. Users can use the monthly subscription to stream live TV, record shows and movies to watch later, and access on demand content. The good news is you don’t need to own a PlayStation to use the PlayStation Vue streaming service.

An easy to use guide allows you to scroll through current listings to choose what you want to watch. You’ll also have the option to use a Catch Up feature, giving you access to shows and movies that aired up to three days earlier, through the guide. (Note that the Catch Up option isn’t available for all channels or all programming.) Many shows are also included in an on demand option.

The PlayStation Vue interface is very user friendly. Those who are not using a Roku or Apple TV can use the Explore option to search for programming based on genre, length of the content, age range, and what’s popular among viewers.

With a PlayStation Vue account, you can stream content on up to five devices simultaneously. Only one PS3 and two PS4 devices can be streaming simultaneously, and only three mobile devices can be streaming simultaneously.

Like most subscription services, the streaming content includes advertisements, set up as regular commercial breaks.

Key Features

With so many streaming options available, what sets PlayStation Vue apart?

Like other services, PlayStation Vue allows multiple user accounts. Unlike others, with this service, you can create up to ten separate profiles. Each profile can then be customized to individual preferences, including favorite channels, recommendations, and DVR controls.

The My Shows feature makes it easy to ensure that you’ll never miss an episode of your favorite shows. Add your favorites to the list in your profile and all episodes that air will be saved for up to 28 days.

The amount of local content being streamed is another big draw for many users. In an effort to be set apart from other services by offering local channels in as many areas as possible, Sony is scooping up more local affiliates everyday.

Supported Devices

 PlayStation Vue doesn’t require a PlayStation for viewing. The service works with the following devices:

Pick a Package

 Playstation Vue has four packages available. Each has a five day free trial period, followed by a monthly fee with no annual contract. Choose from these four options:

Access

  • $39.99/month
  • Popular live TV channels, including ABC, Bravo, TBS, TLC, and ESPN
  • Best for those who want the basics

Core

  • $44.99/month
  • Popular live TV channels
  • Additional sports content, including NFL Network, MLB Network, and regional sports
  • Best for those who love sports

Elite

  • $54.99/month
  • Popular live TV channels
  • Additional sports content
  • Additional TV and movie channels, including Disney Junior, Boomerang, and Sprout
  • Best for families with kids

Ultra

  • $74.99/month
  • Popular live TV channels
  • Additional sports content
  • Additional movie channels
  • Premium channels, including HBO and Showtime
  • Best for those who want premium content and recent movies

With each package, you’ll also have the option to add standalone channels and bundles, for an additional monthly fee. Standalone channels include HBO, Showtime, HBO Max, Showtime and EPIX Hits, Fox Soccer Plus, Machinima, and Hi-Yah! Bundles include  EPIX Hits, Espanol Pack, and a Sports Pack.

Recent Updates and Drawbacks

In an effort to compete with other big names in content streaming, PlayStation Vue has been focusing recent updates on adding more content. The addition of new standalone and bundle packs have made it easier for users to personalize their accounts with content they want. Adding local stations has been a priority for the service, bringing more content to specific regions.

Sony has recently updated its location technology, making location specific programming more accurate. The change was most likely in an effort to get local channels in order while the service is working to quickly add more local content.

While there are plenty of benefits to choosing the PlayStation Due service, there are still some areas that could be improved. The most obvious is that not all features are available on all devices. For example, those using an Apple TV don’t have access to the Explore feature for searching content. Those using a Roku also don’t have access to the Explore feature, and can’t use the guide to search either. While most features are available when watching on a TV, mobile devices won’t support all of the Vue features.

Local content isn’t available everywhere yet, so some content will be blacked out for some users. Local content is a major selling point for the service, so that could be a deal breaker for some users. A free trial will quickly show you what content you’ll receive and where the gaps might be for your area.

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  • Deon Hamner

    I like Vue. Great for sports but not having the Viacom channels and constant changes on a whim was too much. Think they should change name to Sony Vue from PlayStation.

  • Cinnie Maer Crockett

    Thank you Luke. Loving PS Vue. Fortunately, the explore feature is available on the iPhone & iPad, so I can do my exploring that way. It is an excellent feature.

  • Michael Smith

    Vue has lost a number of channels in the last year and have not updated their roku Platform (it sucks!). Vue needs to add the A&E Network channels to make their service a better deal over the other services. Once DTVN adds the NFL Network/Redzone, VUE will be left I the dust.

    • Carl Collie

      I agree but the same could be said for the other services, Sling does not have Discovery or Fox News, DirectTV is a lot more expensive for a similar level of channels (unless you got in on the early bird promo). Each service is missing some channels, so you need to decide what is the most important and select accordingly. I never watch Viacom channels, I would like the History channel but overall Vue is the best option for me.

    • Lynnneez

      I doubt it. DTVNOW still has performance issues and their interface e is just awful and of course the biggest deal breaker is lack of dvr. I know they are working on it, but its not there now. I don’t think any additional channels can make up for that, especially when those channels are already available on PSVue and with multiscreen to boot. Why would anyone change to DTVNOW., Also, I guarantee their dvr will be limited to 50 or 100 hours, which is not enough. On Sling I am constantly having to manage my dvr due to the lack of space same with Hulu.

      The only reason I still have dtvnow is because I got in the $35 deal. Without that I would never sign back up again. I log in on occasion but it literally has an issue each time and nothing I want to watch is there as it’s only real time.

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  • Vegas Steve

    IIRC, Vue also has more authentication apps than any other streamer. I don’t understand why sites don’t mention the difference between Vue’s 60fps vs. SlingTV 30fps. Regular TV is ok at 30fps but sports are not. I really like the channels, price and interface of SlingTV, but my eyes hurt after trying to watch sports. Since I’m streaming mainly for football, I’m going to have to suck it up and go with Vue over Sling.

    • Daniel Richards

      hands down Vue wins for the number of apps, but they kinda have to be due to the whole “home location” thing preventing you from using Vue on anything but a mobile device when not at home, so you need the app access to use your streaming box when traveling.

  • Chris Zook

    The ability to use PS Vue login credentials to access content on every app available for channels in your Vue package is a HUGE bonus and separates it from many other OTT live TV services. Also, the DVR function that doesn’t limit which shows can be recorded and fast-forwarded (without additional fees) is another advantage for Vue. I can’t imagine PAYING for DVR functionality and not being able to record certain channels.

    On another note, the device list in this article is incomplete. It doesn’t include PS3, PS4, Sony smart TVs, and web browser support. I highlight the latter because due to an update either on Vue’s end or Windows 10, the web browser app (using MS Edge) is now working flawlessly *knocks on wood*. Previously, I had a lot of problems with rebuffering and freezes that made Vue unwatchable on my laptop, which is powerful enough to smoothly stream anything Netflix or Amazon Prime can throw at it.

  • @lphaConsumer

    Has anyone else experience a significant lag in response to navigation of Playstation Vue? It takes 2-3 seconds to respond to any button I press on my remote or mobile app. I’m using a Fire Stick and I don’t have problems with any other apps.

    • Barry Karnes

      My Fire Stick is slow too. It’s about 2 years old. Nature of the beast.

  • Robert Schwartz

    Like Vue but it needs to have Fox Sports north for Brewer and Wild games. Hate paying extra for Sling and Vue so I have all channels I need.

  • carl_steve

    A more detailed list of supported devices can be found on the Vue FAQ page.

    https://www.playstation.com/en-us/network/vue/faq/supported-devices-and-set-up/#supported-devices

    The FAQ page also covers a lot of other subjects. As for using Vue on a computer, I haven’t tried it with Internet Explorer (which apparently is on its way out), but Vue works well under Firefox (Windows) and Safari (iMac). In my opinion, the richest user experience is on the PS4 game console, as it has the most features. A game console probably isn’t the right choice for everyone, but it suits my needs perfectly. I use my PlayStation consoles for Netflix and other streaming services. I also use them for playing CDs, DVDs, and Blu-ray. My PS3 and PS4 are the only devices I have that support Blu-ray.