Hulu with Live vs. PlayStation Vue: Which is the Better Deal?




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Both Hulu with Live TV and PlayStation Vue are strong choices for those who want to cut the cord without losing live TV. In this post, we’ll compare the two to help you decide which streaming service is the best choice for you of the two.

Plans and Pricing

In the past few months, we’ve seen a lot of changes in the pricing of streaming services. That included Hulu and the company announced in a press release that they were changing things up to offer more content and more flexibility for viewers.

These are your options for a Hulu subscription:

  • Hulu $5.99/month
  • Hulu with No Ads $11.99/month
  • Hulu + Live TV $44.99/month

Hulu offers a 7 day free trial for all subscriptions.

Back in August 2018, PlayStation Vue had a $5 price hike as they worked to bring more channels to viewers. PlayStation Vue has a few different plan options to choose from. These are your options when you sign up:

  • Access $44.99/month
  • Core $49.99/month
  • Elite $59.99/month
  • Ultra $79.99/month

PlayStation Vue offers a 5 day free trial on each package, except for Ultra.

Channel and Price Comparison

For many cord cutters, getting the best value for the money is an important part of choosing the right streaming service. To help you see what you’ll be getting for your money, here’s a price per channel breakdown of the live TV options from Hulu and PlayStation Vue.

  • Hulu with Live has 67 channels for $44.99, coming in at 67 cents per channel
  • PlayStation Vue Access has 49 channels for $44.99, coming in at 92 cents per channel
  • PlayStation Vue Core has 76 channels for $49.99, coming in at 66 cents per channel
  • PlayStation Vue Elite has 97 channels for $59.99, coming in at 62 cents per channel
  • PlayStation Vue Ultra has 99 channels for $79.99, coming in at 81 cents per channel

Keep in mind that live streaming services will offer different local channels depending on your area, so the number of channels you get might vary slightly.

Both Hulu and PlayStation Vue have live and on-demand content available to stream. PlayStation Vue is set up to be more of a cable replacement, offering a guide that’s easy to flip through and plenty of variety in channels. Hulu has a stronger on-demand library, including Hulu Originals, perfect for catching up on episodes you’ve missed.

Add-On Channels

In addition to the channels offered through each plan, both Hulu and PlayStation Vue have add-ons available for an additional fee.

Hulu with Live TV

  • HBO for $14.99/month
  • Cinemax for $9.99/month
  • Showtime for $10.99/month
  • Starz for $8.99/month
  • Entertainment Add On for $7.99/month
  • Espanol Add On for $4.99/month

PlayStation Vue

  • Sports Pack for $10/month
  • FX+ for $5.99/month
  • Espanol Pack for $4.99/month
  • HBO for $15/month
  • Showtime for $10.99/month
  • Cinemax for $15/month
  • HBO + Cinemax for $21.99/month
  • Epix + Showtime for $13.99/month
  • Fox Soccer Plus for $14.99/month

Simultaneous Streaming

If you have family members who want to watch different shows and movies on separate devices, simultaneous streaming is probably an important factor in choosing a streaming service for you. Here’s how you can watch Hulu and PlayStation Vue.

Hulu with Live TV

  • Watch on up to 2 screens at the same time
  • You can upgrade to Unlimited Screens for $9.99/month
  • With Unlimited Screens, you can watch on up to 3 screens on the go

PlayStation Vue

  • Watch on up to 5 screens at the same time
  • Stream on up to 3 screens on the go

Cloud DVR Storage

We get a lot of questions about the DVR storage options on different streaming services. Here’s how Hulu and PlayStation Vue compare.

Hulu with Live TV

  • Your subscription comes with 50 hours of DVR storage
  • You can upgrade to Enhanced Cloud DVR with 200 hours of storage for $9.99/month
  • With Enhanced Cloud DVR, you can record multiple shows at once, fast forward, and watch recorded content anywhere

PlayStation Vue

  • “Unlimited” storage, allowing you to record up to 500 programs
  • Content is saved for up to 28 days

Which of these two streaming services do you prefer? Let us know in the comments!

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