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Playstation Vue drops Viacom Channels

It looks like Sling TV is currently back in the lead for best live streaming cable TV alternative. As of November 11th, PLayStation Vue has dropped all of it’s Viacom owned channels from it’s service.

According to a post on Sony PlayStation Vue’s blog Sony has “determined that removing the bundle of channels from Viacom is the best way for us to continue to offer the most compelling value to our fans.”

This removes about 20 channels channels in all from the Vue lineup. This includes BET channels, Centric, CMT channels, Comedy Central, Logo, MTV channels, Nickelodeon channels, Spike, Tr3s, TV Land and VH1. This will also remove any of these network’s shows recorded in Vue’s cloud DVR.

While it does little to offset the channels lost in the removal of Viacom owned content, Vue is adding BBC America, NBA TV, and Vice to their lineup. According to their blog they also indicate “more local broadcast stations from CBS and Fox coming soon.”

The loss of the Viacom channels has been updated on our Sling TV vs Playstation Vue channel page. With DirectTV planning to release DirectTV Now any day now, PlayStation Vue is at a severe disadvantage in the live TV streaming wars.

I’ve always viewed Sling TV and PlayStation Vue to be fairly even when it comes to content. PlayStation Vue may have had a slight advantage with their cloud based DVR. However, with the loss of so many channels, Sling TV seems like the clear choice between the two.

That said, there are still some channels that you can only find on PlayStation Vue. Therefore, I recommend looking into each service thoroughly before making your decision. Both channels offer free trials, so you can always take each for a test drive. Neither service forces you into a long term contract, so there is little risk to consumers making a choice they will regret.

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  • Dennis, The channels PS Vue removed really do not bother me so much. The Antenna and Roamio provide all the other TV I can handle.

    The main reason I dropped Sling and went with Vue was that Fox News and Fox Business are offered by Vue. I have sent them several messages pointing out that many of us would be willing to pay another $5 a month for these two channels. Perhaps they might look at the results of the election to help figure that out?

    All Sling needs to do to become Numero Uno in this market is to add Fox News and Fox Business Channels, in my humble opinion. But the DVR is a plus for Vue of course.

    I also am awaiting the DirectTV Now to take a look, but so far I have not seen mentioned the Fox News Channels either. Not offering them will also be a mistake! Please let us know what the latest rumors are for DTV Now.

  • I guess it all depends on what you watch. The loss of the Viacom channels on Vue matters not in our household. I started w/ Sling and had connection problems for too long (support was of NO help), and they have many channels I've never even heard of, let alone watch. Besides we still get Lifetime, A&E, Spike, and Comedy Central (and many others) on our Roku...without Sling or PS Vue...for FREE (XTV channel).