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PlayStation Vue Channels and Review

The Sony PlayStation Vue was launched in March 2015  as a service that would allow subscribers to stream many cable networks over the internet without requiring a cable TV subscription. While the service experienced some hiccups initially, over the years it has grown into an effective cord cutting solution.

It’s been some time since I revisited the Vue, so I think it’s time I wrote an updated review of the channels, features, and pricing of PlayStation Vue.

PlayStation Vue Channels

Vue offers many top pay TV channels along with local broadcast channels in quite a few markets. In markets without live broadcast feeds for ABC, CBS, FOX, and/or NBC, VUE makes On-Demand available for the top programming on those networks.  You can check to see what is available by entering your zip code on their channel page. Below is a summary of their more affordable channel packages and what is available on them.

Access  Bundle:  $39.99 per month will provide you with ABC On Demand, Fox On Demand, NBC On Demand, AMC, Animal Planet, BBC America, Bravo, Cartoon Network, CNBC, CNN, Decades, Destination America, Discovery, Disney Channel, Disney Junior, Disney XD, E!, ESPN, ESPN2, Food Network, Fox Business, Fox News, Freeform, FS1, FS2, FX, FXX, HGTV, HLN, ID, MSNBC, National Geographic, NBCSN, Own, Oxygen, Pop, Science, Syfy, TBS, Telemundo, TLC, TNT, Travel, TruTV, USA, and WE.

Core Slim Bundle:  $44.99 per month will give you everything in “Access Slim” plus beIN Sports, BTN (Big 10 Network), CSN, CSN Plus, ESPN News, ESPN U, Golf Channel, SEC Network, Sundance TV, and NFL Network.

There is also an Elite Slim bundle priced at $54.99 a month that offers over 100 channels, but I think that’s getting a little too far outside the spirit cord cutting. I won’t even get into the Ultra package at $74.99.

You can also purchase a sports add-on package for an additional $10 per month. This includes channels like NBC regional sports, NFL RedZone and more. There are also standalone channels available like Showtime,  Fox Soccer Plus, Machinima, and Epix Hits.

PlayStation Vue Features

Below is a list of features available when subscribing to PlayStation Vue

  • Supports Most Streaming Devices
  • Cloud DVR
  • On-Demand Programming
  • Watch 5 Streams at Once
  • Supports a number of TV Anywhere Apps

I go into detail on many of these features throughout the rest of the article.

PlayStation Vue Devices

Many assume watching Vue requires a PlayStation. This is not the case. PlayStation Vue is supported by the following devices:

  • Roku
  • Amazon Fire TV
  • PlayStation consoles (PS 3 and higher)
  • Google Chromecast (1st gen and up)
  • Nvidia Shield
  • Apple TV® (4th gen running tvOS 10.0 and up)
  • Android TV (Android OS 4.4 and up)
  • iOS devices (iPad Mini 1st Gen or later, iPad 2 or later running iOS 8.0, iPhone 5 or later, iPod Touch 4th Gen or later)
  • Android (Android phones and tablets running Android OS version 4.4 or higher)
  • Amazon Fire HD6 tablets and above

You can also watch on the web at psvue.com/watch (most recent versions of Chrome, Firefox, Safari and Microsoft Edge, as well as previous “ever-green” versions. PlayStation Vue on the web requires Flash Player.)

PlayStation Vue Cloud DVR and On-Demand

Vue is a service designed to replace cable TV. The service delivers various channels live and on demand. It even lets you record shows in a “Cloud DVR” and view shows on multiple TVs around the house from one account. With packages starting at $39.99 with no box rental fee, it’s priced a bit on the high side. However, it is still much cheaper than cable TV.

Programs recorded to DVR can be watched both in and out of your home network. Outside your home network, you can also view your “My Shows library” and add programs to My Shows. Any “On Demand” show added to your My Shows library will additionally be available for out-of-home viewing. Other features and functionality may vary by device.

Keep in mind that some programming may not be available on-demand due to licensing rights. This is also true when it comes to using the DVR. Some content providers do not allow their content to be recorded over streaming services. However, the vast majority of channels and programs allow you to record programs to the Cloud DVR.

PlayStation Vue TV Anywhere

Ther are numerous individual channel apps that require a pay-TV login in order for you to use them. These are referred to as “TV Anywhere” apps. PlayStation Vue supports the following TV Anywhere Apps:

  • Adult Swim
  • ABC
  • AMC (AMC Something More)
  • American Heroes Channel (AHC GO)
  • Animal Planet (Animal Planet GO)
  • BBC America
  • Bravo (Bravo Now)
  • Big Ten Network (BTN2GO)
  • Cartoon Network App
  • Cine Sony
  • CNBC (CNBC.com)
  • CNN
  • 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, ESPNU, SEC Network, SEC Network +, ESPN Bases Loaded, and ESPN Goal Line)
  • Food Network (Watch Food Network)
  • FOX (FOX NOW)
  • FOX Business
  • Fox News
  • FOX Sports (FOX Sports GO; includes FS1, FS2, FOX College Sports, FOX Sports Deportes, FOX Soccer Plus, FOX Sports Arizona, FOX Sports Detroit, FOX Sports Florida, FOX Sports Midwest, FOX Sports North, FOX Sports Prime Ticket, FOX Sports South, FOX Sports Southeast, FOX Sports Southwest, FOX Sports Southwest Plus, FOX Sports West, Sun Sports, and Yes Network)
  • Freeform
  • FUSION (FUSION TV)
  • FX Now (includes FX, FXX, FXM)
  • Golf Channel (Golf Live Extra)
  • Hallmark (Hallmark Channel Everywhere)
  • HBO (HBO NOW)
  • HLN (via the CNN app)
  • HGTV (Watch HGTV)
  • IFC (IFC Always Slightly Off)
  • Investigation Discovery (Investigation Discovery GO)
  • MLB Network (MLB.com)
  • MLB Network Strike Zone (MLB.com)
  • MSNBC
  • Nat Geo TV
  • NBC
  • NBC News
  • NBC Sports Regional Networks (NBC Sports)
  • UNIVERSO (UNIVERSO NOW)
  • NCAA March Madness Live (includes CBS, TBS, TNT, and TruTV)
  • NESN (NESNgo)
  • NFL Network (Watch NFL Network and NFL Mobile)
  • NFL RedZone (Watch NFL Network and NFL Mobile)
  • OWN (Watch OWN)
  • Oxygen (Oxygen Now)
  • Science Channel (Science Channel GO)
  • SHOWTIME (SHOWTIME ANYTIME)
  • Sony Movie Channel
  • Universal Kids
  • 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 Network (USA NOW)
  • Velocity (Velocity GO
  • WE (WE tv)

Signing Up for PlayStation Vue

You can check if service is available in your area on the PlayStation Vue website. If it is and you want to take advantage of the content Vue has to offer, you will need a supported device. Obviously, you don’t need to worry about this if you have a PlayStation 3 or 4. Otherwise, I recommend getting a Roku or Amazon Fire TV and using the Vue App.

All that is left is signing up for PlayStation Vue and picking the bundle you want.

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  • PlayStation View, like regular cable seems to have an abundance of channels that I wouldn't watch, yet would have to pay for. In addition they offer the major networks which most people can get with a good antenna.
    I do like the Cloud storage though. Keep up the good work Dennis.

    • Thanks Barbara. I agree with you. It is very much like cable, but over the internet. Its not for everyone.

  • Well, this was great news! I now have a use for our little-used Christmas PS4... I signed up for Vue last evening and it's terrific especially since I have trouble keeping a good signal from my inside antenna. That's my next challenge ;-)

  • We live in a rural area of Birmingham, ALabama. I would really like this since Direct TV has had us by the throat for years. Can we get this and if so what do we need to connect?

    • Just get yourself an Amazon Fire TV. It's linked in the post. You can run the PlayStation Vue service on it.

  • WE enjoy the Hallmark channel, Lifetime, a&E , and Fox News, also we record the Waltons, Little House, Frazier, ect.. Would love to have Chicago Hope. We watch Abc News and Fox News local also. I love to watch the local shows on ABC and we love to watch Wheel of Fortune on ABC nightly. What can we get that will afford these stations, also my husband loves football and Nascar races. What can we get that will supply all these? Cable is breaking us. Please help!!

    • I would give the Vue a shot. It sounds like it provide a lot of what you watch. The best part of all these services is they don't lock you into a contract, so you can experiment and see if it works.

  • The Core Slim package ($34.99/mo) lists Fox Sports Networks as one of the channels. Wonder if this is an option for local MLB games?

    • It depends on who holds the local broadcast rights. If you have trouble getting the games, check out this post on watching baseball online. It details how to watch your local market teams as well.

  • Love your information
    Still debating cutting the cord but I have not found a way to get HGTV
    My wife has this a s a requirement before I cut the cord and buy an antenna.
    Any suggestions?

  • Am I reading correctly in that you can only watch on one TV with PS Vue through a PS3/4? If so is there a way to watch on multiple TV's at the same time?

    • No, there is a whole list of devices you can use with Vue in the post. And you can watch them on multiple devices at the same time.

  • I'm a fan of this blog. In the process of cutting the cord. I have one 1080 HD regular flat screen TV and a 1080 HD Internet TV. I'm going with Vue, and Hulu +. On my internet TV, I have Amazon, Vue and Netflix apps already installed.

    My question: what hardware will I need to enjoy my new services - I don't want to 'over buy' equipment.

    Thank you.

    • All you would need is a streaming device per TV. The cheapest route to run those services would be Amazon Fire Sticks.

  • Hi! great blog! We have multiple tvs. Only one in lr is flat screen and I have a firestick for that tv. We have uverse for tv and internet. I would like to keep att internet but drop tv services. 3 of our tvs are older big box tvs. Would I have to replace the older tvs? Can you use one acct for watching all the tvs at the same time like cable?

    • Most services will let you use multiple streams on one account. Sling TV is the only one I know of that doesn't at the moment. However, they have stated they are looking into changing that. As for the older TVs if you want to use an antenna you would need to make sure the TV takes a digital signal, but streaming should be okay as long as you have something like a Roku 1 that uses that Read, Yellow, White AV cables.

  • I recently bought 3 Fire TV sticks. I subscribed to the Playstation Vue on one tv. Am I understanding that I can stream to other Fire sticks in my home under the same account? If so, how do I do that and do I pay per stick or just the one time per month?

    • Here is the answer from Vue's FAQ

      "A single PlayStation™Vue account can simultaneously stream PlayStation™Vue on up to one PS4 console and one PS3 console in the same home (Note: at this time, you cannot stream on two PS4 consoles or two PS3 consoles at any given time).
      Additionally, you can use PlayStation™Vue Mobile on iOS devices, or PlayStation™Vue on Fire TV devices for additional simultaneous streams, with up to five total devices supported at once."

  • I've had Playstation Vue for a week and a half playing off of a Amazon Fire Stick, and love it. I officially cut the cord. Only issue is no MASN in DC. Hope they add it, since they have all of the local comcast sports channels.

    I'm also using my Roku on the same TV for NHL package, and a higher def signal for MLB.TV.

    This was the first sports weekend without a cable box, and made it through fine without missing anything.

  • Cut the cord with PlayStation Vue and the Fire TV devices. It was great for about 2 weeks, the stopped working. Turns out if your ISP resets your IP address Sony locks you out. 36 hours later, they still haven't unlocked my service....

    I would not recommend. Back to cable for me ( and out $300 worth of Fire TV devices)

    • Posted reply, but it has been removed. My question is if this is something to worry about? I was considering PS Vue to replace Dish, but have seen other comments like this.

      To the best of my knowledge, my IP address is stable, and I do not know what circumstance would make it change, but seems to me this question needs answering.
      So what would make AT&T change my IP Address? And if the account is blocked because they did, how long should it take to "fix" the problem and un-block the account?

      I have the Amazon Fire Stick, but will buy the Fire box if I proceed with PS Vue and use the Stick on another TV.

      Thanks

      Thanks

      • AT&T may provide you with a static IP. However, most providers use DHCP which updates the IP every so often, typically after a router restart. If they do change the IP and Sony Blocks it, you would have to call Sony support to get it fixed. I'm not sure how long that would take.

    • Surely there must be a way around this????
      Denis? BTW Dennis thanks for all your info and work!
      I was on the verge of going with Vue but if this is what happens I most certainly will not!

      Anyone know the answere?

      • I've been checking there forums to see if there is a fix. I haven't seem official word yet.

  • Can you subscribe to both Vue and SlingTV? Watch Vue on one tv and SlingTV on another simultaneously?

  • Has anyone had any late breaking experience with the PS Vue sign up/log in process? I tried unsucessfully for several days about two weeks ago. I continually got the "1014" error and could not log in. The phone CSR tried for about an hour, resetting stuff, etc. - but finally gave up.

    • I have not heard anything yet. This is horrible. Sorry that you are currently stuck. I'll keep the disclaimer on my article until the issue is resolved.

  • We've had Playstation Vue and Roku 3 along with a Mohu Leaf 50 HDTV antenna (for local channels) for about a month now and absolutely love the service we get. Our cable company gives us a static IP as long as we use their modem. I have 2 Netgear R6250 AC1600 routers, one in front of the house and one in back. Also have a Netgear WNR3500Lv2 N300 router with DD-WRT as a wireless bridge that I use for the PS3 and Roku 3. The only issue I've experienced from the beginning is the Playstation Vue guide jumping around when scrolling through it, but solved the problem by pressing pause or stop then accessing the guide. If you use pause you only have 2 minutes before the channel you are on starts playing again then the guide jumps around. At first it was a pain in the butt but now it just comes natural to press stop then scroll through the guide.

    • Sounds like you have a great setup going. PlayStation Vue is a really nice solution. I'm shocked they haven't figured out this dynamic IP address issue yet.

  • Dennis I switched from Sling to Vue and am finding Vue a much better solution and worth the slightly extra cost. Vue advantages are the cloud DVR feature, the ABC/NBC/ Fox on demand channels andthe ability to access live steams of many traditional cable channels using Vue account information on numerous devices including Roku. Steaming is way more reliable than Sling. Really enjoy your blog keep up the great work.

    • Good to hear. Thanks for reading. Have you had any issues with your IP address changing? It's one of the reasons I've been hesitant to recommend the VUE service. Some users report getting locked out for days when their ISP gives their modem a new IP address.

  • Dennis, I just read your latest post re the "Smart DNS Proxy", but need to read it again more carefully. Two things come to mind:
    1) This seems to be an answer to the USTVNOW channel (where you need to be outside the US) - altho I have not tried this to see if it works;
    2) Do you think this might in any way help with those of us that are "Plagued" with the PS Vue IP Address problem (in which we are blocked from logging in ecause of the IP Address issue).

    Thanks

  • Playstation Vue just added WJZ-TV in Baltimore (the CBS affiliate) over the weekend.

  • We currently have a $180 cable bill, and started free trials with both Sling and Playstation Vue; because we want to keep Disney Jr, Nick Jr, and other channels - but honestly get most of what we need from Netflix anyway.

    We found Playstation Vue to be much better so far. To get full features, like creating multiple profiles you'll need a Fire TV (over a Roku) - or a PS3 or PS4. These can be used in any device, but only the full interfaces allow them to be created. We bought a Fire TV for an extra room because of this.

    Why Vue? With Sling to get all the channels we wanted it was looking like $55+, and Sling has no DVR functionality - its hit and miss what you can stream and on what channels. With Vue, for just $30, we get Disney and Fox Sports and others, with full DVR features for all channels. It just easily won hands down for our family.

    We're literally still in that trial period, but we put an antenna on order, and will be canceling cable very shortly. We'll also be canceling the Sling free trial.

    I'm a little scared about some of the IP issue I'm reading about in these comments, but I feel comfortable knowing that it's only a month to month billed service with no contracts. So, PlayStation Vue has already won my service, and now it'll be only there's to loose. But we're hopeful.

    • I have been getting reports of people being shut out of Vue if their routers IP address changes. Please let us know if you experience this issue.

  • Don't know if this is related to the 'IP issue' or not, but I'm about to cancel my Vue trial subscription because of it. Sony defines your 'home' location at the beginning, and expects you to be there. I spend part of the year in the north and part in the south, and have been able to use Sling in either place. Not so with Vue: You can 'move' once and then no more. So when I come back in the spring, I'd have to cancel and resubscribe? I know they have a mobile service, but I want to watch on the TV, not my phone or some rigged up display. Couple this with the IP issue, and it's too much hassle. Am I missing something?

    These reviews and podcasts are great - have taught me a lot and saved me thousands. Thanks, Dennis.

    • Update to my previous comment / question: I decided that the 'problem' with moving wasn't that significant. There seems to be more content for me on Vue, and if I have to move it to AZ once a year and then resubscribe when I return to the frozen north, it's no big deal. So, sorry, Sling, for now it's Vue. If I wanted to use it in more than 2 locations, or moved frequently between the two sites, it wouldn't work and I'd stick with Sling.

    • Vue is crazy with confirming your location. If you are moving around then that could definitely hamper Vue. Thanks for listening/reading! I'm glad we could help.

  • Will I be able to watch The Walking Dead tonight with the access slim package at 29.99? Or should I cancel and get Sling? Or Do I need the package with on demand?
    Thank you!

  • Dennis - one comment I read in the review about Sling is lack of surfing capability, we do a lot of that, switching back and forth...how is that on PS Vue? also what more can you tell me about the IP issue, I was leaning towards cutting the cord with cable and going to Vue, but now leery from notes on your site. Vue has more channels we watch than Sling! also, is the Indianapolis area "live" with the networks on Vue ("the catch")?
    Thank you

    • If you aren't shutting your router on an off it shouldn't matter. It really only affects people that have there IP address changed often. They offer a free trial, so you can give them a shot and see if will work for you.

  • I have two questions please: 1) question re Playstation VUE streaming service. Does it offer next day viewing for CURRENT seasons/shows? Or is it like all of the other streaming services, that offer "some" shows next day viewing or offers maybe 7 out of 15 of a seasons shows for viewing?

    2) Does the HISTORY channel offer a streaming service for just the shows it carries or is the only way to get the History channel is thru Hulu or Sling TV?

    Thank you for any info you can provide---I love your site--lots of great info!

    • VUE is live so it's like having normal cable for those channels. They also have a cloud DVR so you can record the shows you miss. It won't give you the full back catalog though. History channels unfortunately doesn't offer a direct streaming service yet.

      Thanks for love Lori. Feedback like that really makes my day.

  • My son and I recently cut the cord from out cable to Playstation Vue. Absolutely love it, haven't had any troubles. I have a Roku tv and my son watches his through his Playstation 4. I didn't know anything about a cloud DVR. How do you get this?

    • You need to add a show to "My Shows" and it should record them. Be aware that due to licensing not all shows are eligible. You would need to check with Sony to see which ones.

  • Wow this is a great site! I too want to cut the cord. I currently watch local broadcast channels plus a few cable channels such as CNBC, CNN, AMC, BET, HISTORY, OWN , FOODNETWORK and HGTV. I'm also using Roku. My concern is finding a way to watch without having to buy app add-ons or subscribe to individual channels that would cost just as much as cable, not to mention the needed antenna for local channels. I've considered Droidstreamtv box but it sounds too good to be true and unsure of its effectiveness. Would appreciate your thoughts and suggestions.

    • Stay away from android boxes that promise the world. They typically scrape pirated content off the web. I recommend trying one of Sling TV, VUE, or DirecTV NOW. They offer free trials so you can experiment with all of them and keep the one you want.

  • Playstation Vue now supports web browsers. I believe the list of channels on sling vs vue is out of date. Love your site for comparing all aspects of cord cutting.

  • I have used PS Vue for about two weeks now and once this month is over, I'm gone. I am tired of activating our Roku devices (2 altogether) two to three times a day. We can be in the middle of a program and it will come up with error code 1001 and tells us to activate our device. there is also the continuous stops to buffer the signal which can take up to 5 minutes.

    I called PS and talked to someone there who knows nothing at all, her recommendation is that Fire Stick works better with PS Vue than Roku. Thanks Sony!

  • 1. How many customers have ignored this service because they use the word "Playstation" in their name?
    2. You didn't mention that you are going out of business in 2 days as per email we recvd. last week.
    I will miss you.

    • Grounded Reason isn't going out of business. The site is getting more traffic than it ever has. We will be here for many years to come.

  • This has a great lineup, except that is doesn't mention PBS or CBS, which carry a great many of the shows that I watch. Where are CBS and PBS? This price would be reasonable if CBS & PBS were included. Without them, the price is way too high because I would have to pay for something more besides this for these two channels.