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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

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:

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:

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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