As a lot of you know, we’ve been talking a lot about ways for you to cut the cable cord and save
some a ton of money in the process. Next up, Playstation Vue. In my opinion, the next best thing to sliced bread in the ever evolving world of video streaming.
What is Playstation Vue?
Playstation Vue is an internet based cord cutting alternative to cable or satellite service. Unlike most of it’s video streaming competitors (Netflix, Amazon Prime, Hulu, etc.) Playstation Vue primarily offers you live high definition TV programming and the ability to record shows on a cloud based DVR as well as having the ability to pause, rewind and fast forward both recorded and live programming!
Sports fans will also have the opportunity to have both ESPN and Fox Sports Channels in the same package, unlike it’s biggest streaming live TV competitor, SlingTV which makes you go with one or the other.
It is recommended that you have high speed internet with at least a 10 Mbps download speed, but like most everything, “the bare minimum requirements” will likely only lead to occasional times of frustration. If you’re able to get something at least a little bit better than that I would definitely recommend it. You’ll thank me later.
Do I Need a Playstation Gaming Console in Order to Take Advantage of Playstation Vue?
While both the Playstation 3 and Playstation 4 gaming consoles can be used to access Playstation Vue they are not your only options. You can ALSO use both an Amazon Fire TV device (box or stick) or an Apple iPad or iPhone. Don’t forget if you go with one of the Apple devices you can then use a Google Chromecast and just send it to your TV’s screen.
Also keep in mind that unless you’re planning on hooking a Playstation gaming console directly to your modem using an ethernet cord and having that as your only device that can connect to your Vue account, you’ll also need to have Wifi.
If you want to avoid buffering (in addition to having an adequate internet speed) you’ll want to make sure that your wireless router can “get the job done”. By that I mean you’ll want one that can both keep up with your internet’s speeds as well as one that can broadcast far enough to supply adequate signal to each device that you’re wanting to use to access your Playstation Vue account.
How Many Devices Can Access Playstation Vue at Once?
You can access Playstation Vue from up to 5 different devices at the same time per account. So for example, we own a PS3, a PS4, an Amazon Fire Stick and a Chromecast (yes we’re tech junkies) allowing us to watch in four different locations or on four different TVs. Which gives larger families the opportunity to watch different programming at the same time without interfering with one another. Let’s face it, you’re lucky to find one or two shows that the entire family can agree upon, or at least that’s the case in our home. Surely I’m not alone!
What Kind of Programming is Available and What Does it Cost?
Strangely enough, it depends on where you live. If you live in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Philadelphia, Dallas, San Francisco or Miami, you are in one of their “major markets” and will pay more. However, this is primarily due to the fact that in these seven locations, you’ll also be able to receive a live feed of your local network stations (ABC, CBS, NBC & Fox) in addition to all of the other channels offered in whatever package you choose.
If you reside somewhere other than these seven cities, you’ll pay less and only be able to access an on demand version of ABC, NBC & Fox’s content (CBS content is not available but can be viewed in other ways – including CBS All Access).
Most could also turn to an antenna in order to receive live local network television.
There are 3 basic monthly plans available:
- Access Package (Popular Live TV) – $39.99 (major market) or $29.99 (everywhere else)
- Core Package (Popular Live TV + Extra Sports) – $44.99 (major market) or $34.99 (everywhere else)
- Elite Package (Popular Live TV + Extra Sports + Movies & More) – $54.99 (major market) or $44.99 (everywhere else)
You can ALSO add any of these to any of the above packages:
- Showtime – $10.99 ($8.99 with a Playstation Plus Membership)
- Showtime + epix Hits – $13.99 ($11.49 with a Playstation Plus Membership)
- Machinima (all things gaming and fandom) – $3.99 ($1.99 with a Playstation Plus Membership)
- Fox Soccer Plus – $14.99 ($12.99 with a Playstation Plus Membership)
Below are the SLIM Packages (without live local network stations).
Yes, yes, yes and yes. It’s like having a DVR box without actually having a physical DVR box and without that additional monthly service and box rental fee. You can pause live TV as well as record up to 500 shows per account and keep them on your cloud for up to 28 days!!
You won’t be able to record any shows that air on your local network stations, unless you fall into one of the 7 major markets listed above, but you will be able to access the majority of their popular shows via their on demand feature.
Is there a FREE Trial Period Available?
Yes. You can choose ANY one of the packages offered and try it out for FREE for 7 days. You will have to give them your credit card information to begin your trial. Once your trial ends you will be billed for whatever package you are trialing unless you alter or cancel your package on or prior to that seventh day.
Am I Bound by a Contract?
Nope. You can cancel or alter your account at any time without being penalized. Also, there are NO taxes or hidden fees like you’re almost certain to run into when dealing with your local cable or satellite company.
How Does it Stack up Against the Competition?
I’ve only had Playstation Vue for about a week now, but in my personal opinion it’s quite a bit better than it’s live tv competitor, Sling TV. It’s easier to use/navigate, not nearly as sluggish, has less hiccups, more channels and the ability to have both ESPN and Fox Sports Channels on the same package, not to mention the ability to record shows using cloud storage instead of being at a channels mercy as to which shows they decide to make accessible in an on demand format after they air live.
Honestly, the only thing Sling TV has over the Playstation Vue is it’s price point and the fact that it’ll work on more types of streaming devices (i.e. Roku, Xbox, PCs etc.). We decided to cancel both our Hulu and our Sling TV and go with this instead. I’m excited. I hope you are too!