PlayStation Vue is a live TV streaming service with 4 plans. The $50/month “Access” base plan offers more than 50 channels, including local channels and 25 of the top 35 cable channels.
The $55/month “Core” plan is a the best option for sports fans because it includes regional sports networks (RSNs) and most professional and college sports networks.
We tested PlayStation Vue and other live TV streaming services for more than 100 hours. PlayStation Vue is compatible with Amazon Fire TV, Apple TV, Google Chromecast, Roku, iPhone/iPad, Web Browsers, Android Phone/Tablet, Android TV, and PlayStation.
Unlimited Cloud DVR
PlayStation Vue has Unlimited DVR storage, but you can only keep shows for 28 days. You can only record entire series of shows (not single episodes); this can clutter your DVR.
If you start recording after you tune into a channel, the recording will start from when you first started watching. You can watch the recording from the beginning while it is still recording.
If you are outside your home network, you can only watch recorded shows that are also available on demand.
HBO, Showtime, Cinemax, and some CBS broadcast stations cannot be recorded. See all DVR restrictions.
Up to 5 Devices
This service allows for five simultaneous streams: one PS4 console, two PS3 consoles, and 3 others devices (such as a phone, tablet, or computer). See playback details.
If you go over your device limit, you cannot add a new device for a few hours.
56 TV Everywhere Apps
Similar to traditional cable and satellite subscriptions, PlayStation Vue includes “TV Everywhere” logins for various channels’ apps (including Watch ABC, Bravo Now, Watch ESPN, FOX NOW, and NBC App).
List of Compatible Apps
- AHC Go
- AMC App
- Animal Planet Go
- BBC America App
- Bravo Now
- Cartoon Network App
- CNBC App
- CNN App
- Destination America Go
- Discovery Go
- Discovery Life Go
- E! Now
- FOX Business App
- FOX News App
- FOX Now
- Fox Sports Go
- Freeform App
- Fusion TV
- FX Now
- Golf Live Extra
- Hallmark Channel Everywhere
- HBO GO
- IFC App
- Investigation Discovery Go
- MLB At Bat
- MSNBC Now
- Nat Geo TV App
- NBC App
- NBC Sports App
- NFL Mobile
- Oxygen Now
- Science Channel Go
- Showtime Anytime
- SundanceTV App
- Syfy Now
- Telemundo Now
- TLC GO
- Universal Kids App
- Universo Now
- USA Now
- Watch ABC
- Watch Cooking Channel
- Watch DIY
- Watch ESPN
- Watch Food Network
- Watch HGTV
- Watch OWN
- Watch TBS
- Watch TCM
- WATCH TNT
- Watch Travel Channel
- Watch TruTV
- WE tv App
A majority of channels offer on demand content, but you cannot skip or fast-forward through the content.
No Parental Controls
Catch Up Feature
Catch Up allows you to watch shows that you didn’t record, for up to three days after it aired. This feature adds a lot of additional shows that aren’t normally available on demand.
On PlayStation 4 consoles, you can watch three live channels—all at once—on a single screen.
PlayStation Vue is compatible with these devices:
- Amazon Fire TV
- Apple TV
- Google Chromecast
- iPhone/iPad (iOS 9+)
- Web Browsers
- Android Phone/Tablet (4.4+)
- Android TV
The PlayStation Vue television app has one the best user interfaces among all the streaming services. It is available on all major platforms including Apple TV, Chromecast, Roku, Fire TV, Android TV, and PlayStation 3 & 4 Consoles.
The app launches to a personalized home screen that has a similar design to the standard PlayStation 4 interface.
The TV app has a feature called “Timeline,” which has a live stream of your most recently watched channel, a list of recently viewed shows, saved cloud DVR content, favorite channels, and other popular live shows.
Throughout the interface, helpful badges indicate if a show is “Live,” “Coming Up,” or available “On Demand” and whether it’s a new episode.
On Fire TV devices and PS4 consoles, a picture-in-picture (PIP) of the live channel appears while you browse the through the app; on Apple TV devices, the live channel plays in the background.
Phone & Tablet Apps
The PlayStation Vue phone and tablet apps have a very similar interface to the TV apps.
You can watch Playstation Vue on Mac or Windows computers, with any popular browser.
Live local channels are available only in certain markets. However, on demand content is available in all areas the following day.
You can get free access to CW shows with The CW apps with no subscription needed.
Local Channel Restrictions
You cannot stream NFL games on smartphones or tablets.
When you travel outside of your home market, you will receive the locals of the city you are visiting. However, any shows you record to your DVR though will be from your home market.
Top Cable Channels
The top 35 cable channels are listed below. For a list of all channels, look at PlayStation Vue’s full channel lineup.
National Sports Channels
Regional Sports Networks (RSNs)
You will need to upgrade to at least the “Core” ($55) plan to get access to regional sports networks (RSNs), which are generally from Fox and NBC/Comcast.
You will have access to them even when you are outside your home market.
RSNs in Other Markets
You should check the PlayStation Vue RSN lookup tool before subscribing to make sure it has the regional networks you need.
Other Sports Channels
You can add Fox Soccer Plus to any plan for $15/month.
“Core,” “Elite,” and “Ultra” subscribers can can add the Sports Extra ($10) which adds ESPN Bases Loaded, ESPN Goal Line, Longhorn Network, and MLB Network Strike Zone, and the national feeds of NESN and NBC Sports/Comcast SportsNet.
You can add Cinemax ($15), HBO ($15), and Showtime ($11) to any PlayStation Vue plan.
If you are a PlayStation Plus member, you may receive promotional discounts or some premium channels bundled.
- The only service currently with 720p / 60 fps across all channels.
- Almost no buffering or playback issues in our testing.
- Changing channels only takes 2 seconds, which was faster than most services.
All live streams are broadcast in 720p HD.
To reduce playback interruptions, PlayStation Vue will adapt the stream quality to match your network connection.
Most live TV streams are broadcast in 60 fps.
All live TV content has standard stereo audio. Some on demand content has Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround.
PlayStation Vue had very reliable live streaming performance. On demand streaming was reliable.
Live content is about 20 seconds behind cable TV, which is faster than half of the other services.
It takes about 2.5 seconds to switch between channels, which is faster than most of the other services.
- Intuitive design across all devices (except Roku)—echoing the standard PS4 interface.
- Channel guide is informative, but feels odd because it lists channels horizontally.
- Search works well and offers quick access to both live and on demand content.
The PlayStation Vue app’s home screen has a live stream of your most recently watched channel, a list of recently viewed shows, saved cloud DVR content, favorite channels, and other popular live shows.
The PlayStation Vue standard channel guide lists all available channels alphabetically in horizontal list. This layout may feel odd because you have to scroll sideways to see more channels. Your favorite channels appear at the beginning of the guide.
The PlayStation Vue search interface is very intuitive. Search results appear quickly as you type.
The show details page displays all available episodes with “Live,” “Coming Up,” and “On Demand” badges. You can automatically record future airings by clicking “Add to My Shows”.
You can pause and skip forward and backwards on most channels on PlayStation Vue. There is a nice feature that lets you tap and hold to jump back to your previous channel.