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5 Best Alternatives to Switch from PlayStation Vue, With Shut Down Coming in January

Jason Gurwin

Earlier today, PlayStation Vue announced that they will be shutting down the Live TV Streaming Service on January 30, 2020. The service was known for being the best option for sports fans because it included top cable channels, locals, regional sports networks, college sports channels, as well as NFL Network, NFL RedZone, NBA TV, MLB Network, and NHL Network — all for just $55 a month.

While there isn’t a perfect replacement for PS Vue, we put together the five best options for PlayStation Vue subscribers.

Best Alternatives for PlayStation Vue Subscribers

1. fuboTV ($55)

Earlier this year, fuboTV added Viacom and Discovery channels giving it more Top Cable Channels than any other Live TV Streaming Service. With the new additions, the service now has 31 of the 35 Top Cable Channels — five more than PlayStation Vue.

While you’ll lose ABC, Cartoon Network, CNN, TBS, TNT y truTV, you’ll gain A&E, BET, Comedy Central, History, Lifetime, MTV, Nickelodeon, Paramount Network y VH1.

In terms of sports, they are one of the only alternatives that carry NFL Network and NFL RedZone as part of their service. You’ll also get NBA TV, but you won’t be able to get MLB Network, NBA TV y NHL Network.

For those in New York, Boston, and Houston, they are one of the only streaming services that offer MSG/MSG+, AT&T SportsNet Southwest, and NESN.

They offer a $5 upgrade to their Family Plan, which includes 500 Hour DVR and Third Simultaneous Stream.

Cloud DVR

The service includes a 30 Hour DVR, which can be upgraded to 500 Hours, plus a third stream for $5.

Max Streams

The service includes 2 Simultaneous Streams, but you can add a Third Stream, along with a 500 Hour DVR for $5.

2. Hulu + Live TV ($45)

For $5 less than PlayStation Vue, you’ll get 26 of the 35 Top Cable Channels, including your local RSN. The service carries more ABC, CBS, NBC, and FOX affiliates than PlayStation Vue, so you’re more likely to get them in your area.

In comparison to PS Vue, you’ll lose AMC, Hallmark y WE tv, but you’ll gain A&E, History y Lifetime.

If you’re a College Sports fan, you’ll also get ACC Network, Big Ten Network, SEC Network, ESPNU, and CBS Sports Network.

Cloud DVR

Includes 50 Hour DVR, can upgrade to 200 hour DVR for $9.99 a month.

Max Streams

Includes up to 2 Simultaneous Streams, but can upgrade to Unlimited Screens in your home for $9.99 a month.

3. Sling Orange + Blue ($40)

For $40 (and just $25 for your first month) you’ll get 25 of the 35 Top Cable Channels.

You’ll get channels from AMC, Disney (ESPN, Disney), Discovery/Scripps (Discovery, Food Network, HGTV), FX, NBCU (Bravo), and Turner (TNT, TBS, CNN).

In comparison to Vue, you’ll lose Disney Junior, FXX, Hallmark y WE tv, you’ll gain A&E, BET, Comedy Central, History, Lifetime y Paramount Network.

Besides fuboTV, they are the only service that offers NFL Network and NFL RedZone, and are now the only service to get NHL Network.

One unique feature with Sling is that you can add additional channels through Extra packs like Kids, Comedy, News, and Lifestyle. For $5 each, or $10 for all four — you can add channels like MTV, VH1, E!, Disney Junior, and MSNBC.

They also have a Total TV Deal which includes all 7 Extra Packs and a 50 Hour DVR for $20. This means that you can get almost every channel available on Sling for almost the same price ($60) as PlayStation Vue

Sling only carries NBC & FOX, it’s only in select markets, but you can either supplement with an antenna or a free service like Locast. They also are in a contract dispute with Fox Sports meaning that they only have limited Regional Sports Networks.

Cloud DVR

Can Add a 50 Hour DVR for $5

Max Streams

Includes up to 4 Streams (Depending on Channel)

4. Philo ($20)

If you’re willing to sacrifice local and live sports, Philo is a great budget option that will give you 18 of the Top Cable channels from your PlayStation Vue plan. You’ll get channels from AMC, A+E, Viacom (MTV, VH1, etc), and Discovery/Scripps (Discovery, Food Network, HGTV).

In comparison to PlayStation Vue, you’ll lose Bravo, Cartoon Network, CNN, Disney Channel, Disney Junior, E!, ESPN, Fox News, Freeform, FX, FXX, MSNBC, Syfy, TBS, TNT, truTV y USA Network, but you’ll gain A&E, BET, Comedy Central, History, Lifetime, MTV, Nickelodeon, Paramount Network y VH1.

Besides the cost savings, you’ll also get an Unlimited DVR and three simultaneous streams.

Cloud DVR

Includes Unlimited DVR.

Max Streams

Includes 3 Simultaneous Streams.

5. YouTube TV ($50)

While YouTube TV won’t give you as many cable channels as your existing PlayStation Vue plan, you will still get channels from Discovery/Scripps (Discovery, Food Network, HGTV), Turner (TNT, TBS, CNN), Disney (ESPN, Disney, ABC), Fox (FX, Fox News), and NBCU (Bravo, E!, MSNBC).

In comparison to Vue, you’ll lose Hallmark.

The biggest loss though comes to sports, because YouTube TV doesn’t carry NFL Network, NFL RedZone, NHL Network, or beIN Sports. You’ll still get your local RSN, NBA TV, and MLB Network through YouTube TV.

Similar to Vue, YouTube TV includes a third stream and an Unlimited DVR.

Cloud DVR

Includes an Unlimited DVR.

Max Streams

Includes 3 Simultaneous Streams.

Comparison of Channels Across Live TV Streaming Services

Top Cable

AT&T NOW fuboTV Hulu PS Vue Philo YouTube Sling
“PLUS” “fubo” “Hulu Live TV” “Core” “Base” “YouTube TV” “Combo”
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USD 54.99 USD 59.99 USD 54.99 USD 55 USD 16 USD 64.99 USD 45
A&E - - -
AMC - -
BET - -
Bravo -
Cartoon Network - -
CNN - -
Comedy Central - -
Discovery -
Disney Channel -
Disney Junior - ^ USD 5
E! -
ESPN -
Food Network -
Fox News -
Freeform -
FX -
FXX - ^ USD 5
Hallmark - - ^ USD 5
HGTV -
History - - -
Investigation Discovery -
Lifetime - - -
MSNBC -
MTV - - ^ USD 5
Nickelodeon - - -
Paramount Network - - -
Syfy -
TBS - -
TLC -
TNT - -
Travel Channel -
truTV - -
USA Network -
VH1 - - ^ USD 5
WE tv - - ^ USD 5

Locals

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ABC - -
CBS - -
Fox -
NBC -
Telemundo - -
The CW - - -
Univision - - - - - -

Regional Sports

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Regional Sports Networks (RSNs) - -

National Sports

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ESPN -
ESPN2 -
Fox Sports 1 -
Fox Sports 2 - - ^ USD 15
NBC Sports Network -
TBS - -
TNT - -

Pro Sports

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MLB Network - ^ USD 11 - - ^ USD 15
NBA TV - ^ USD 11 - - ^ USD 15
NFL Network - - -
NFL RedZone - ^ USD 11 - ^ USD 10 - - ^ USD 15
NHL Network - ^ USD 11 - - - ^ USD 15

College Sports

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ACC Network - - ^ USD 15
ACC Network Extra - - - ^ USD 15
Big Ten Network - -
CBS Sports Network - - -
ESPNU - ^ USD 6 - ^ USD 15
Fox College Sports - ^ USD 11 - - - - -
Longhorn Network - - - - - ^ USD 15
Pac-12 Network - - - - - ^ USD 15
SEC Network - - ^ USD 15

Other Sports

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beIN Sports - - - - ^ USD 15
Eleven Sports - - - - - -
ESPNEWS - ^ USD 6 - ^ USD 15
Fox Soccer Plus - ^ USD 6 - ^ USD 15 - - -
Golf Channel - - ^ USD 15
Olympic Channel - - ^ USD 15
Tennis Channel - ^ USD 11 - - ^ USD 15