*Update: As of January 30, 2020, the service has ceased taking new sign-ups.
PlayStation Vue 2019 review
PlayStation Vue is one of the most popular, best-performing video streaming services thanks to its wide range of channels and content. Indeed, it was named the number one TV streaming video provider for customer satisfaction in both 2018 and 2019 by the American Customer Satisfaction Index Survey.
The service launched in March 2015 in an already busy online streaming market, bringing thousands of on-demand shows and multiple live-streaming channels to most devices via the PlayStation app. At its height, the service had around 800,000 paid subscribers. However, in October, Sony announced that it’ll be closing the service as of January 30, 2020, citing the expensive content and network deals in the paid TV streaming market.
Compare PlayStation Vue plans
PlayStation Vue originally started out offering different channel packages before adopting four distinct options that soon saw the monthly subscription fee increase.
|Free trial length||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|Number of channels||48||69||90||92|
|Number of simultaneous streams||5||5||5||5|
|Cloud DVR storage||Unlimited for 28 days||Unlimited for 28 days||Unlimited for 28 days||Unlimited for 28 days|
|Number of user profiles||10||10||10||10|
Why PlayStation Vue may be right for you
PlayStation Vue offers a wide range of content, from local networks, lifestyle and entertainment to movies, sports and foreign language channels. It’s more expensive than other streaming services, such as Amazon Prime Video ($8.99/mo.), Disney+ ($6.99/mo.) or Netflix ($8.99/mo.), but its live-streaming capability makes it an ideal cable replacement.
PlayStation Vue provides an excellent user experience. It offers five simultaneous streams and ten profiles per account, each of which receives personal cloud storage and content recommendations.
Users select shows from a highly visual interface in an easy-to-navigate grid format. The service also pops up shows that are currently trending, what’s next guides and recorded show options, which give users plenty of choices of what to watch next.
PlayStation Vue also provides a multi-view feature that enables viewers to watch multiple channels simultaneously. This is ideal for sports viewing, allowing the user to watch several football games or various sports events that are taking place at the same time. This feature is reserved for Apple TV, which plays four simultaneous streams, and PlayStation 4, which plays three.
PlayStation Vue’s standard 28-day unlimited cloud storage is another great feature. It means you’ll never miss your favorite show or the action from a big sporting event, as long as you watch it within the 28-day limit.
PlayStation Vue is available on most new devices, including smartphones, TV sticks and set-top boxes, as well as Sony’s gaming consoles. However, the service is not compatible with non-PlayStation consoles, such as the Xbox One or Nintendo Switch. Here are the devices that Sony lists as being compatible with PlayStation Vue:
- Amazon Fire TV
- Android 5.0 and up
- Android TV
- Apple TV
- Google Chromecast
- iPad, iPhone and iTouch (iOS 9.0 or later)
- PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4
- Roku Players and TV
- Stream on desktop or laptop
PlayStation Vue features
Unlike most of its competitors, PlayStation Vue enables you to watch multiple channels at the same time. This is ideal for sports viewing when several key matches take place at the same time—you’ll never miss a minute’s action.
PlayStation Vue’s 28-day unlimited cloud storage is ideal if you have a programming clash or go out and miss your favorite show. Simply set the service to record and catch it sometime within the next four weeks.
Huge content choice
Viewers get a wide range of content on PlayStation Vue. From all the local channels and news networks, depending on location and entertainment options like Cartoon Network, Investigation Discovery and National Geographic. There’s also a range of movie choices, including Hallmark, SundanceTV and Turner Classic Movies, and sports options, such as ESPN, NFL Network and Tennis Channel, within the standard viewing packages.
PlayStation Vue also enables users to add-on extra content to their standard packages. The $10/mo. Sports Pack provides access to channels like Eleven Sports, NFL Red Zone and Stadium for all your sporting needs. The HBO add-on gets you all the network’s premium programming for $15/mo. and Showtime provides access to original documentaries, movies and sports from $8.99/mo. Users can also add all their favorite Spanish channels, such as Fox Deportes, Nat Geo Mundo and UNIVERSO, from $3.99/mo.
Personalized content options
PlayStation Vue viewers get 10 personalized profiles, each of which has its own recommended viewing suggestions and cloud storage space. That’s in addition to being able to watch the service on five devices simultaneously.
What to watch on PlayStation Vue
PlayStation Vue provides viewers with a wide range of entertainment choices, including on-demand TV shows, movies and sports, as well as live TV streaming. The options available depend on the package purchased with the Ultra package providing nearly twice as many channels as the basic Access plan.
All PlayStation Vue subscribers get access to standard news options like ABC, FOX and MSNBC. That’s in addition to entertainment channels like Cartoon Network, Discovery, Food Channel and Travel Channel, as well as sports options on ESPN and ESPN2.
PlayStation Vue is one of the best video streaming services on the market, providing TV, movie and sports lovers with a viable, cost-effective alternative to cable TV. The service includes a wide range of content, from news and entertainment to movies and sports. Some add-ons enable viewers to maximize their viewing options. Unfortunately, with the service now defunct, viewers will need to look elsewhere for their on-demand and live TV streaming.