In the United States, PlayStation owners have had access to the PS Vue service for a while now. I have used the service for six months now and I don’t miss cable television one bit.
What is PS Vue?
The PS Vue service is a cable subscription service with no contract and reasonable prices for network packages. There are four packages to choose from starting with the $29.99 Access Slim package that offers a lot of content for that price. You will get the basic sports channels like ESPN, ESPN 2, NBC Sports Network, and Fox Sports. Popular entertainment channels like TBS, TNT, FX, and SyFy are included as well. Fox News, CNN, and MSNBC are included to round out your 24-hour news fix. Finally, there are some kids channels included like Disney, Disney XD, and Cartoon Network. These networks, plus much more make up the basic Access Slim package, and each package beyond that adds much more content. The prices may vary a bit by area depending on whether local channels are included or not.
The Core Slim package, $34.99 a month, adds several regional and national sports channels to the already robust Access Slim package. At $44.99, the Elite Slim package adds many movie channels to the channel list. The Ultra Slim package adds premium movie channels like HBO, Showtime, and Epix. You can also add these premium movie channels to any package. Additionally, there is a Spanish-speaking channel add-on that can be attached to any package for $3.99.
How does it work?
It works on PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, PC, Roku, Chromecast, iPhone, Apple TV, and the Amazon Firestick. It’s very easy to set up on any device and get right into watching your favorite shows. Each device has a different user interface in my experience. The PS4 interface is kind of tricky at first, but gamers should be able to figure it out. The Roku and PC user interface resembles that of Netflix or Hulu, so most people should be able to pick it up fairly quickly.
Where can I watch?
With your cell phone, you can watch anywhere. However, there is a catch, there is certain content that is region or mobile locked meaning you can’t access it outside of your home devices. PS Vue recognizes your location by IP address and if it doesn’t recognize the IP it will limit content. There’s still lots to be enjoyed when you’re not home, I remember watching live football games during the NFL season while I was at work.
How much content is there?
How much content is there? I have the Core Slim package that comes with additional sports channels. With all of the English-speaking ESPN channels, Bein Sports, NBC Sports Network, NFL Network, SEC Network, Fox Sports, and the regional Florida sports channels, I have more sports than I can take in. Racing fans will love this package since a lot of the racing around the world gets featured on some of the more obscure sports channels included in the Core Slim package. One of the best features is the DVR, but instead of using your precious hard drive space, this DVR records to the cloud. This allows you to mark all of your favorite shows and PS Vue will automatically record new episodes. I have not come close to the limit of how much content I can record, and content stays for 28 days after recording. Someone on Reddit actually hit the limit of 500 favorite shows, so maybe that’s the limit. 500 seems reasonable.
If you have a PlayStation and hate your current cable subscription or just don’t have cable and feel like you’re missing out, then this is your answer. Its flexibility and content make it a great deal and it is a worthy competitor to Sling TV, Apple TV, and other cable services for cord cutters. I have been a big fan of the service and strongly recommend it to anyone interested in a cable subscription. I’ve even recommended it to people who aren’t gamers considering how versatile a PS4 can be just as a media console.