PlayStation Vue Launches Streaming Live TV to PS4 Without a Cable Subscription

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Looks like Sony have found the solution to your cable subscription with its new PlayStation Vue service.

Vie is a Web-based cable-TV streaming service which makes your favorite television shows and channels available to your PS3 or PS4. The service starts today in New York City, Chicago, and Philadelphia.

Vue is a live TV identical to the service you get from a cable or satellite provider, which is sent over the Internet to your PlayStation.

Sony claims that if you don't have a PlayStation, the company plans to release a version of Vue for the Apple’s iOS operating system and hopes to launch the service to other devices as well.

The feature that makes Vue different from the other over-the-top services, such as Dish’s Sling TV, is the sheer number of channels provided by Sony.

The company has made deals in place for 85 channels from networks including CBS, Discovery Communications, Fox, Fox News Networks, NBCUniversal, Scripps Networks Interactive, Turner, Viacom, and AMC Networks.

At the same time, Sling TV offers only 39 channels. Besides, Sling TV doesn’t include broadcast networks like NBC, Fox, and CBS. Both, Vue and Sling TV does not have ABC.

Nevertheless, Dish provides ESPN, which is popular among younger viewers, while Vue has no access to ESPN.

In case you’ve used a PS3 or PS4, Vue will be like home for you. The home screen is laid out with the app’s Timeline, My Shows, Recommended, Favorite Channels, Live TV, and Feature Shows categories available in a vertical row on the left side of the screen.

The Search option, Explore, Guide, and Tools are set above this. If you designate a show as a favorite by highlighting it and pressing the R1 button on your controller, Vue will automatically record every occurrence of the program in Sony’s cloud-based DVR, where they will stay for 28 days. According to Sony, you can make favorites of up to 500 different shows.

The interface of Vue is very snappy. Scrolling through the seasons of The Simpsons and searching for specific shows was very easy.

Unlike Sling TV, your PlayStation Vue account can be used to stream different shows on up to three separate devices (one PS4 and two PS3s) at one and the same time. Your Sling TV account can also be added to several devices, however, you are not able to watch different shows simultaneously.

A basic Access subscription to Vue costs $50 per month and it features more than 50 channels, such as CBS, Fox, NBC, AMC, Comedy Central, Cartoon Network, and CNN. If you subscribe to the Core package for $60 and you’ll receive BTN, the Golf Channel, and TCM.

New York subscribers also get the Yes Network, while Philly subscribers get Comcast SportsNet Philadelphia and Chicago subscribers get Comcast SportsNet Chicago.

The top-of-the-line is the Elite package which costs $70 and includes all of the Access and Core channels, as well as a host of family, lifestyle, and music channels.

Also, in order to use Vue, you should have a broadband Internet connection, which is additional expense.

The subscription for Sling TV starts from $20 per month and includes 17 channels, such as ESPN, ESPN 2, AMC, Food Network, CNN, IFC, and HGTV.

If you pay an extra $5, you can get Sling TV’s Sports Extra package, that includes six additional ESPN networks and the Universal Sports Network. Those, who are more interested in movies, you can pay $5 to receive the Hollywood Extra package, which gets you Epix 1, Epix 2, Epix 3, Epix Drive-In, and Sundance TV.

The $5 Kids Extra package offers you more kid-friendly programing, while the $5 News & Info Extra adds HLN, Bloomberg, the Cooking Channel, and the DIY Network.

In case you want every channel option, you’ll end up paying $40 per month. This is cheaper than the basic Vue package, but has 11 fewer channels than Sony’s option, and it doesn’t include a DVR option.

If you subscribe for Comcast’s Xfinity TV Digital Starter package, and you’ll receive 140 channels for $49.99 per month for the first 12 months. As soon as the grace period is up, the price jumps to between $68 and $70 per month, depending on the area you live in.

Despite including multiple channels, the package costs more than twice as much as you’d pay for the top-shelf Sling TV offering, and about $10 more than the PlayStation Vue’s Elite package.

PlayStation Vue appears to be a great opportunity for those who want to cut their cable cords. Subscriptions from $50 to $70 per month is really expensive, especially when there are options like Hulu Plus out there for $7.99 per month.

Though, if you prefer to get rid of your cable company and need live TV, as well as a nearly limitless DVR, you should definitely try out PlayStation Vue.

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