PlayStation Vue review Live TV thats not just for gamers

first_img No $ Yes $ No Yes Yes Yes Fox Business No $ Destination America Base price Yes $ Yes No $ YouTube TV ($50) No No Yes No No Yes TBS Yes, in many markets Yes $ Yes Yes Yes TVs Media Streamers Yes Yes 47 No Yes Yes Yes Yes NBA TV Yes No Yes No Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes Yes No Yes Yes Channel $ No Yes $ No DirecTV Now ($50) Yes Total number of Top 100 channels Yes Total channels: Yes Yes Yes 39 National Geographic 45 No 63 $ Yes $ 24 No No No Yes Yes Hulu with Live TV ($45) Yes No $ $ Yes No Yes 63 No DIY No No Comedy Central $ Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes $ Yes No No No No No No Yes Cooking Channel Yes No Yes Yes Yes Yes Motor Trend No No Yes No Yes CW Yes No Yes Yes Yes Yes (keep for 9 months) No Nicktoons No No No No Yes No $ Yes Yes Yes No Yes Simultaneous streams per account Yes Yes Yes Yes Investigation Discovery CBS Yes (20GB, keep for 30 days) $ Yes No No Yes No OWN Yes $ Yes Yes Yes No Yes Showtime TV Land Yes Yes Record shows for later (cloud DVR) No No No Yes Yes Yes No CNN No No No Yes History NBC Sports Network Yes Yes Yes $ Viceland $ $ Yes BET No Yes No Yes No Yes $ No Yes Big Ten Network Yes 45 Yes No Yes No No No ABC No Yes Yes No No Yes Yes No Yes BBC World News No $ No Yes No Yes Yes No No Yes Bravo Yes Yes Yes Yes $ No No No A&E No Yes No No No No Yes No Yes Yes No Yes No No $ No $ Yes $ Yes Yes No Yes 58 No Yes $ Yes No Yes Yes Yes No $ Yes No No No No Yes No No See All $ $ No Yes WE tv $ No Yes Yes No Tennis Channel $ PlayStation Vue Yes Yes No $ Share your voice Yes, in many markets No Yes Yes Yes Cinemax No Yes $ $ Yes $ Disney Channel $ Yes Yes Yes No Yes Yes No Yes Yes Philo ($20) Yes $ Tags No MTV No Yes Yes No Food Network Yes Yes No Yes Yes $ Yes No $ No No No Yes No $70/month No Yes No Yes 2 ($6 option for 3) 2:44 No Newsy No No No No Yes $45/month for 60+ channels $ Yes Yes Yes Starz No No Yes (no ABC) FX Movie Channel No Yes $ No Yes Yes No $ Science Yes 2 ($15 option for unlimited) No No Yes Yes Yes Yes Comments No $ $ No No No VH1 No No Animal Planet No No Yes Yes Yes Cheddar Yes Live TV streaming services for cord cutters: How to choose… Yes Yes Yes $50/month for 70+ channels $ $ CBS Sports Network No Yes E! No $ No No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes Sony’s PlayStation Vue has a name problem. It’s a live TV streaming service that doesn’t include “TV” in the name at all. Worse, the name could imply that it only works on Sony’s PlayStation game consoles. So let’s get this out of the way up front: You don’t need a PlayStation to use the PlayStation Vue. It works on numerous smart TVs, media streamers and phones, just like competitors YouTube TV, DirecTV Now and Hulu with Live TV.When PlayStation Vue debuted in 2016 it was the first premium live TV streaming service, with more channels than Sling TV — the only other such service at the time. Sony’s offering still has a lot going for it today, with a powerful, easy-to-use interface and one of the best cloud DVRs available,Unfortunately Vue’s latest price increase to $50 pits it directly against two very talented competitors at the same price: YouTube TV and DirecTV Now. DirecTV Now has the advantage of including HBO, and nearly matching Vue’s channel count, while YouTube TV is my favorite overall at this price, with a superior channel mix and a better DVR than any of them.Ultimately it’s all about channels for the money, and as nice as Vue is to use, it can’t bring enough channels to compete at $50. No No Yes No CNBC Yes $ Yes No $ No No No $ Yes No Yes No No No Yes No Fubo TV ($55) PS Vue ($50) Yes Yes 62 $ Yes $ No No No No No AMC Yes Yes No Yes No PBS $ No Yes Yes No Yes Yes 62 Yes $ $ Yes No Univision No Yes No Yes Yes No No No Yes Aug 31 • Your phone screen is gross. Here’s how to clean it $ Yes Yes No Yes No Yes Yes 38 Yes $ $50/month for 45+ channels No Freeform No No Yes Yes No 3 Paramount Network No No No $50/month, $60/month or $80/month NFL Red Zone No Yes No No No Yes No No No $ $ No No Yes $ No Yescenter_img Yes Yes Yes No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes $ Yes Yes No No No Yes Yes What it isPlayStation Vue is a streaming service designed to replace a cable or other live TV subscription. It has over 50 live channels to watch or record on a wide selection of connected devices. It’s available on the following platforms:PlayStation 4 and PlayStation  3 Roku Players and TVs Amazon Fire TV Apple TV (4th gen)Android TVWeb browsersiOS and Android Amazon Fire HD6 tablets and aboveGoogle Chromecast  No No Fox Sports 2 Yes $ $ No Yes No No Yes Yes $ No No No Yes No No Yes Yes Yes $ No Yes No Yes $ $ Yes Yes No No Hallmark Yes Yes No $ Yes $ $ Yes HLN Yes No Yes No Yes No No No No Yes $ $ No Yes Yes Fox Yes No (Yes with $15 DVR option) $ Yes Yes $ Yes $ Yes Yes Yes No $ Yes Yes Yes No No Yes $ NBC Yes Yes $ Yes Yes $ No No Yes Yes $ Yes No No No Golf Channel Yes No Yes Yes Yes YouTube TV reading • PlayStation Vue review: Live TV that’s not just for gamers Yes Cartoon Network No Yes No $ Yes Yes No Yes Yes No $ $ No DirecTV Now Yes Yes Yes Yes No No Yes Yes Sling Blue ($25) Yes No Yes No $ Yes 36 No No No $ Fox News 5 Yes Disney Junior No No No ESPN 2 Yes Yes Travel Channel Yes Yes Yes Streaming service channel lineup Yes Yes No Yes Yes Step-up packages with more channels Yes Yes No $55/month for 100+ channels No $ $ No $ Boomerang $ Yes FuboTV No Yes No Yes No Yes Yes $ MTV2 No Smithsonian No Yes No Yes No Yes Yes No No No Premium services $ Hulu with Live TV No No $ No No Yes (30GB, 500GB for $10 a month $ Yes Yes No Yes Discovery Channel Oxygen Yes Yes Aug 31 • iPhone XR vs. iPhone 8 Plus: Which iPhone should you buy? • Yes No Yes No No No No Yes No No Yes Yes Yes No Yes $ ABC, CBS, Fox and NBC channels No No Yes, in many markets No No No No Yes Yes No No No Yes No Yes Yes (keep for 28 days) No TNT $ No No ESPNEWS No $ Yes No Yes MLB Network Yes NHL Network No ESPNU CMT Yes No Yes Yes Bloomberg TV Yes Yes Yes Now playing: Watch this: Yes No Yes $ Lifetime Movie Network No No No Yes Yes Yes Yes $ No No No Yes BBC America No Sling Orange ($25) Yes $ No Yes Yes Yes No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes No No $ No FX Yes No No Yes No No No MyNetworkTV Yes $ No Apple Sundance TV No Yes $ $ Yes Yes No No $ FXX Tastemade $ No HBO $ IFC Yes Syfy No No Yes Yes Yes No C-SPAN No No 58 No Yes No Premium live TV services compared Disney XD No No Yes No Yes No HGTV $ Yes No No No Yes Yes Telemundo Yes No No Yes Yes No Fast-forward through or skip commercials with cloud DVR Yes Yes Yes $ Yes $ No Yes No No Yes Yes TLC No Yes Fox Sports 1 Yes Yes No $ Yes Yes $ Yes No No Yes No No NFL Network Yes Yes No No Yes $ No 47 Nat Geo Wild $ No Yes TruTV No Weather Channel $ Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No No Lifetime No Yes No $50/month for 55+ channels $ Yes MSNBC No Yes $ EPIX No No No No No SEC Network ESPN No No Yes Aug 31 • iPhone 11, Apple Watch 5 and more: The final rumors No No $ Yes Yes AT&T Watch TV ($15) USA Network No 2 ($5 option for 3) Yes No Nick Jr. Yes Yes $ Yes Nickelodeon No Yes Yes No No Yes No No Yes Yes Yes No Yes Yes Yes No Yes Yes Yes No No Yes No No No $ Yes Yes Yes Yes No No No No No Yes No No $ Yes PlayStation Vue offers all the features you’d expect from the price, including a TV guide, multiple simultaneous streams, a cloud DVR and on-demand options. Its major weakness is that it doesn’t offer as many of the top 100 channels as any of its competitors except DirecTV Now (which has HBO). Vue and YouTube TV omit many of the same channels, including Animal Planet, Comedy Central, History and Nickelodeon, but Vue also lacks The CW, NBA TV and Sundance TV (all included on YouTube TV) in its base tier. If you want more channels you can get them on Vue, but it will cost you. The basic Access package is $50, the Core package adds sports for $55, while the Elite package at $65 and Ultra package at $85 add even more channels. The price rise of $5 across the board followed similar price rises from competitors including DirecTV Now which added HBO and went up by $10. Meanwhile, Fubo TV went up $10 but added a spate of channels, and YouTube TV also increased by $10. Ty Pendlebury/CNET One of the most intriguing new features for both the PlayStation and Apple TV is Multi View which allows users to watch up to three channels at once (four on Apple TV). You choose one main focused channel with audio and then add auxiliaries, and the interface allows you to switch between them.  What’s it like to use?Perhaps thanks to its gaming origins, the Vue interface is one of the most visually stimulating, with bright menus and large thumbnails. The service is more lively and likable than its biggest competitor YouTube, in my opinion.img-9520 Ty Pendlebury/CNET The channel guide is slightly different depending on which platform you use. It’s arranged vertically with channels across the top on the PlayStation’s interface, but in a more traditional horizontal fashion on Roku. I really liked how the guide condenses into days once you finish the current 24 hours. This allows you to skip to a specific day without having to wade through hours of programs. Smart.img-3155 Ty Pendlebury/CNET The Home screen is essentially composed of One row and one column — the first column is divided up into timeline, recently watched, and currently watching. The next column along is Trending Live TV, then My DVR, then Favorite channels, Sports and finally Featured. The interface can have its quirks, which you’ll need to learn, and this is especially true on the Apple TV. For example, you need to press play to exit a menu and watch a show rather than the usual menu button. Pressing menu continually instead just dumps you out of the program without even a warning prompt.Picture quality was generally good, though, of course it was dependent on the channel. I did notice that Discovery was very soft-looking on Fast ‘N Loud, and the Food Network was a little softer than YouTube TV. Your mileage may vary.Should you get it?PlayStation Vue may not be the most popular service, and it does lack some channels that others offer, but in day-to-day use I like it better than most. The interface is fun and the DVR works very well.Is it worth $50? Maybe. The sins it commits are the sins of omission — it lacks the channel count of its biggest competitor and its DVR isn’t as comprehensive as YouTube TV. Meanwhile, the cheaper services such as Sling Blue and AT&T Watch TV offer the best bargain. No Yes Yes Aug 31 • Verizon vs AT&T vs T-Mobile vs Sprint: Choose the best 5G carrier Yes No Yes 18 Turner Classic Movies Yes Yes PlayStation Vue Amazon AT&T Google Hulu Sony YouTube Applelast_img read more

Tablo Starts Testing Cloud DVR for Cord Cutters With New Device

first_imgNuvyyo, the maker of the Tablo DVR for cord cutters, is beginning to test a new cloud DVR service for over-the-air broadcast TV. The company is testing the new service with its newly-introduced Tablo Dual Lite, which began selling this week for around $140.Users who participate in the test will have their TV recordings automatically uploaded to remote servers operated by Tablo, from which they can be streamed on demand. As part of the test, Nuvyoo is giving eligible users 40 GB of remote storage for free.The new device is virtually identical with the revamped DVR the company introduced close to a year ago. With two tuners, it is capable of recording up to two programs at a time. As a networked DVR, it’s not mean to be plugged into your TV, but instead streams programming to mobile and TV connected devices; Tablo’s DVR app is available for a wide variety of such devices, including Apple TV, Roku and Fire TV. The main difference between the two models: Whereas last year’s version packs 64GB of on-board storage, the Dual Lite has to be equipped with external storage for DVR recordings. It’s also significantly cheaper: The 64GB version retails for $220, and continues to be available online as well as in some retail stores.Nuvyyo is just one of a number of companies trying to reinvent the DVR for cord cutters by allowing them to record over-the-air programming from broadcast networks like ABC, CBS, NBC and Fox without the need for a cable subscription. Other contenders include Plex and ChannelMaster, which recently introduced an Android TV-based DVR.Tablo customers do have to pay an additional subscription fee to make full use of the company’s programming guide, to the tune of $5 a month, or $50 per year. For now, the company isn’t charging users any additional fees for the use of its cloud DVR, with full pricing scheduled to be announced in the coming months. Popular on Variety center_img ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15last_img read more