Cut The Cord: The Best Television Streaming Services
PlayStation Vue is hands-down one of my absolute favorite streaming television services because it mimics a traditional cable service without the cringe-worthy monthly bill. Get all your favorite channels, including most regional sports (a requirement in my household), premium movie channels, and all your cable must-haves, by selecting a plan and adding any additional premium channels and add-ons.
Access Plan $39.99/month
The most basic plan is the Access Plan, which includes local channels and your standard cable favorites like Food Network, SyFy, FXX, DIY, E!, HGTV, Travel Channel, and ESPN.
Core Plan $44.99/month
The Core Plan adds additional sports coverage from channels like ESPN News, NFL Network, ESPN U, MLB Network, and regional Fox Sports. You will also get access to TCM and IFC at this price tier. Brockmire, anyone? (Note: that link will take you to a YouTube video that is not safe for work, hence the reason it was not embedded below.)
Elite Plan $54.99/month
The Elite Plan includes even more movie channels and family programming from epix, BBC World News, Discovery Life, Sprout, FXM, and Velocity.
Ultra Plan $74.99/month
The Ultra Plan is the highest tier of service. It offers over 90 channels, including National Geographic, several alternate channels, and two premium movie channels, HBO and Showtime.
PlayStation Vue offers what some other streaming television providers lack – access to local sports, news, and nearly every standard cable channel. They don’t tie you down with an annual contract and even offer a free 5-day trial to get you started.
All plans include access to a cloud DVR and on demand programming, which allows you to add your favorite shows and watch them when you want. You can watch on up to 5 devices at a time, so one subscription gives your entire family access.
You can subscribe in the service even if you don’t actually have a PlayStation. The experience is better on the PlayStation, but it’s not a requirement. You just need to register for a PlayStation Network account online and all changes can be made from your computer.
When you set up your PlayStation Vue subscription, you will have to set your home location for service. Some channels, like local sports, may not allow you to stream service outside of your home location. This means you do not have full access to all channels away from home. You will also have to change your home location if you move, and PlayStation advises you not to try to change it more than once or your account may be blocked. This is to prevent you from allowing access to people outside of your home. Truthfully, it’s a bit of a pain, and even something as simple as changing your router may be enough to cause problems. Yes, I know that from personal experience.
If you are looking for a cable experience without cable prices, PlayStation Vue may be exactly what you are looking for. You can access local sports and premium movie channels at a fraction of the cost. It may not be suitable for people who move around a lot, like those in the military, or someone who just wants to subscribe to a few channels and call it good.