PlayStation Vue

Best answer: PS Vue, as the kids call it, has four different plans, plus some premium add-ons. You can get the Access plan for $50 a month, the Core plan for $55 a month, the Elite plan for $65 a month, or the Ultra plan for $85 a month. There are over 90 channels for you to enjoy and each plan features their own set where Access has the least and Ultra has them all.

Better streaming: PlayStation Vue Subscription ($50/month at PlayStation Store)

What is PlayStation Vue?

If you want a streaming experience that's almost like traditional cable — that is, more channels in one place — then PlayStation Vue is definitely one you'll want to consider. You get different base channels with each plan, and the prices range from $45 a month (that's about $540 a year) to $80 a month (or about $960 a year).

Note: A $5-a-month increase goes into effect on July 24, 2018, for new subscribers, and July 31, 2018, for existing subscribers. Here's how the new prices will break down:

  • Access ($50): This is the most basic package you can get with PlayStation Vue. You get 45 channels, from AMC to CNN and Fox News, to ESPN and Disney, and more.
  • Core ($55): This package adds in sports channels like MLB Network, NBA TV, NFL Network, and regional sports. You'll also get the Cooking Channel and additional movie channels.
  • Elite ($65): This'll get you BBC World News and a bunch of movie channels (including some great bad movies on demand) that you never knew existed.
  • Ultra ($85): This is everything in the Elite package, but with HBO and Showtime (east and west for both) added in. And that's not a bad deal at $10 each per month, which both of them costing more if you were to get them separately. You'll also have access to the Showtime Anytime app, And HBO Now apps.

PlayStation Vue plans, pricing and channels

Channels Access ($45.99) Core ($54.99) Elite ($64.99) Ultra ($84.99)
ABC On Demand x x x x
Fox on Demand x x x x
NBC On Demand x x x x
AMC x x x x
American Heroes Channel x x
Animal Planet x x x x
BBC America x x x x
BBC World News x x
Big Ten Network x x x
Boomerang x x
Bravo x x x x
Cartoon Network x x x x
CBS Sports Network x x x
Cheddar Business x x x x
CNBC x x x x
CNBC World x x
CNN x x x x
Comet x x x
Cooking Channel x x x
Cozi TV x x x x
Destination America x x x x
Discovery x x x x
Discovery Family x x
Discovery Life x x
Disney Channel x x x x
Disney Junior x x x x
Disney XD x x x x
DIY x x x
E! x x x x
EPIX Hits x x
ESPN x x x x
ESPN College Extra x x x
ESPN Deportes x x
ESPN2 x x x x
ESPN News x x x
ESPN U x x x
Food Network x x x x
Fox Business x x x x
Fox News x x x x
Freeform x x x x
FS1 x x x x
FS2 x x x x
Fusion x x
FX x x x x
FXM x x
FXX x x x x
GinX E Sports TV x x
NBC Golf x x x
Hallmark x x x
Hallmark Drama x x
Hallmark Movies & Mysteries x x
HGTV x x x x
HLN x x x x
IFC x x x
Investigation Discovery x x x x
Law & Crime Trial Network x x x
MLB Network x x x
Motortrend x x
MSNBC x x x x
Nat Geo Wild x x x
National Geographic x x x x
NBA TV x x x
NBCSN x x x x
NFL Network x x x
Olympic Channel x x x
OWN x x x x
Oxygen x x x x
PlayStation Emerging Filmmakers Program x x x x
POP x x x
SCI x x x x
SEC Network x x x
Showtime x
Smithsonian Channel x x x
Sony Movie Channel x x
Spotlight x x x x
Stadium x x
Start TV x x x x
Sundance TV x x x
SYFY x x x x
Tastemade x x x
TBS x x x x
TCM x x x
Telemundo x x x x
Tennis Channel x x
TLC x x x x
TNT x x x x
Travel x x x x
TruTV x x x x
Universal Kids x x
USA x x x x
WeTV x x x x

Standalone channels on PlayStation View

If you just want to go with one of the more basic PS Vue plans and add on from there, you can do it. Here are how the add-on subscriptions break down (all prices monthly, and all have free trials available). And a reminder — the Ultra plan includes HBO and Showtime for just $20 over the elite plan, which saves you $6 a month over subscribing to them separately.

  • Sports Pack ($10): This'll get you Bases Loaded, ESPN Classic, Goal Line, the Longhorn Network, MLB Strike Zone, NESN National (that's New England sports), NFL Red Zone and Outside TV.
  • EPIX Hits ($3): A decent movie add-on. Is included with the Elite and Ultra plans.
  • Español Pack ($4): Spanish-language channels.
  • FX+ ($6): Everything you love from FX, on-demand, and commercial-free.
  • HI-YAH! ($6): Martial-arts and Asian action movies.

You also can add stand-alone premium channels. They include:

  • HBO for $15 a month
  • Showtime for $9 a month
  • Cinemax for $15 a month
  • HBO and Cinemax for $20 a month
  • EPIX Hits and Showtime for $12 a month
  • Fox Soccer Plus for $13 a month

Note that prices may change and are subject to occasional promotions. Now the only question is how to build your best PlayStation Vue bundle.

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PlayStation Vue Monthly Subscription

You've got some decisions to make.

You can get the Access plan for $50 a month, the Core plan for $55 a month, the Elite plan for $65 a month, or the Ultra plan for $85 a month. There are over 90 channels divided between the plans for you to enjoy, giving you seemingly endless abilities for amazing streaming adventures.

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Updated July 1, 2019: PlayStation Vue has announced a $5 across-the-board increase on all its plans.

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