PlayStation Vue

If you want a streaming experience that's most like traditional cable — that is, more channels in one place — then PlayStation Vue is definitely one you'll want to consider.

It's not one-size-fits-all, however. PS Vue, as the kids call it, has four plans from which you can choose, with four prices to go along with them, plus some premium add-ons. You get different base channels with each plan, and the prices range from $44.99 a month (that's about $540 a year) to $79.99 a month (or about $960 a year). And the really nice part? PlayStation doesn't play games, with only some channels available on some packages, causing you to spend more than you really want. It simply builds from the least expensive package.

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 ($44.99): 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 ($49.99): 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 ($59.99): 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 ($79.99): 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 ($44.99) Core ($49.99) Elite ($59.99) Ultra ($79.99)
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
CNBC x x x x
CNBC World x x
CNN x x x x
Cooking Channel x x x
Cozi TV x x x x
Decades 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 x x
ESPN x 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
Hi-Yah x x
HLN x x x x
IFC x x x
Impact x x
Investigation Discovery x x x x
MGM HD x x
MLB Network x x x
MSNBC x x x x
Nat Geo Wild 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
POP x x x x
SCI x x x x
SEC Network x x x
Showtime x
Sony x x
Sundance TV x x x
SYFY x x x x
TBS x x x x
TCM x x x
Telemundo x x 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
Velocity 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.
  • HBO MAX Pack ($21.99 a month): That's HBO and Cinemax in one.
  • HBO ($15): The standalone sub for HBO.
  • Cinemax ($15): The standalone sub for Cinemax.
  • Premium Pack ($13.99): You get EPIX Hits and Showtime.
  • Showtime ($10.99): The standalone sub for Showtime.
  • EPIX Hits ($3.99): A decent movie add-on.
  • Español Pack ($4.99): Spanish-language channels.
  • Fox Soccer Plus ($14.99): Live worldwide soccer (and rugby, which isn't soccer but is still way cool).
  • HI-YAH! ($2.99): Martial-arts and Asian action movies.

Now the only question is how to build your best PlayStation Vue bundle.

Updated Aug. 8, 2018: Updated the channel listings with the latest and greatest.

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