Connect with us

PlayStation Vue

PlayStation Vue shutting down January 30

What was once the best streaming service is no more. Sony has announced that it will shut down PlayStation Vue on January 30, 2020, leaving its customers wondering where they’ll be able to get the same superior streaming quality.

In a crowded space with so many options to choose from, many consumers stayed loyal to PlayStation Vue because of its extensive offering of channels (more than any other streaming service) and great features such as Multiview and excellent DVR.

Not surprisingly, Sony didn’t take any of the blame for the failure of PlayStation Vue. According to the company, “Unfortunately, the highly competitive Pay TV industry, with expensive content and network deals, has been slower to change than we expected. Because of this, we have decided to remain focused on our core gaming business.”

However, despite five years of complaints from customers and the industry, Sony failed to fix the number one issue that prevented PlayStation Vue from becoming a more popular streaming service — its name. Instead of renaming the service Sony Vue or something similar, Sony stubbornly decided to keep the PlayStation Vue name even though it confused the public because so many people thought you needed a PlayStation video game system to use the service.

At the end of the day, it’s a shame that PlayStation Vue failed because of poor marketing by Sony, not because of the service itself.

The question is where PlayStation Vue subscribers will turn to next. With so many options available, here are several recommendations (many of which include free trials so former Vue customers can kick the tires):

1) fuboTV. With more than 100 channels and an excellent cloud DVR, fuboTV is the next best thing to PlayStation Vue. While no streaming service is perfect (PlayStation Vue subscribers had their frustrations with their service, too), the only major channel missing from fuboTV is ESPN — however fuboTV does have Univision and TUDN, which other streaming services do not. Overall, fuboTV offers a wide range of channels and a slick and reliable user interface. Free 7-day trial.

2) Hulu + Live TV. Hulu With Live TV couples the live TV offerings with Hulu’s existing library of television series and films for a different type of streaming service. Free trial.

3) Sling TV. Sling TV from DISH prides itself on trying to be the most cost-effective streaming solution available to a general audience. While that goal is lofty, it means that the selection of channels can sometimes become wanting (several major ones are missing). However, there are so many different options and packages available that you may find Sling TV could be a great fit for you. Free 7-day trial.

4) AT&T TV Now. After renaming DIRECTV NOW to AT&T TV Now, the main benefit of the service is the sheer number of channels available in a long list of different packages that are available to suit your need. Although the service is more expensive than others, you get what you pay for with almost every channel imaginable. Free 7-day trial.

5) YouTube TV. With no beIN SPORTS available, YouTube TV isn’t ideal for soccer fans, but it is enticing for consumers looking for entertainment and news options with its 70+ channels. Free trial.

200+ Channels With Sports & News
  • Starting price: $33/mo. for fubo Latino Package
  • Watch Premier League, World Cup, Euro 2024 & more
  • Includes NBC, USA, FOX, ESPN, CBSSN & more
Live & On Demand TV Streaming
  • Price: $69.99/mo. for Entertainment package
  • Watch World Cup, Euro 2024 & MLS
  • Includes ESPN, ESPN2, FS1 + local channels
Many Sports & ESPN Originals
  • Price: $6.99/mo. (or get ESPN+, Hulu & Disney+ for $13.99/mo.)
  • Features Bundesliga, LaLiga, Championship, & more
  • Also includes daily ESPN FC news & highlights show
2,000+ soccer games per year
  • Price: $4.99/mo
  • Features Champions League, Serie A, Europa League & NWSL
  • Includes CBS, Star Trek & CBS Sports HQ
175 Premier League Games & PL TV
  • Starting price: $4.99/mo. for Peacock Premium
  • Watch 175 exclusive EPL games per season
  • Includes Premier League TV channel plus movies, TV shows & more
6 Comments

6 Comments

  1. Jn

    October 30, 2019 at 8:11 am

    My big complaint about Fubo is the lack of the ESPN networks. I like ACC and SEC football just as much as soccer, so switching to PS Vue made sense when beIN sports was added back to the line up. Also, the streaming quality of beIN live channels and the DVR recording overall are better than Fubo.

    I understand why ESPN many never be added to Fubo as it’s family of networks is one of the most expensive ones out there, I can imagine subscription rates going into the AT&T level if they were added.

    Hulu Live TV was a second option for ease of use and picture quality, but it does not carry beIN, NFL Network, or NFL RedZone.

    Has Sling improved at all? Lot’s of picture quality issues and buffering the last time I tried it.

    Sony’s branding of this service was a problem for sure. When I read the news, I was a little shocked considering they had just made a long term deal with Disney, picked up many more locals over the past year, and added back beIN, but with only 500,000 customers, I guess it is not a surprise.

  2. Lovac1

    October 29, 2019 at 11:19 pm

    Playstation Vue is the best streaming service I found out there. It has its issues but still has everything I need with generous DVR. Fubo is good but without ESPN and NHL Network, it’s not worth it for me. The other services also lack some channels I need. I still have hope someone will take it over. Before it shuts down

  3. Greg C

    October 29, 2019 at 10:07 pm

    YouTube TV for $50 and Sling World Sports for $10. Add on ESPN+ for $5. Gets you more football then you can handle and a few extra perks like cricket 🙂

    • DiRT

      November 4, 2019 at 3:38 pm

      This is exactly what I have. Hulu + Live TV has a UI that made me want to set my TV on fire.

      • CTBlues

        November 5, 2019 at 1:47 pm

        The picture quality on Hulu + Live TV is also terrible.

        • DT

          November 5, 2019 at 9:25 pm

          Hulu Live has worked fine for me for over a year. Picture looks perfect on 4-5 different big screen televisions in my house and have only ever had issues 1-2 times where a channel did not work. They did just update the channel guide which is much better than before. Now when I tried Sling that had bad picture quality. Youtube is a descent service and has good picture quality but I can get Hulu Live + no advert Hulu streaming catalog for the same cost.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.

More in PlayStation Vue

Translate »