It’s 2017, and that means that there are more than a few ways to watch live TV. Gone are the days where cable TV was absolutely essential in order to watch your favorite shows, news and sports. Today, there are various services that allow you to watch live TV without cable. One such service is PlayStation Vue, a $30/month service that works over the internet.
PlayStation Vue is one of the more popular live streaming services, in an industry that is quickly becoming quite crowded. The service offers anywhere from 45+ to 90+ channels, depending on which package you go with. The purpose of this guide is to detail the entire PlayStation Vue channels list, to give you a better idea of what you will get when signing up for this service. Let’s get started!
What is PlayStation Vue?
Let’s not get ahead of ourselves! If you’re a newcomer to this whole cord-cutting thing, it’s understandable if you don’t yet know how these services work. Well, PlayStation Vue is essentially a cable alternative. It gives you a package of channels, all of which you can watch live. Some content is also available on-demand.
The difference between PlayStation Vue and cable TV is that Vue works over the internet. You’ll need a compatible device to use it – like a streaming player (Roku, Apple TV, etc.), a PlayStation console, or a mobile device. Also, PlayStation Vue is contract-free (so it’s easy to cancel PS Vue, if necessary). Plus, it’s a whole lot more affordable than cable, with prices starting at only $30 per month. It’s also competitive price-wise with the PlayStation Vue competitors, like DIRECTV NOW and Sling TV.
What is the PlayStation Vue Channels List?
The PlayStation Vue channels are quite extensive, and similar to what you’d expect from a cable subscription (except cheaper). The important thing to note is that there are different PlayStation Vue plans, each of which offers a different channel package.
So, what channels are on PlayStation Vue, exactly? We’ll break down the PS Vue channels list in the section below (broken down into the different plans that are available).
PlayStation Vue Channels in the Access Slim Package
Package: Access Slim
Price: $30 per month, no contract required
Free trial? Free 5-day trial available
Number of Channels: 45+ channels
Best For: This is PS Vue’s budget package, offering a great basic package of 45+ channels. It’s best for folks who are happy with the basic PS Vue channels list, and who don’t need the full selection of options.
Access Slim Channels List: ABC (on demand everywhere, live in select markets), FOX (on demand everywhere, live in select markets), NBC (on demand everywhere, live in select markets), AMC, Animal Planet, BBC America, Bravo, Cartoon Network, CNBC, CNBC World, CNN, Destination America, Discovery, Discovery Family, Disney, Disney Jr, Disney XD, DIY Network, E!, ESPN, ESPN2, Food Network, FOX Business, FOX News, Freeform, FS1, FS2, FX, FXX, HGTV, HLN, Investigation Discovery, MSNBC, National Geographic, NBCSN, OWN, Oxygen, Pop, Sci, SyFy, TBS, TLC, TNT, Travel Channel, TruTV, USA, and WE TV.
PlayStation Vue Channels in the Core Slim Package
Package: Core Slim
Price: $35 per month, no contract required
Free Trial? Free 5-day trial available
Number of Channels: 60+ channels
Best for: This package is a solid step up from the basic package, and at only $5 more per month, it’s a great deal. It adds around 15 channels, many of which are important for sports fans (like NBA TV, MLB Network, NFL Network, and regional sports networks).
Core Slim Channels List: This package contains all of the channels listed above in the Access package, plus: BeIn Sports, Big Ten Network, CSN regional sports networks, FOX Sports regional sports networks, ESPNEWS, ESPNU, Golf Channel, IFC, MLB Network, NBA TV, NFL Network, SEC Network, Sundance TV, and TCM.
PS Vue Channels in the Elite Slim Package
Package: Elite Slim
Price: $45 per month, no contract required
Free trial? Free 5-day trial available
Number of Channels: 90+ channels
Best for: The Elite Slim package is best for folks who want more selection. It adds some 30+ new channels, mostly consisting of sports, movie and entertainment networks. At $45 a month, it’s more pricey, but still far cheaper than cable.
Elite Slim Channels List: This package contains all the channels listed above in the Core Slim package, plus: American Heroes Channel, BBC World News, Boomerang, Chiller, CNBC World, Cooking Channel, Discovery Life, Epix Hits, ESPN Deportes, ESportsTV, Esquire Network, FOX College Sports Atlantic, FOX College Sports Central, FOX College Sports Pacific, Fusion, FXM, Hi-Yah, Impact, Machinima, MGMhd, Nat Geo Wild, Eleven Sports, Outside Television, Polaris, Sony Movie Channel, Sprout, Universal HD, and Velocity.
PS Vue Channels in the Ultra Slim Package
Package: Ultra Slim
Price: $65 per month, no contract required
Free trial? Free 5-day trial available
Number of Channels: 93+ channels
Best for: The Ultra Slim package is best for folks who want the most selection possible, including premium channels. It takes all 90+ channels that are included in the Elite Slim package, and adds HBO and Showtime networks.
Ultra Slim Channels List: This package contains all the channels listed above in the Elite Slim package, plus: HBO and Showtime.
Expanding Your PlayStation Vue Channels List
The PS Vue Channels list can be further expanded in a couple of ways. First, there are two add-on packages that can be added on to your package. These include:
As you can see, EPIX hits can be added on for $3.99 per month (or $2.99 per month if you’re a PlayStation Plus member). The Espanol pack can be added for $4.99 per month ($3.99 per month for PS+ members).
In addition, there are standalone channels that you can subscribe to. These can be added to your existing subscription to expand your PlayStation Vue channels list – or, they can be subscribed to on their own, without a plan.
HBO – $15/month
Showtime – $10.99/month ($8.99/month for PS+ Members)
Cinemax – $15/month
FOX Soccer Plus – $14.99/month ($12.99/month for PS+ Members)
Epix Hits + Showtime – $13.99/month ($11.49/month for PS+ Members)
Polaris – $2.99/month ($1.99/month for PS+ Members)
HBO + Cinemax – $21.99/month ($19.99/month for PS+ Members)
You can try any of these standalone channels with a free 7-day trial.
What About PlayStation Vue Local Channels?
PlayStation Vue offers local channels like NBC, ABC, CBS, and FOX, as well as regional sports networks, to fans living in select cities. Availability varies depending on where you live. Vue does not publish the specific areas where each channel is offered, unfortunately. You can, however, search by your ZIP code to see what’s available in your area. Click here to find out.
For PS Vue local channels, there are a couple of things to keep in mind. For areas that offer these channels, the PS Vue cost is generally a bit higher than the published price (usually $10/month extra). Second, you’ll only get the channels relevant to your area. And third, Vue is constantly expanding, so any PlayStation Vue channels list you see that includes local channels is likely out of date. It’s best to just check on the official website (and sign up for a free 5-day trial while you’re at it) to see what is offered.
Lastly, another important thing to keep in mind is that even if a local channel is not available live in your area, you should still be able to get on-demand content from that channel. So, for example, if you want to watch NBC but don’t live in an area where Vue offers NBC, you can still watch NBC shows on-demand. This generally doesn’t work for sporting events, however – only shows and other non-sports content. You can check out the FAQs for more details.
PlayStation Vue Channel List: Bottom Line
Overall, we rank PS Vue as one of the best streaming services out there. It offers a premium lineup of channels, covering virtually everything that you’d want to watch. The basic package is sufficient for most folks, but for many the $35/month Core Slim package provides the best value. This is especially true for sports fans, as the Core package adds tons of important sports networks.
In the end, it’s up to you to review the PlayStation Vue channels list and select the package that works best for you. Remember, you can try the service out for free with a 5-day free trial, so you have nothing to lose! Let us know if you have any questions.
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