After you’ve grown accustomed to cable TV for many years, cutting the cord can seem like a daunting task.
And with so many streaming services to consider, it may be hard to know where to begin.
Luckily, we’ve put together a quick breakdown on what you can expect from cable replacement services like PlayStation Vue vs. Hulu + Live TV. Take a look at how both services compare when it comes to important features like plan offering, DVR capabilities and compatibility with the devices you already own.
|Starting price||$44.99/mo.* with Access plan||$44.99/mo.* for standard plan|
|Channels||50+ channels depending on plan||60+ live and On Demand channels|
|Premium and international add-ons||$2.99/mo.- $21.99/mo.*||$4.99/mo.- $14.99/mo.*|
|Simultaneous streams||Up to five devices; Number of streams vary based on device||Up to two streams included or upgrade to premium for unlimited screens|
|Cloud DVR||Free My DVR to save up to 500 programs for a maximum of 28 days||Cloud DVR included with up to 50 hours of storage for 30 days|
|Device compatibility||PlayStation 3 and 4 consoles, Roku players and TVs (firmware 7.7 and up), Amazon Fire TVs, Apple TV (4th gen running tvOS 11.0 and up), Android TVs, Chrome, Firefox, Safari and Microsoft Edge web browsers, iOS devices (iOS 9 or higher), Android phones and tablets (Android OS version 5.0 and up), Amazon Fire HD6 tablets and up and Google Chromecast||Apple TV (4th generation and up), Chrome browsers, Chromecast, Fire TV and Fire TV Stick, iPhone and iPad, LG TV (WebOS 3.0 and up), Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Samsung TV (select models), Vizio SmartCast TVs and Xbox One|
|Extra perks||Five-day free trial||Seven-day free trial, On-Demand service included with live TV plan|
* Pricing per month plus taxes for length of contract. Additional fees and terms may apply. Pricing varies by location and availability. All prices subject to change at any time. May or may not be available based on service address. Speeds may vary. As of 05/30/19.
Best network selection: PlayStation Vue
In the matchup of PlayStation Vue vs. Hulu + Live TV, both offer basic and top-tier plans with a variety of major networks, so you won’t miss your cable or satellite TV service. If you’re more of a sports fan or lean towards premium channels, customize your service with add-ons for an additional monthly price. However, add-ons can add up, and if you’re not careful, you may be signing up for a bill that looks a lot like your old cable one.
PlayStation Vue offers four ad-free plans, which they differentiate by the number of networks included in the base package. Hulu + only offers two plans — one with and one without ads (plus unlimited streams). If your household enjoys more content, PlayStation Vue may be the most cost-effective option, assuming premium channels aren’t a top priority.
Best experience: PlayStation Vue
Both PlayStation Vue and Hulu + will do an adequate job of replacing traditional TV service unless your entertainment preferences go beyond the standard network lineup. That’s where the PlayStation Vue service excels.
PlayStation Vue offers four plans of varying channel counts, which makes it less likely for subscribers to need add-ons to get their fill of entertainment. The plans Hulu + has to offer are the standard one with ads and a more expensive one without. So if you’re craving more sports or international content, you’ll need to compensate with add-ons.
PlayStation Vue subscribers can also look forward to more DVR storage and more simultaneous streams if those features are high on your priority list.
Best value: PlayStation Vue
So, in the battle of PlayStation Vue vs. Hulu + Live TV, the PlayStation Vue provides the best value for cord-cutting customers looking to trim costs without sacrificing content. With more DVR storage, device streams and base plans to choose from, subscribers can shop a selection of plans depending on their entertainment preferences, and go a bit further with customizations for a more personal touch.
Take advantage of the free trial offers from either plan to assess which service is the best for you. You may find that you’re happy with a standard plan with a few more channels, which Hulu + Live TV can also offer.