Sony’s pulling the plug on PlayStation Vue in January

Oct 29, 2019

Sony is pulling the plug on PlayStation Vue.

On January 30, 2020, the company is shutting down the live TV streaming service for good. In our review of PlayStation Vue, we called it the “best streaming service for sports fans.”

“Unfortunately, the highly competitive Pay TV industry, with expensive content and network deals, has been slower to change than we expected,” wrote Sony Interactive President John Kodera in a press release.

“Because of this, we have decided to remain focused on our core gaming business.”

Sony says that PlayStation users will still be able to access content through the PlayStation Store on the game console.

While this news comes as a shock, live TV streaming services have been struggling to turn a profit while luring subscribers. Most have raised prices to keep up with content costs — see AT&T TV NOW’s price hike last week — but PlayStation Vue apparently decided the numbers no longer made sense.

Where should PlayStation Vue subscribers go?

If you’re one of the half-million people currently subscribing to PlayStation Vue, this news probably comes as quite the shock. Fortunately, there are several worthy replacements:

  • Hulu + Live TV ($45/mo.): Best service for most people
  • fuboTV ($55/mo.): Best overall channel lineup, but not good for American sports fans
  • YouTube TV ($50/mo.): Best user experience and a solid channel lineup
  • Sling TV ($25/mo.): A cheaper option with some sports and news
  • AT&T WatchTV ($15/mo.): The best skinny bundle, but no DVR or simultaneous streams

Unfortunately, none of them will be perfect substitutes for PlayStation Vue, especially if you’re subscribing mostly for sports. PlayStation Vue is the only service with each of the NFL Network, MLB Network, NBA TV and NHL Network, so you’ll have to sacrifice a couple of channels no matter what.

If sports are important to you, we recommend switching to YouTube TV or Hulu + Live TV — YouTube if you’re an NBA fan, Hulu if college sports are more important. You might not be able to catch all the games that you did with PlayStation Vue, but they’ll have most of them covered.

For more information on which sports each service covers, you can check out our article on the best streaming services for sports fans.

We’ll continue to provide updates on PlayStation Vue and other services on our streaming page, and you can also follow us along on Facebook and Twitter for the latest news.