Sling TV vs PlayStation Vue: Head to Head for Live TV

By Gabriela Vatu / October 20, 2018

We know how difficult it is to figure out what platform to pick when you cut the cord, so if you're trying to weight in Sling TV vs PlayStation Vue, we are here for you.

When we reviewed Sling TV, as well as when we reviewed PlayStation Vue, we noticed just how great both platforms are, offering loads of channels to users, as well as some really great perks. But there are also loads of differences between the platforms and we're going to try and see which those are.

First, let's check out what each platform brings to the table.

Overview Sling TV PlayStation Vue
Bundles Sling Orange ($25/mo), Sling Blue ($25/mo), Sling Orange + Blue ($40/mo) Access ($39.99/mo), Core ($44.99/mo), Elite ($54.99/mo), Ultra ($74.99/mo)
Customization Channel bundles: Kids, Sports, News, Lifestyle, Hollywood, Heartland, International, Espanol, Comedy

Premium channels: HBO, Showtime, Starz, Cinemax, Epix, CuriosityStream, Pantaya, UP Faith & Family, Dove Channel, Stingray Karaoke, Outside TV

Channel Bundles: Sports pack, Espanol Pack

Premium Channels: Epix Hits, HBO, Showtime, Cinemax, Fox Soccer Plus

Device support Apple TV, Roku, Amazon Fire TV, Chromecast, Android TV, AirTV Player, Xiaomi, LG Smart TVs, Samsung Smart TVs, iOS, Android, Fire tablets, Xbox One, Chrome web browser PS3, PS4, Amazon Fire TVs, Android TVs, Apple TV, Chromecast, iOS, and Android smartphones and tablets, and Roku
DVR Up to 50 hours, unlimited storage time. Expandable by another 50 hours with an extra feature 500 programs for 28 days
Free trial Yes, 7 days Yes, 7 days
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Now that that's somewhat clear, let's see what scores both Sling TV and PlayStation Vue got during our reviews.

Criteria Sling TV PlayStation Vue
Channel bundles 10/10 10/10
Customization options 10/10 10/10
Supported features 6/10 10/10
Streaming quality 10/10 9/10
Supported devices 8/10 8/10
Usability 9/10 9/10
Overall Score 8.8/10 9.3/10

The numbers don't fully explain why one platform would win instead of the other, so let's go into depth.

Sling TV vs PlayStation Vue: Side by Side Comparison

The next step in our comparative guide is getting to know these platforms and figuring out which one has the best features. So, let's get to it.

Channel Bundles

Sling TV Orange + Blue

Both platforms offer a rich collection of channels, spread in several bundles.

Winner: It's a tie, here folks! They both offer loads of bundles, each with a lot of channels. You actually have a lot of content for the money, which is obviously a good thing.

Customization Options

PS vue extras

Will you be able to make the service your own? Will you be able to add premium channels? Let's find out!

Winner: Well, can there really be a winner when both platforms are so great at allowing users to customize the service to the max? It's a tie, again!

Supported Features

PS Vue features

Can you DVR any of the content? Will you be able to watch it later on multiple devices? Let's find out.

Winner: PlayStation Vue wins this one by a landslide, thanks to the awesome DVR feature and the way it allows users to watch content on so many devices at the same time.

Streaming Quality

Sling TV

Do you have what it takes to stream live TV without buffering for ages? Let's find out.

Winner: Sling TV takes this one since it's a tiny bit easier on the network than PlayStation Vue, so hopefully you'll be able to enjoy the content even with a poorer network connection.

Supported Devices

PS vue devices

Does the platform you're looking at work on your favorite devices? Let's find out.

Winner: It's a tie! They're both great and they feature one game console each, as well as the rest of the main platforms we've seen on the market.


Sling TV best streaming services

How easy is the platform to use?

Winner: It's another tie! The platforms look so similar nowadays that it's hard to say whichever is better. Ultimately, that's a good sign for users who don't have to "relearn" how to use each platform they try out.

Sling TV vs PlayStation Vue: Which One to Pick

Both platforms are so great, and we've seen so many ties along the way, but PlayStation Vue wins this one thanks to the great features the service brings to the table. So, if you loved PlayStation Vue as much as we did, go ahead and sign up for it.

Final Thoughts

This was a tight battle and we hope you found the one that's right for you and that we helped you make that decision.

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