DirecTV Now vs PlayStation Vue

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DirecTV Now vs PlayStation Vue


Cord cutting has been on the rise since Internet TV was introduced to the masses. This has been largely boosted by the increasing number of people who like to binge-watch their favorite TV shows and catch up on missed episodes via Cloud DVR, with no annoying commercial breaks. With so many service providers and packages on the market today, it is very easy to be swayed into subscribing to bogus providers and miss out on the good stuff.

Today we shall look at how the DirecTV Now compares to the PlayStation Vue in terms of price comparison and eventually help you make a decision whether to subscribe to the DirecTV Now or PlayStation Vue.

DirecTV Now

AT&T has gone all out on its newest TV subscription service, DirecTV Now. The internet-based TV service enables subscribers to stream Apple TV; however, this plan only applies to customers who pay subscription packages of at least three months. Monthly subscription packages on DirecTV Now costs $35, a very reasonable price if you ask me. Such a subscription allows you to watch over 100 channels from big names such as HBO, AMC, etc. in addition to that; subscribers get a free 7-day trial.

PlayStation Vue

Sony’s Internet TV platform performs equally as good; however, there are some aspects about the subscription service which I did not like. One, the fact that the service is only available to select states, Two, its insanely high monthly packages, Three, the fact that you pay more for less, as compared to the DirecTV Now. Despite all those negative aspects around these packages, PlayStation Vue offers Cloud DVR, enabling subscribers to catch up on missed shows and is supported on numerous platforms.

Package Comparison

Channel DirecTV Now Package Vue Package
A&E Live a Little N/A
ABC Yes or VOD Yes or VOD
AMC Live a Little Access
American Heroes Go Big Elite
Animal Planet Live a Little Access
Audience Live a Little N/A
AXS TV Live a Little N/A
Baby TV N/A N/A
BBC America Live a Little Access
BBC World News Go Big Elite
beIN Sports N/A Core
BET Live a Little N/A
Bloomberg TV Live a Little N/A
Boomerang Gotta Have It Elite
Bravo Live a Little Access
BTN Just Right Core
Campus Insiders N/A N/A
Cartoon Network/Adult Swim Live a Little Access
CBS N/A Yes or VOD
CBS Sports N/A N/A
Centric Go Big N/A
Cheddar N/A N/A
Chiller Gotta Have It Elite
Cinemax PREMIUM ($5/month) PREMIUM
Cloo Gotta Have It Elite
CMT Live a Little N/A
CNBC Live a Little Access
CNBC World Just Right Elite
CNN Live a Little Access
Comedy Central Live a Little N/A
Comedy.TV Just Right N/A
Cooking Channel Just Right Elite
CSPAN Live a Little N/A
Destination America Go Big Access
Discovery Channel Live a Little Access
Discovery Family Go Big Access
Discovery Life Go Big Elite
Disney Channel Live a Little Access
Disney Junior Live a Little Access
Disney XD Live a Little Access
DIY Go Big Access
Duck TV N/A N/A
E! Live a Little Access
El Rey Network Gotta Have It N/A
Encore Gotta Have It N/A
EPIX Drive-in N/A N/A
ESPN Live a Little Access
ESPN 2 Live a Little Access
ESPN Bases Loaded N/A N/A
ESPN Buzzer Beater N/A N/A
ESPN Deportes N/A Elite
ESPN Goal Line N/A N/A
ESPNEWS Just Right Core
ESPNU Just Right Core
Esquire N/A Access
Euro News N/A N/A
Flama N/A N/A
Food Network Live a Little Access
Fox Yes or VOD Yes or VOD
Fox Business Live a Little Access
Fox College Sports Atlantic N/A Elite
Fox College Sports Central N/A Elite
Fox College Sports Pacific N/A Elite
Fox News Live a Little Access
Fox Sports 1 Live a Little Access
Fox Sports 2 Go Big Access
Fox Sports Prime Ticket Just Right N/A
France 24 N/A N/A
Freeform Live a Little Access
Fuse Just Right N/A
Fusion Just Right Elite
FX Live a Little Access
FXM Go Big Elite
FXX Live a Little Access
FYI Go Big N/A
Galavision Live a Little N/A
Golf Channel Go Big Core
GSN Just Right N/A
Hallmark Live a Little N/A
Hallmark Movies & Mysteries N/A N/A
HBO PREMIUM ($5/month) PREMIUM, Ultra
HDNet Movies N/A N/A
HGTV Live a Little Access
Hi-Yah N/A Elite
History Live a Little N/A
HLN Live a Little Access
IFC Just Right Core
Ion N/A N/A
Impact N/A Elite
Investigation Discovery Live a Little Access
JusticeCentral.TV Just Right N/A
Lifetime Live a Little N/A
LMN Just Right N/A
Local N/Aw N/A N/A
Longhorn Network Just Right Core
Machinima N/A Elite
Maker N/A N/A
MGM-HD N/A Elite
MLB Network Just Right N/A
Motors TV N/A N/A
MSNBC Live a Little Access
MTV Live a Little N/A
MTV Classic Go Big N/A
MTV2 Live a Little N/A
Nat Geo Wild Go Big Elite
National Geographic Live a Little Access
NBA TV Go Big Core
NBC Yes or VOD Yes or VOD
NBC Sports Network Just Right Access
NDTV 24/7 N/A N/A
News 18 India N/A N/A
Newsy N/A N/A
NFL Network N/A Core
NFL Red Zone N/A PREMIUM (Core and up)
NHL Network Go Big N/A
Nick Jr. Live a Little N/A
Nickelodeon Live a Little N/A
Nicktoons Live a Little N/A
ONE World Sports N/A Elite
Outdoor Channel N/A N/A
Outside Television N/A Elite
OWN Just Right Access
Oxygen Just Right Access
Palladia N/A Elite
Poker Central N/A Elite
Polaris N/A Elite
POP N/A Access
Revolt Go Big N/A
RFD TV Live a Little N/A
Russia Today N/A N/A
Science Just Right Access
SEC Network Just Right Core
Showtime N/A PREMIUM, Elite
Spike Live a Little N/A
Sprout Go Big Elite
Starz Gotta Have It N/A
Sundance TV Go Big Core
Syfy Live a Little Access
TBS Live a Little Access
TCM Live a Little Core
Teen Knick Live a Little Elite
Telemundo Live a Little Access
Tennis Channel Go Big N/A
The Weather Channel Live a Little N/A
TLC Live a Little Access
TNT Live a Little Access
Travel Channel Just Right Access
truTV Live a Little Access
TV Land Live a Little N/A
TVG Go Big N/A
Universal HD N/A Elite
Univision Live a Little N/A
Univision Deportes Gotta Have It N/A
Univision Mas Just Right N/A
USA Network Live a Little Access
Velocity HD Live a Little Elite
VH1 Live a Little N/A
VH1 Classic N/A Elite
Vibrant TV N/A N/A
Viceland Live a Little N/A
WE tv Live a Little Access
WeatherNation Live a Little N/A

Summary of Price Comparison and Much More

DirecTV Now

  • Service Provider: DirecTV and AT&T
  • Release Date: November of 2016
  • Accessibility: Coast-to-coast
  • Platforms: Yet to be Disclosed

Channels & TV Network Aired:

Galavision, Univision, Unimas, Fox, MundoFox, CBS, HDNet Movies, the Hallmark Channel, Sonny Movie Channel, TNT, Bravo, Cartoon Network, Nickelodeon, TV Land, TruTV, Travel Channel TBS, MTV, MTV 2, Food Network, Golf and Fox, just to mention a few.

Cloud DVR: Enabled

Price: $35 per month

Subscribers: Yet to be Disclosed

PlayStation Vue Summary

  • Service Provider: Sony
  • Release Date: March of 2015
  • Accessibility: Chicago, Los Angeles, Miami, New York, Philadelphia, San Francisco and Dallas.
  • streaming Platforms: IOS, Chromecast, Amazon Fire TV, Fire TV Stick, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3

Vue’s Channel List:

Major broadcast channels such as HBO, Showtime, Epix, ESPN, AMC, CN as well as Viacom Channels.

Cloud DVR: Enabled

Price: $39.99-$54.99 per month

Subscribers: Yet to be Disclosed


Overall, I highly recommend DirecTV Now over PlayStation Vue. Packages from AT&T/DirecTV are accessible all over the country to numerous viewers, the content broadcasted over the platform covers a different popular TV channels and it is generally cheaper than PlayStation Vue. So what’s it going to be, DirecTV Now or PlayStation Vue?