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Our First Look at PlayStation Vue’s New Guide


It looks like PlayStation Vue has quietly updated their Fire TV and Android TV app to bring a new guide to the Fire TV.

Here is a hands on look at the new guide:

This new PlayStation Vue app on the Fire TV comes after Sony recently started to add more Fox and CBS locals to their PlayStation Vue live TV streaming service.

Sony has been hinting at new features and locals are on their way ever since they announced the end of their Slim plans. “The transition to standard pricing for all markets was always part of our roadmap since we launched PlayStation Vue nationwide and began rolling out local broadcast affiliates in markets with Slim plans.” This statement was sent to CNET.

So this is likely only one step in a bigger plan by Sony to improve PlayStation Vue.

What changes would you like Sony to make? Leave us a comment and let us know what you would like to see.

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  • Charlie Gonzales

    More people use a Roku. Fix that antiquated POS. They have the best features and the crappiest app.

  • D. Cole

    Locals has always been first, or at least as long as I can remember

  • Gregory

    They’ve never had a grid guide for Roku and really need to improve that app!!

  • Pebo Bryson

    That’s an improvement? What did it look like before?

  • Karl Childers

    For some reason I was thinking that PSVue always displayed your favorite channels first (they just didn’t tell you that’s how they were displayed or give you the option to change it). I remember this because after I chose my favorites, which was a painful process compared to DTVNow, it seemed like a bunch of channels disappeared from the guide. Then I realized that the non-favorite channels were being pushed to the end.

    Adding the current time is a step in the right direction but the horizontal orientation is still too awkward for me. Plus, what’s with using the same show thumbnaill for every episode in the DVR / OnDemand? Why can’t these services just show you a list broken down by season after you’ve selected a certain show much like Netflix, HBO Go, or virtually every cable DVR for that matter?

  • Paul Cernech

    Nothing new here. As I submitted to you guys a while back only recent change is the live view window! It always has listed faves first as you have to scroll over right to get to other Channels. Current time red line always there also.

    • Whats new here is the time on the red line. Not a crazy new addition but its new.

      • Paul Cernech

        Hardly worthy of a “new guide” title article I’d dare say.

  • mnsportsgeek

    I hope the new DTVN platform has a live view in the corner of the guide.

  • frerx

    Glad Vue is trying to improve some things – hope they ramp up the pace. On an Amazon Fire TV, a few changes that have been on my wishlist…

    1) On the guide, I get that they’re trying to emphasize what’s on “right now” rather than what was just on or what’s ahead, but the presentation makes it challenging to read info about upcoming programs, due to the poor choice of a black grid box with very dark gray text against it. Even when I move the “blue box” to one of the darker cells of a program coming up, it still stays dark, when intuitively, I would think that when a user specifically moves the blue box to a particular show, that box should somehow brighten up. I’d suggest making all of the grid content brighter, and maybe just choose some other way of designating what’s “live” (highlighting, etc.).

    2) When viewing a program – when you hit pause or you fast forward – Vue puts “most” of the on-screen text in bright white so it’s readable (since it’s set against a dark color block). What’s the one piece of content that’s in the faintest of soft gray, and the tiniest font, so it’s tough to read? The cue time of the program and the total program length. (for example: 45:38/60:00) At the very least, they should put that timing info in bright white like the other on-screen info (some of which seems less significant than the cue time).

    3) I wish that the Live TV line of the menu could be set to sort by favorite channels (or recent channels). Having a separate Channels line would be kind of redundant then, and would clean up the menu by getting rid of it. If they’re going to keep the Channels line, I wish it would automatically start by showing my most recent channels. Instead, I have to click to the right 10 times to get past channels that I did mark as favorites, but ones I don’t watch as much as others. It takes that many clicks to get to Recent Channels currently. Vue also needs to make a user’s choice of sorting settings “stick” between the choices I make on the full grid of a given category, and the abbreviated horizontal lines of the home page. No matter what settings I choose on the grid page, Vue will sort the same categories of info as it chooses on the home page. For example, if I don’t want Live TV sorted by “most popular,” please remember that on the home page.

    4) For the cloud DVR, I’d love for it to function more like a TiVo, but in the meantime, it would be great if there were at least a way for the user to check-mark individual episodes that have been recorded to the cloud DVR for a customized “Watch List,” which would make it much easier to systematically manage and watch recorded episodes that I’m most interested in, without having to wade through the cumbersome menus each time. This would be especially useful in the case of shows that have had a lot of seasons (on HGTV, ID, etc.), since they often have new recordings from old seasons, but they aren’t marked as “new” since they first aired years ago. Would also be nice if there would be an option in the settings saying, “don’t show episodes that I’ve already watched in full.”

  • icwhatudidthere

    Improvements to PS Vue? How about fixing all the mobile restricted channels so you can actually use the service remotely? I can’t remember the last time I was actually able to use the service outside my house.

  • Why is every single title click bait? Even on one as simple as a member of their staff getting a Vue trial to get pics, they say OUR first look and then post pics from a Reddit user. CCN is as honest as CNN at this point.

  • Wally Ariss

    The only issue I’ve had with PS Vue is the way the DVR works. I would like to see more manual control added to it like options of starting recordings a little bit earlier than a scheduled start time or being able to extend recording time beyond the scheduled program end time. I’m a NASCAR fan and very often the races run past the scheduled time. I often miss seeing final laps and the race outcome because the event lasts 3 hrs and 20 mins when it was only scheduled for 3 hours. Frustrating. My only complaint about PS Vue but, to me, it’s a big one.

    • icwhatudidthere

      Yeah, same issue for me with F1 races. Sometimes rain delays will push the race start so the end of the race gets chopped off.

      It’d be nice to manually set it to record an extra 30 minutes for sports events or at least 5 minutes for regular shows.

  • texpoke

    Really Pissed. I signed up with this Playstation Vue using the new Roku stick. They have no CHANNEL GUIDE. I canceled PSV the same day and signed up with DirectTV NOW. They have an excellent guide. But they only allow two stream (Big Rip) with no opportunity to purchase more. They say just sign up for another account and double your payment to us.

  • Dennis Scheiding

    I”m having some issues with the new app when I try and go back to watch a different channel. Also…..I wish the Stations names would be a little smaller and what is playing on that channel put in larger print.