DIRECTV NOW vs Sling TV vs PlayStation Vue – We Break Them Down For You

Family watching TVFinding the right live TV streaming service is increasingly confusing as more and more services hit the market. Even in just the month since we last updated we posted there have been several major changes to both services. So we wanted to break them down once again and help you make the decision between DIRECTV NOWSling TV and PlayStation Vue more easily.

Because things keep changing here is your updated look at the DIRECTV NOW, Sling TV, and PlayStation Vue as of November 16th, 2016.

First you should look at which of these services works on the devices you own?

Streaming PlayerSling TVPS VueDIRECTV NOW
RokuXX
Fire TVXXX
Apple TVXXX
ChromecastXXX
iOSXXX
Android Phones/TablesXXX
Android TVX X

Tech Support Options

Have a issue here are the ways you can get help with each service.

SupportSling TV PS VueDIRECTV NOW
PhoneXX
EmailXXX
Live ChatX X
Social MediaXXX
ForumsXX


Next, you should check to see which service has the channels you want?
For now DIRECTV NOW, PS Vue and Sling TV have a similar lineup except for Apple TV. For game systems PS Vue is on PlayStation 3 & 4 and Sling works on the Xbox One.

Both services offer local channels in different markets. You can find a full list of Sling TV local channels and markets HERE. You can find a full list of PlayStation Vue local channels and markets HERE. You can find the local channels for DIRECTV NOW here.

ChannelSling TVPS VueDIRECTV NOW
A&EXX
AMCXXX
American Heroes ChannelXX
Animal PlanetXX
AudienceX
Baby TVX
BBC AmericaXXX
BBC World NewsX XX
Blaze TVX
ChannelSling TVPS Vue DIRECTV
NOW
BETX X
Big Ten NetworkXX
Bloomberg TelevisionX
BoomerangXX
BravoXX X
Campus InsiderX
Cartoon Network/Adult SwimXXX
CentricX
ChillerXX
ChannelSling TVPS Vue DIRECTV
NOW
CinemaxX XX
CheddarX
ClooXX
CMTX X
Comedy TVX
CNBCXXX
CNBC WorldXX
CNNXXX
 AXS TV X
Comcast SportsnetX X X
Comedy CentralXX
Crime & InvestigatinX
Cooking ChannelXXX
ChannelSling TVPS Vue DIRECTV
NOW
Destination AmericaXX
DiscoveryXX
Discovery FamilyXX
Discovery LifeXX
Disney ChannelXXX
Disney JuniorXXX
Disney XDXXX
DIY NetworkXXX
Duck TVX
ChannelSling TVPS Vue DIRECTV
NOW
E!XXX
EPIXX
EPIX Drive-InX
EPIX HitsXX
EPIX2X
ESPNXXX
ESPN 2XXX
ESPN Bases LoadedX
ESPN Buzzer BeaterX
ESPN DeportesXX
ESPN Goal LineXX
ESPN UXXX
ESPN NewsXXX
ChannelSling TVPS Vue DIRECTV
NOW
El ReyXX
EsquireX
EuronewsX
FMX
Fla MaX
Food NetworkXXX
Fox BusinessXX
Fox College SportsX
Fox News ChannelXX
Fox Regional Sports NetworksXXX
ChannelSling TVPS VueDIRECTV
NOW
France 24X
FreeFormXXX
FS1XXX
FS2XXX
FXXXX
FXMXX
FXXXXX
FYIXX
Golf ChannelXXX
Great AmericaX
Hallmark ChannelXX
HBOXXX
ChannelSling TVPS VueDIRECTV
NOW
 HDNet Movies X
HGTVXXX
HistoryXX
Hi-Yah!X
HLNXXX
 GSN XX
IFCXXX
Investigation DiscoveryXX
ChannelSling TVPS VueDirecTV
NOW
LifetimeXX
Lifetime MoviesXX
Local NowX
LogoXX
MachinimaX
MakerX
MGMX
MSNBCXXX
MTVXX
MTV 2XX
ChannelSling TVPS VueDIRECTV
NOW
Nat Geo WildXXX
Nat GeoXXX
NBA TVX XX
NBC Sports NetworkXXX
NFL NetworkXX
NDTVX
NHL NetworkXX
News18X
NewsyXX
NickelodeonX
Nick Jr.XX
NicktoonsXX
ChannelSling TVPS VueDIRECTV
NOW
One World SportsX
Outside TVXX
OWNXX
OxygenXXX
Pursuit ChannelX
Pac-12X
PokerX
Polaris+X X
PopX
RT NetworkX
ChannelSling TVPS Vue DIRECTV
NOW
Science ChannelXX
SEC NetworkXXX
ShowtimeX
Sony Movie ChannelX
SpikeXX
SproutXX
Sundance TVXXX
SyFyXXX
TBSXXX
TeenNickXX
TLCXX
TNTXXX
ChannelSling TVPS VueDIRECTV
NOW
Travel ChannelXXX
Tru TVXXX
Turner Classic MoviesXX X
TV LandXX
UniversalX
UnimasXX
UnivisionXX
USAXXX
VelocityXX
VH1XX
VibrantX
VicelandXX
WE tvXX
 Fox DeportesXX
Weather ChannelX
WeatherNationX

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DVR

DIRECTV NOW has no DVR, but many channels offer limited on-demand. Yet many of them miss random episodes.

PlayStation Vue offers a 30-day DVR and after 30 days the recording is removed.

Sling TV is adding a DVR in December 2016 and most of their channels have on-demand versions of the aired shows. Sling TV will be offering 100 hours of FREE DVR space with no time limit on how long you can keep a recording. No firm date on when the beta will start but it is expected shortly.

Number of Streams

DIRECTV NOW offers two streams.

Sling TV will allow you to stream one or three streams at once depending on what package you sign up for. You can also use your Sling TV login for some apps such as WatchESPN.

PlayStation Vue will work on five devices at once but they must all be in your home network. You can use your PlayStation Vue login on different apps such as WatchESPN.

Access Outside of Your House

PlayStation Vue limits access outside of your home network. You can use the PlayStation Vue login on many networks apps, such as Fox Sports GO and WatchESPN, for access outside of your home network.

Sling TV allows subscribers to login from anywhere in the United States. Sling also works with WatchESPN and has announced that FOX apps will soon also be supported.

DIRECTV NOW offers streaming outside of your house but some local channels and sports channels are limited to your home area.

So what service should you pick?

Hopefully this guide has helped you find the right service. If you are still wondering which is the best for you and your family the best thing to do is to try the free trial for DIRECTV NOWSling TV, and PlayStation Vue offer. Our suggestion is to give them a try and see if you like them. Check each service’s site for current prices because they keep changing. (Note: The PlayStation Vue charges an extra $10 a month for some markets.)

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