Hulu with Live TV vs. PlayStation Vue: Which One is Right For You? We Take a Look (Updated August 2019)

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When looking at live TV streaming services, two of the major players are Hulu with Live TV and PlayStation Vue. In this updated comparison post, we’re taking a look at both of these services to help you decide which is the best option for you.

Plans and Pricing

While Hulu has several subscription options for ad supported and ad-free viewing, only the Hulu with Live plan offers live channels in addition to the on-demand content you’ll get with the other plans. The Hulu with Live TV plan costs $44.99 per month.

Last month, PlayStation Vue saw a price increase of $5 for each of their plans. These are the current options when signing up for a PlayStation Vue subscription.

  • Access $49.99/month
  • Core $54.99/month
  • Elite $64.99/month
  • Ultra $84.99/month

Channel and Price Comparison

When comparing streaming services, we compare the price per channel to give you an idea of the value you’ll get for the price.

With Hulu with Live TV, you’ll pay $44.99 for 67 channels, bringing the cost to $0.67 per channel. (Keep in mind that this doesn’t include the content you’ll get from Hulu’s on-demand library.)

The PlayStation Vue Core package now costs $54.99 for 79 channels, making the cost about 70 cents per channel.

Channels

While the price per channel can be helpful in comparing the value of each service, the only way to know if one service is better for you than another is by looking at the channels each offers.

Here is a break down of the channels Hulu and PlayStation Vue offer:

HuluPlayStation Vue
ABCNBC
CBSABC
FOXFox
NBCCBS
ABC News LiveAMC
A&EAnimal Planet
Animal PlanetBaby First
Big Ten Network (BTN)BBC America
BoomerangBeIn Sports
BravoBravo
Cartoon NetworkBig Ten Network
CBSCartoon Network
CBSNCBS Sports
CBS Sports NetworkCheddar Business
Cheddar BusinessCNBC
CNBCCNN
CNNComet
CNN InternationalCooking
Cozi TVCozi
CWDestination America
Discovery ChannelDiscovery
Disney ChannelDisney
Disney JrDisney Junior
Disney XDDisney XD
E!DIY
ESPNE!
ESPN2ESPN
ESPNewsESPN College Extra
ESPNUESPN 2
ESPN College ExtraESPN News
ESPN Bases LoadedESPN U
ESPN Goal LineFood Network
FOXFox Business
FOX BusinessFox News
FOX NewsFreeform
Food NetworkFS1
FS1FS2
FS2FX
FreeformFXX
FXNBC Golf
FXMHallmark
FXXHGTV
HGTVHLN
History ChannelIFC
HLNID
Investigation DiscoveryLaw & Crime Trial Network
LifetimeMLB
MSNBCMSNBC
MotorTrendNational Geographic Wild
NBCNational Geographic
NBC GolfNBA TV
NBC SNNBC Sports
National GeographicNFL Network
Nat Geo WildOlympic Channel
Olympic ChannelOWN
OxygenOxygen
PopPlayStation Emerging Filmmakers Program
SEC ESPNPop
Smithsonian ChannelPS Vue Spotlight
SyFySCI
TBSSEC Network
Turner Classic MoviesSmithsonian
TelemundoStart TV
TLCSundance TV
TNTSyFy
Travel ChannelTastemade
Tru TVTBS
Universal KidsTelemundo
USATennis Channel
VicelandTLC
TNT
Travel
Tru TV
Turner Classic Movies
USA
We TV

Simultaneous Viewing

Hulu with Live TV allows users to watch on two devices simultaneously. You can also add the Unlimited Screens add-on for an additional monthly fee. With that, you can watch on as many devices that are connected to your home network as you want. With the add-on, you can also watch on 3 mobile devices simultaneously.

PlayStation Vue will let you watch 5 streams simultaneously. However, you can only watch on 3 away from your home area, including smartphones and tablets.

Cloud DVR

Every Hulu with Live TV subscription comes with 50 hours of Cloud DVR storage to record and watch content. You can also upgrade to the Enhanced Cloud DVR package to increase your storage to 200 hours.

Your PlayStation Vue Core subscription comes with “unlimited” Cloud DVR storage that will allow you to record up to 500 programs. Your content will be saved for 28 days.

Which of these two streaming services are you more likely to choose? Let us know in the comments!

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