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.
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:
|ABC News Live||AMC|
|Animal Planet||Baby First|
|Big Ten Network (BTN)||BBC America|
|Cartoon Network||Big Ten Network|
|CBS Sports Network||Cheddar Business|
|Disney Jr||Disney Junior|
|Disney XD||Disney XD|
|ESPNews||ESPN College Extra|
|ESPN College Extra||ESPN News|
|ESPN Bases Loaded||ESPN U|
|ESPN Goal Line||Food Network|
|FOX Business||Fox News|
|Investigation Discovery||Law & Crime Trial Network|
|MotorTrend||National Geographic Wild|
|NBC Golf||NBA TV|
|NBC SN||NBC Sports|
|National Geographic||NFL Network|
|Nat Geo Wild||Olympic Channel|
|Pop||PlayStation Emerging Filmmakers Program|
|Smithsonian Channel||PS Vue Spotlight|
|Turner Classic Movies||Smithsonian|
|Turner Classic Movies|
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.
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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