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PlayStation Vue No Longer Offers a Free Trial for Ultra Plans

Recently PlayStation Vue quietly made a change to their free trial on their Ultra plans: They dropped it.

Sony has not explained why they made the change, but it is likely an effort to keep costs down. Some time ago Sony dropped the PlayStation Vue free trial from 7 days down to 5. That helped Sony keep the cost of free trials down.

With HBO and other premium channels being a part of the Ultra plans, it is a far more expensive package for Sony to offer a free trial on.

This is likely also an effort to fight a growing trend of trial hopping, the subscriber practice of jumping from service to service trying out free trials without any plans to pay for it. This forces services like PlayStation Vue to pay content providers for the usage and not receive anything in return.

The practice of trial hopping has become a growing concern for the industry as a whole. Several services have started to ask for phone numbers or other information to fight it.

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22 Responses to PlayStation Vue No Longer Offers a Free Trial for Ultra Plans

  1. William January 13, 2018 at 8:18 am #

    It’s the nature of the beast. With no contract, early termination fees, equipment to buy, etc., of course people are going to trial hop. It’s not like conventional TV where the aforementioned things apply, and the user is pretty much locked into one provider for a considerable amount of time.

    At this point in the game, there is no clear winner or looser as far as streaming TV is concerned. Content, DVR ability, local stations, etc. all change nearly weekly. Until the dust settles, people are going to trial hop until the streaming TV market stabilizes.
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    • bellsfolly January 13, 2018 at 5:56 pm #

      The clear winner here being US…with lots of choices, and more coming all the time it seems. The stranglehold on the consumer has ended–just hope it stays that way.

  2. filmex January 13, 2018 at 8:22 am #

    Makes sense to me. You don’t need anything more than the lowest tier to get a feel for a streaming service. You certainly don’t need free HBO to figure out if you like Vue.
    Meanwhile, DTVN/AT&T will give you anything up to free sausages in an effort to rope you in.

    • Nathan John Ganiere January 13, 2018 at 10:20 am #

      haha, yep even free apples to eat, oh I mean Apple TVs……

    • Dean G January 13, 2018 at 11:11 am #

      DTVN does not give you free HBO or Showtime on a trail, you have to pay for it. I’m on a 30 day free trial once again with them.

      • filmex January 13, 2018 at 2:03 pm #

        It’s AT&T that gives away HBO with their unlimited wireless plan.

        • Dean G January 13, 2018 at 8:30 pm #

          Ok, but that as nothing whatsoever to do with the topic at hand.

          • filmex January 13, 2018 at 9:43 pm #

            You seem to be the expert as to the topic at hand, and its limitations. Thank you.

          • Dean G January 13, 2018 at 9:48 pm #

            Story is about free trials, not what you get for being a subscriber to a cell phone company. Not an expert but clearly one able to stay on topic. You may want to try it some time. If you want to get snarky helps if you are on topic, it works better. You’re welcome BTW

      • TaiPeng January 13, 2018 at 8:16 pm #

        It’s only $5 with DTVN though. PS Vue charges $15.

        • Dean G January 13, 2018 at 8:31 pm #

          And? I know but that has nothing to do with the topic at hand.

  3. Fred Koot January 13, 2018 at 8:50 am #

    The only thing Vue needs to do is make locals optional and bring back the slim plans.

    • Rlee January 13, 2018 at 10:18 am #

      Many of us got the price increase and still only have one local.

      • Nathan John Ganiere January 13, 2018 at 10:21 am #

        heard some got the increase, and have zero locals……

    • bellsfolly January 13, 2018 at 5:53 pm #

      I agree, and like others…got the increase in price but only one local. But the Slim plans are simply never going to come back, I don’t think. I still like PSV better than anything else I’ve tried.
      Actually, I think they would be better served by getting rid of the Core package, and adding those channels to the Access package. It would simplify things, by getting reducing a cluttered field of packages. Plus, would make their base package much more attractive (providing they kept the $39.99 price, which definitely needs to happen.)
      Just my two cents.

  4. Fred Koot January 13, 2018 at 8:57 am #

    Means nothing because they still give Hbo and Showtime free trials

  5. Dean G January 13, 2018 at 11:12 am #

    The only real difference between the Ultra and Elite is the HBO and Showtime included in Ultra. I don’t believe any OTT gives you free HBO and Showtime on a free trial.

  6. John Hixson January 13, 2018 at 11:29 am #

    My wife wants to keep Vue but I’m sick of it. They keep changing the channels and raising the costs. I wake up this morning and see they took away my DIY! Oh I can upgrade to the higher cost. Hurry OTA 3.0, your our only hope.

    • cyn January 14, 2018 at 10:06 am #

      For $16 you can get Philo with DIY & other channels not on PS Vue like –
      A&E
      Comedy Central
      FYI
      GSN
      Hallmark
      History
      Lifetime
      MTV
      & many more

  7. bellsfolly January 13, 2018 at 5:44 pm #

    No reason to give a free trial for the Ultra package anyway…it’s simply the Elite package plus HBO and Showtime. The point of a free trial is to see how you like the service, not give you free access to premium channels. Like Fred mentioned below…HBO & Showtime already offer free trials.

  8. TaiPeng January 13, 2018 at 8:14 pm #

    Paid trials. PS Vue keeps raising prices wothout adding any kind of services to justify the cost. Consantly losing channels because they are too cheap to maintain content is just one of many reasons whyvtgey will fail this yearbon next year. The service may have DVR but it is failing to compete.

  9. Tom Austen January 15, 2018 at 11:06 am #

    According to some of the posts here, some people still cling to the myth that Sony “keeps raising prices.” There was only one increase which only affected certain customers. In hindsight, it was probably a mistake for Sony to offer the Slim discount in the first place, as many people who lost it can’t stop bitching about it. Whether they got anything in return for the extra $10 seems to depend on where they live. That issue might have been avoided if the FCC rule requiring cable and satellite companies to provide local channels had been made to apply to OTT services as well.

    You can thank content provider greed at least in part for “constantly losing channels.” I never watched the Viacom 13 anyway, and Sony has replaced almost everything that was lost through money and contract disputes. The reshuffling of channel line-ups happened to me often when I had traditional cable, so it didn’t surprise me when Sony had to jump through the same hoops. The politics of dealing with content providers, cable and broadcast network owners, etc. hasn’t changed.

    DIY Network is still available on the Core channel line-up and above. At least some of the premium channels offer their own free trials, so there’s no reason for Sony to duplicate that. Lastly, I don’t buy into the notion that Vue won’t last because Sony is too cheap, doesn’t offer this or that channel, or whatever the gripe is. There was never a promise to satisfy everyone’s wish list.