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Review: PlayStation Vue on Roku

Sony’s cord cutting service PlayStation Vue is now available on Roku players starting at $29.99 a month with live streams from 55+ cable channels.

The addition of Roku players brings PlayStation Vue to a huge new base of subscribers as some reports suggest that up to 60% of home streaming media players are Roku devices.

With PlayStation Vue Roku owners now have a second option for live TV in the Roku channel store, giving them access to a range of live TV channels with up to five streams at once as long as you are in your home network. Outside of your house you can use your PlayStation Vue login to access content through apps such as WatchESPN.

PlayStation Vue is available on PlayStation 4, Google Chromecast, PS3, Amazon Fire TV, and Fire TV Stick on your TV. Vue is also available on iPad/iPhone through the PlayStation Vue mobile app and now Roku players.

2a682996339044dabca183064c0b17d5From the Sony Press Release:  “Starting today, PlayStation Vue becomes accessible to even more users as the internet-based live TV service expands to Roku devices, one of the most popular streaming media players in the U.S. Additionally, the PlayStation Vue mobile app is coming to Android smartphone and tablets next week.”

  • Access: 55+ channels, including live cable TV, movies and sports channels for $29.99 per month ($39.99 in cities with major live local broadcast stations*).
  • Core: 70+ channels, including all the channels from Access with the addition of live national and regional sports networks for $34.99 per month ($44.99 in cities with major live local broadcast stations*).
  • Elite: 100+ channels, featuring all the channels from Core with the addition of top movie and entertainment channels for $44.99 per month ($54.99 in cities with major live local broadcast stations*).

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19 Responses to Review: PlayStation Vue on Roku

  1. Norman June 23, 2016 at 11:28 am #


  2. craig June 23, 2016 at 12:20 pm #

    you need to be able to hit say * and then all channels immediately. also, is there a way to set a dvr to record a show for an overrun for a live event?

    • FREETELEVISION June 25, 2016 at 1:33 pm #

      Arrow left on ROKU in live channels and all channels come up. I wish it was the home screen.

  3. Donna June 23, 2016 at 12:41 pm #

    You are getting Dallas/Ft Worth due to your ISP address. I disagree with you as to its just O.K. The menu is very similar to Hulu, I have found no buffering of any kind, again might be ISP. I don’t know what streaming site you are comparing Vue to but I can only compare to a Sling which I had, and I find Vue far superior.

  4. filmex June 23, 2016 at 4:47 pm #

    I’m grateful to Sling because ESPN got me thru football season last year, and I kept up with Walking Dead thanks to AMC on Sling.

    But, sheesh. Using Vue today after a year with Sling is a serious upgrade. It is much faster to navigate than Sling, with instant downloads on the On Demand programming.

    Best of all is the DVR capability. Would have missed one of my shows this AM on Sling, but since I made it a Faved Show, it was auto recorded. Played it back and was able to FF thru commercials. They are gonna kill Sling.
    The only advantage to Sling at this point is that Sling has about 60 movies ON Demand via TCM, while Vue seems to only have 6-8. But you can FF thru those movies on Vue whereas you cannot on Sling.

    • sargonxxiii July 26, 2016 at 12:48 pm #

      Playstation Vue does let you sign up to various cable channel apps, unlike Sling which only does that for ESPN. The TCM app is on Fire TV now and coming to Roku “soon.” I have the TCM app on my Fire TV and it has all the viewers choice options that Sling has.

  5. Nic Schmitt June 23, 2016 at 4:54 pm #

    Is there a way to determine which regional sports channel I would receive? I go to the Vue website, type in my zip, and it just shows Fox Sports, but not the exact channel. I tried support but they just sent me to the FAQ which did not help.

    • Golfluvr13 June 23, 2016 at 11:51 pm #

      Good luck. Vue has not even come close to offering my regional sports network since I signed up in March. They keep saying its on the way. I love sling’s beta version for that.

      • Nic Schmitt June 24, 2016 at 6:08 am #

        I am looking to get Fox Sports Wisconsin. You think they could answer that simple question. Based on some web searches I don’t think they offer it. I know Sling does.

  6. HeyRadar June 24, 2016 at 8:43 am #

    So how good does Vue work on the Roku? Is it missing features compared to other devices?

  7. DPH June 24, 2016 at 11:43 am #

    I have the PS Vue service on PS4, Fire TV, Fire Stick, Purple Roku Stick. I get occasional buffering or guide access delays on the PS4 and Fire TV. Usually on popular programs. Annoying but bearable. The fire stick is unwatchable. Long buffering delays and sluggish UI. The roku stick works great. A little slower than the fire tv but the Roku UI isn’t as nice as the Fire.

  8. Kaput5 June 27, 2016 at 4:33 pm #

    I read in a forum that on the Roku:
    1) There is no guide, compared to having a guide on the other players
    2) The fast forward or rewind functions do not show any video (again compared to the other players)

    Can anybody confirm if this is correct or not.

  9. Rich June 28, 2016 at 1:49 pm #

    Just signed up for it yesterday…actvated my device and was ready for Vue goodness…
    Error code 1016.
    I didn’t even get to see the darn thing and it gave me a 1016?
    anyone have a link the how to fix this page?
    or do I REALLY need to call them to fix it as the error states?

  10. Lofi June 28, 2016 at 4:17 pm #

    I just did the trial.. it’s good. I like the Vue much better than Sling. Correct in comment about the fastforward. No fast forward and rewind does not show video. I did not see options for dvr. I did not see a guide with live tv. It does show you whats on each app (for live tv).
    I do not like the price…$40 is way to much. I would do it if it was $30.

  11. eprisencc June 29, 2016 at 12:02 am #

    Vue is awesome. Vue on Roku is absolutely atrocious. Stick to either a Fire TV or PS4.

  12. silvershamrockd June 30, 2016 at 1:51 pm #

    I couldn’t get one day through the Vue Roku trial before I had to cancel. Error code 1016 for hours, then when finally in, I was met with a horrible user interface, several returns to the Home screen whenever I tried to pick favorite channels, and only a few hours of schedule (no guide) for each channel. It also froze my remote so much that I had to keep restarting my Roku. All for $40 and up.

    Vue has a good VOD library, some channels missing on my Sling (VH1 Classic and Chiller) and I loved the playback, but that is not enough. I enjoy being able to browse the schedule on my Sling and go back a few days to watch things I missed (admittedly not available on some channels, but first-world problem). I currently get the multi-stream with two additional packages and Cinemax for $39 on Sling, and while it’s not perfect, I love it, especially with the new improvements. It’s better than Vue on the Roku platform by miles.

  13. mooreacre July 28, 2016 at 4:12 pm #

    For me, I am much happier with Vue than Sling. Yes, its $30 a mo, but I get the news channels I like (Im a Fox news fan) and with 54 other channels, there is much more choice than Sling. Works fine on my Roku 3. Havent tried on my Fire stick, but frankly Im happy enough with the Roku app. Its a five star approval from this viewer. Works great on my Amazon Kindle tablet and my iOs iPhone 6.

  14. Leisha Spier Robbins August 16, 2016 at 9:44 pm #

    Does anyone know if there is a guide on Vue when using the Roku stick?

  15. Mason T. Becker October 22, 2016 at 6:10 pm #

    Just switched to Vue today. Had been on Sling for a while, and was honestly happy with it, but the lack of ESPN without paying for a larger package made me switch over. Plus we are getting more kids channels on Vue, which is a good thing in our household.

    Vue seems to work very well on our Roku stick (2016 version). I did notice video quality while viewing a football game on our PS3 wasn’t quite as sharp. A Google search shows this seems to be a widespread issue, particularly when watching sports. Apparently there is a frame dropping issue when steaming on the PS3. Sony should fix this.