"Sling TV vs. PlayStation Vue: 1 year later"
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Sling TV vs. PlayStation Vue: 1 year later
What's up prizefiighters, I'm Brian Tong with one of the hottest battles for cord=cutters.
It's TV streaming subscription services.
Try saying that five times real fast It's a prize fight rematch one year later between Sling TV and PlayStation Vue.
Our judges for this fight are CNET senior editor David "man on fire" Katzmaier, and you know who ring-a-ling-a-ding Tong.
We'll pick a winner for each round in this five round throwdown showdown.
Let's get it on.
Round one is interface and design.
Sling TV still keeps its single row interface.
That is simple, but a little too simple.
It only shows you one channel worth of shows at a time.
Video on demand can be tough to find, and there's little personalization.
Playstation Vue brings a more complex interface that truly acts like a TV guide.
You can favorite channels.
And individual TV shows.
It supports multiple profiles for family members, and it has a great search and filters.
If you're on a PlayStation, it works with either a game controller or the remote.
But bottom line, round one goes to PlayStation Vue.
Round two is platform support.
Who's on more devices?
That matters with a streaming service.
Sling TV can be used on almost anything with support for Roku, Chromecast, Amazon Fire devices, Xbox One, Android TV, Android devices, iOS devices, PCs and Macs, and now Apple TV.
Playstation Vue gets support for the PS3 and PS4, Amazon Fire devices, Chromecast And iPod and iPhone it just added Roku and android devices but, if we're talking overall device support sling TV take round two.
Next stop is features.
Play Station view act like a A true cable box with the ability to pause and rewind every channel, skip commercials on most channels, and you can use its cloud DVR to save your favorite shows for up to 28 days.
And the ability for five people to stream at the same time.
Now, Sling TV might have a more flexible pricing package, but that's not a feature.
Its channel specific limits hurt a lot, so most channels don't allow you to pause, rewind, or fast forward, and you're only allowed one stream On one device, at one time, on one account.
For those of you keeping score, Vue lets you run five streams at once.
Sling TV, just one.
They're starting a beta multi-streaming service, but it's not an official feature yet, and there's no DVR functionality at all.
Can you guess who takes this round?
Round 4 attempt.
Sling TV's basic service starts off at 207 channels that covers most of the cable go tos like ESPN, CNN, and TNT and the Food Network, but it's lacking CBS and NBC Universal properties.
Now you can add on extra packages like sports, kids or lifestyle.
And there's options for HBO and Cinemax add ons as well.
There's a lot more mixing and matching to get the channels you really want.
Now Playstation Views basic access plan brings 60 plus channels with all the primetime networks and basically every broadcasting cable channel you can get from cable tv.
A&E, History, and Lifetime are the significant omissions but you can pick and elite package that pushes it up to 100+ channels.
Mo' channels, no problem.
Sony takes another round.
The final round is pricing.
Sling Tv starts at $20 a month for the core plan.
And you can cancel at anytime.
The additional extra packages cost $5 a pop and the HBO channel will cost you $15 a month.
Playstation Vue's basic active plan starts at $30 per month and you can also cancel at anytime, but if you're in a market with local channel access it's a $40 starting price and it hits $55 for it's highest plan.
Your pretty much paying for an actual cable service.
But your getting more channels, a true DVR and other features that make it a better buy.
Sling TV is cheaper but there's real value with Playstation view and it takes this last round of the battle.
So let's tally it up, things have changed from a year ago and this time around Playstation Vue came even stronger, taking this battle four rounds to one and is your price fight winner.
These TV streaming services continue to evolve, but Playstation Vue is the clear winner, unless you only watch the stuff Sling TV offers and you don't care about the other features.
But the choice, my friends, is always up to you.
I'm Brian Tong, thanks for watching, we'll catch y'all next time for another Prize Fight.
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