Sling TV vs. PlayStation VueStreaming TV services are finally here and we're throwing them into the Prizefight ring. It's Sling TV versus Sony's PlayStation Vue. Which one will reign supreme?
[MUSIC] What's up Prizefight fans, I'm Brian Tong and streaming t.v. services have finally made it into our homes. So we're bringing you a Prize punch-out between Sling TV and PlayStation Vue. Our judges for this fight are CNET Senior Editor David man on fire Katzmaier, nice muscles, and yours truly, Can't Go Wrong Tong, uh-uh. These services are brand-spanking-new, so we're not scoring them, but we're going to decide a winner for each round. The final [UNKNOWN] king of the ring will be the competitor with the most rounds one. Let's get it on. Round one is interface and design. And design. Bling TV primarily sticks to a single row for all your stations and you can view the content playing above it. PlayStation Vue brings a layout more like Netflix with multiple rows of content based on your timeline, shows, and recent channels. It's a lot more customizable with favorites, you'll also have the traditional grid guide that as an option. And the interface is faster and more responsive than Sling TV. Most Playstation UV users will be using a game controller to navigate, which might not be ideal verses the more traditional remote for Sling TV users, unless you're on an XBox. This round's tight, but we're giving the edge to Sony. [NOISE] Round two is platforms. With any service it's all about who's on more devices and this one's not even close. At the moment, Sling TV can be used on a Roku player, Amazon Fire TV, and the Xbox One. It works on your MAC or your PC and also plays on IOS and Android devices. Android TV's and Nexus player support are also coming soon. Now the Playstation View works on your PS3. And your PS4. That's it. On top of that, it's currently only available in Chicago, New York City, and Philadelphia. Like I said, this one's not even close, and Sling TV dominates round two. Round three is features. Playstation View acts like a cable box with the ability to pause and rewind every channel, skip commercials and you can use it's cloud DVR to save your favorite shows for up to 28 days. You can also stream from three consoles at the same time but they have to be in the same household. Swing TV was the first to market but it doesn't really bring any feature advantage other than the ability to use its bandwidth limiter. It also has channel specific limits, that hurts a lot, so most channels don't allow you to pause, rewind, or fast forward and you're allowed one. And only one stream on one device at one time per account. This round's a no-brainer. PlayStation Vue. Round four is channels. [MUSIC] BlingTV's basic service starts off with a core of 21 channels which cover most of the cable go tos like ESPN, CNN, AMC, TNT, and the Food Network. Now it's still missing networks like Comedy Central and Bravo, but brings on extra packages to add more channels relevant to interests like sports, lifestyle and kids programming. Plus HBO has been added as an option to get your Game of Thrones fix. Now, PlayStation Vue's basic access plan brings 50+ channels with content from CBS, Fox, NBC and Viacom. So, you'll find channels like Bravo and Comedy Central and Nickelodeon, but there are no ABC Disney networks, so say goodbye to channels in that family like ESPN. Additional plans let you add on local sports, and an elite plan brings on 88 total channels. Variety is the spice of life, and Sony takes another round, but the final round comes down to pricing. [MUSIC] Sling TV starts at $20 a month for the core 20 plus channels and you can cancel at any time. The additional extra packages cost $5 a pop. And the HBO channel will cost you $15 a month. Playstation Vue's basic access plan is a lot more, starting at $49.99 a month. The Core plan with local sports costs $59.99 and then the Elite package with 88 channels is $69.99. It's basically like paying for an actual cable service. Even though Sling TV has many limitations with view you're paying the same with cable or even more with fewer channels. Round five goes to Sling. So let's break down the results. And the Sling TV made its mark for its platform support and pricing, while PlayStation Vue won out with its interface, features, and channel selection, taking this battle three rounds to two, and is your prize fight winner. Now I can't really say there's a clear winner here, but both services still have a long way to go. But a combination of an over the air antenna and one of the services might be the best for you. But for me, I'm a sports junkie, and I don't like how sporting events lose their image quality, and just aren't as smooth compared to a cable signal right now. I'm Brian Tong. Thanks for watching, and we'll catch you all next time for another prize fight. [MUSIC]