Yesterday I found out that PlayStation Vue will discontinue its streaming TV services effect 1/30/2020. No, I didn’t learn this from PlayStation Vue, I learned it from my brother who doesn’t even use PlayStation Vue. Who knows, maybe PlayStation Vue will share the news with those of us who don’t follow their blog on the next bill.
Anyway, with this new development, I looked back over my last post comparing YouTube TV to PlayStation Vue. My initial reaction was to go back to YouTube TV. Then I thought about it for a minute. To do that I would have to purchase either new TVs or Roku devices. Additionally, I would no longer have the ability to watch certain programs on my Amazon Fire tablet (YouTube TV and Amazon are not friends). Hmm, there’s got to be another option.
Looking through the Alternatives
I spent some time reading a bunch of “alternative to PSVue” articles. Here are a few that I read:
After reading and researching the recommended alternatives, I found that there were some things I wasn’t willing to give up such as:
- Local programming
- Ability to stream on more than 2 devices
- DVR capability
With my must-haves in mind, I searched again and came up with Hulu Streaming TV as my PlayStation Vue alternative.
Why Hulu Streaming TV Services
In my opinion, Hulu Streaming TV is comparable to what I was getting with PlayStation Vue. I can watch on more than 2 devices simultaneously (that’s if I spend $9.99 for the unlimited screens add-on). Their TV lineup of 60+ channels is similar to those on PlayStation Vue. In addition to the streaming channels, I’d also have access to the Hulu streaming library.
Another plus for me is that I don’t have to purchase any additional hardware. Hulu is compatible with Amazon Firesticks, and Fire tablets (unlike YouTube TV). I can watch it on my phone, tablet or computer.
With 50 hours of DVR storage, I believe that’s more than enough for our needs. However, if I find that it’s not sufficient, Hulu has a 200-hour add-on option.
The monthly price for Hulu Streaming TV, the Hulu library plus the unlimited screens add-on is slightly lower than what I was paying for PlayStation Vue. I guess it’s time for me to give the 7-day free trial a whirl. I’ll check back after I’ve kicked the Hulu tires a bit.
What about you? If you’re a PlayStation Vue customer, I’d like to know who you intend to use as your PSVue replacement.