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PS Vue vs Dish Sling TV for Xbox One

by on January 31, 2015
 

During CES 2015, two big announcements for video games were made in efforts to bring TV/video streaming services to video game consoles. Among the announcements was DISH Network TV Sling TV app for Xbox One and Sony’s PlayStation Vue app for gaming and mobile platforms. Both services have laid out several details since CES, so let’s take a look at what was announced and which TV-to-console service seems like a great deal or subscription.

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Dish Sling TV App for Xbox One Facts

Sling TV, which is backed by DISH, is a television service app that will stream live television from a handful of cable networks and also Video-On-Demand (VOD) content. No cable box or hardware installation is required.

Accessible Platforms or Hardware to Use:

Xbox One and additional non-Microsoft hardware

Sling TV Interface:

playstation vue sling tv app

Featured Networks at Launch:

  • Basic Package — ESPN, ESPN2, TNT, TBS, Food Network, HGTV, Travel Channel, Adult Swim, Cartoon Network, Disney Channel, ABC Family and CNN.
  • 2 additional add-on packages for an addition $5 — Kids Extra (Disney Junior, Disney XD, Boomerang, Baby TV and Duck TV) and News Extra & Info Extra (HLN, Cooking Channel, DIY and Bloomberg TV)

Costs and Subscription Details:

  • Core package priced at $20 per month; no commitment, contract, credit check or hardware installation required
  • $5 additional packages
  • No Contract — cancel anytime

Features:

  • The service will include DVR functionality for pausing, rewinding and fast-forwarding “most live channels.”
  • A feature called 3-Day Replay will let subscribers watch selected capable shows that aired within the past three days.
  • Can only watch one stream at a time — cannot share subscription.

Release Date/ Availability:

Will launch in the first quarter of 2015.

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PlayStation Vue Facts

PlayStation Vue is a cloud-based TV service that will debut on PS4 and PS3 before it comes to iPad and other non-Sony devices.

Accessible Platforms or Hardware to Use:

No additional hardware or setup required. Just a PS4 with a PS Vue subcription.

PlayStation Vue Interface:

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PlayStation Vue Interface

Featured Networks at Launch:

  • CBS Television Network’s owned-and-operated TV stations in select leading markets in addition to on-demand prime-time programming.
  • Discovery Communications – Discovery Channel, TLC, Animal Planet, Investigation Discovery, Discovery Science, OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network, Discovery Family Channel and 11 more brands.
  • Fox Networks Group –  FX, FXX, FXM, National Geographic Channel, Nat Geo WILD. FOX Sports 1, FOX Sports 2, BTN, YES Network and Prime Ticket.
  • NBC Universal – All local offerings from NBC, Telemundo and regional sports networks as well as Bravo, CNBC, E!, NBCSN, Oxygen, Sprout, Syfy, USA Network and more.
  • Scripps Networks Interactive – HGTV, Food Network, Travel Channel, DIY Network and Cooking Channel.
  • Viacom – BET, CMT, Comedy Central, MTV, Nickelodeon, Palladia, Spike, VH1 and more.

* Disney Network channels were later announced, but Time Warner Networks have yet to be announced.

Costs and Subscription Details 

No subscription cost has yet been announced, but we do know PlayStation Vue will be offered on a month-to-month basis.

No contracts — cancel anytime.

Consistent, non-fluctuating pricing — no introductory offer that expires and then doubles or triples your monthly bill.

Features:

  • Ability to tag shows
  • Record to DVR to up 28 days on cloud
  • Favorites channel — the service remembers your viewing habits and knows last week you watched whatever particular show. These shows would play back-to-back-to-back in your “favorites” channel.
  • Watch every live-aired show shown over the last three days, without recording it beforehand.

Release Date/Availability:

  • PlayStation Vue will begin an invite-only beta preview during November for select PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 3 owners. A phased rollout will start in New York and follow later in Chicago, Philadelphia and Los Angeles. The service will also become available on iPad shortly thereafter and later on more Sony and non-Sony devices.
  • Will launch for all in the first quarter of 2015.

 

Overall on PlayStation Vue vs. Sling TV app for Xbox One:

Live TV broadcasting without a cable or satellite subscription for gamers is music to my ears. I was very happy to hear both PlayStation 4 and Xbox One will get the Live TV treatment without a cable or satellite subscription. Both services have a lot of similarities, and so far, the Sling TV app for Xbox One has a great price point for its subscription with a number of networks to look at. On the other hand, PlayStation Vue cites that it will have over 75 networks by the time it launches, which tops Sling TV. Both will win the hearts of sports fans with ESPN.

As far as interfaces, both seem to look very user-friendly in a landscape-type of scheme. I was glad to see that Sony kept the PS Store-type of vibe to help familiarize navigating through the menu. Sling TV is not set up in a common Windows-type of way, but the navigation looks very clear and straightforward so Xbox users can get a hang of how to use it.

For features, PlayStation Vue seems to have an upper hand when it comes to Video-On-Demand features of already aired TV episodes when compared with Sling TV. With PlayStation Vue, subscribers can record and play episodes of content that has already been aired in the past 72 hours. Sling TV has the same feature, but it is very limited and does not have all major TV networks in order to proclaim it as the same type of feature as PlayStation Vue. Maybe in its growth with updates, Sling TV will work something out for its functionality.

Overall, both are shaping up in exciting ways. Sling TV has the better price point currently, since we are in the dark on what PlayStation Vue will cost. Then PlayStation Vue has more channels and additional features that work for the later viewing type of subscriber.

Are you gamers excited for cable TV on your systems without the hassle of needed cable and paying for various streaming subscriptions like Netflix, Hulu, etc.? Let us know in the comments below.


Edited by: Avery Osborn

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  • Alex Leon Serrano

    I am very excited about this.Right now with Cox im paying $150 a month it sucks.Ive been waiting for a reason to cut the cord. Cant wait !!!

    • REDinfamy718

      I am too, Cable companies in my opinion do not give out great deals to subscribers then on top of that tons fees, renting equipment, I mean the list goes on. With cable coming to our gaming consoles we get to cut out the middle man and pick what we want to watch. Watch the price of internet go up vs cable tv.