How to Use Vue from PlayStation

The live streaming cable TV alternative that doesn't require a console

Watch live television on PlayStation Vue
With PlayStation Vue, you can watch live and on-demand television on your computer, phone, tablet, or PlayStation. PeopleImages / E+ / Getty

PlayStation Vue is a subscription service that allows you to watch live television without paying for cable. It requires an internet connection and a compatible device, but that device doesn't have to be a game console. While there is a Vue app available for both PS3 and PS4, you can also use Vue to watch live television on your phone, computer, and on many other devices.

The somewhat confusing name of PlayStation Vue came about because the service started out as a way for PlayStation owners to watch live television without a cable subscription. However, the service is no longer locked to consoles. You do need a free PlayStation Network account to sign up for Vue, but you don't need to own a PlayStation.

Another potential area of confusion is that PlayStation Vue has nothing to do with PlayStation TV. While PlayStation Vue is a television streaming service for cord-cutters, PlayStation TV is a microconsole version of the PS Vita handheld that lets you play Vita games on your television.

PlayStation Vue competes directly with other live television streaming services, including Sling TV, YouTube TV, and DirecTV Now, all of which offer both live and on-demand programming. CBS All Access is another similar competitor, although it only offers content from CBS.

Streaming services like Amazon Prime, Hulu, and Netflix also let you watch television shows and movies online, but only on an on-demand basis. They all differ from Vue in that Vue lets you watch live television just like cable.

How to Sign Up For PlayStation Vue

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Signing up for PlayStation Vue is easy, but you'll need to make a free PlayStation Network account if you don't already have one. Screenshots.

Signing up for PlayStation Vue is easy, and it even includes a free trial. The trial is free even if you choose one of the more expensive packages, but you will be charged if you don't cancel before the trial ends, so make sure to keep that in mind.

The other thing you need to know about signing up for PlayStation Vue is that you need a PlayStation Network account. If you don't already have one, you'll have the opportunity to set it up during the sign up process.

You don't need to own a PlayStation game console, so there's no need to worry about that.

To sign up for PlayStation Vue:

  1. Navigate to
  2. Click on start free trial.
  3. Enter your zip code and click continue.
    Note: Vue is available throughout the United States, but the availability of live network television is limited to certain markets.
  4. Determine which subscription plan you want, and click choose this plan.
  5. Determine which ad-on packages and stand-alone channels you wand and click add.
    Note: channels included in your subscription will say "bundled" and you won't be able to click on them.
  6. Enter your email address, choose a password, and input your birthday to create a PlayStation Network account, and click agree and create account.
    Note: if you already have a PSN account, click sign in instead of creating a new account.
  7. Check to make sure that you chose the right subscription plan and add-on channels, and then click proceed to checkout.
  8. Click I agree, confirm purchase.
    Note: the purchase total should show $0.00 if you are eligible for the free trial, but you will be charged if you don't cancel before the trial ends.
  9. Click continue.
  10. Click activate device if you want to watch Vue on a device like a Roku, or click watch now to immediately start watching in your browser.
  11. Click no I'll finish this later if you aren't currently at home, or click yes I'm on my home network if you are home.
    Important: if you accidentally set the wrong place as your home network, you may be locked out of the ability to watch live television and will have to contact Vue's customer service to fix it.

Choosing a PlayStation Vue Plan

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PlayStation Vue offers several main channel packages. Screenshot.

PlayStation Vue has four plans that you can choose from. The most basic plan includes some of the most popular network and cable channels, while the more expensive plans add sports, movies, and premium channels.

The four Vue subscription options are:

  • Access: 40+ channels. Includes networks like ABC, Fox, and NBC, and cable channels like ESPN and Disney.
  • Core: 60+ channels. Includes all of the Access channels and adds both national and regional sports channels.
  • Elite: 80+ channels. Includes all of the Access and Core channels, while adding movie channels like Epix and family channels like Discovery Family and Universal Kids.
  • Ultra: 90+ channels. Includes everything from the cheaper packages and adds premium content from HBO, Showtime, and others.

Regardless of the plan you choose, the availability of live network television is limited to specific markets. To see if it's available where you live, you need to enter your zipcode on the PlayStation Vue channels page.

If the list on that page includes local network channels, that means you'll have access to live network television. If it shows ABC On Demand, FoxDemand, and NBC On Demand, you'll be limited to on demand content for those channels.

How Many Shows Can You Watch at Once on PlayStation Vue?
Like other services that offer live television streaming, Vue limits the number of shows you can watch at the same time on different devices. It's simpler than some of its competitors, in that the limit is five streams, and that limit is the same regardless of the plan you choose.

However, Vue also limits the types of devices you can stream to. While you can stream up to five shows at the same time, you can only stream on one PS3 and one PS4 at a time. So if you own two PS4 consoles, you won't be able to use Vue on both at the same time.

Vue also limits you to three mobile streams at any given time. That means you can watch a show on your phone while someone else watches a different show on their tablet, and a third person casts a different show from their phone to a TV. But if a fourth person wants to watch a different show on their own phone or tablet, it won't work.

In order to get up to the full five streams, you can use a mix of phones and tablets, Vue's browser-based video player on a computer, and devices like Fire TV, Roku, and Apple TV.

How Fast Does Your Internet Need to Be to Watch Vue?
PlayStation Vue requires a high speed internet connection, and you need more speed to handle multiple streams.

According to PlayStation, you need at least 10 Mbps to use the service, and then 5 Mbps for each additional stream. So the rough speeds you'll need are:

  • 10 Mbps+ to watch one show on one device.
  • 15 Mbps+ to watch two shows on the same internet connection.
  • 20 Mbps+ to watch three shows on the same connection, and so on.

PlayStation Ala Carte Options

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PlayStation Vue allows you to add premium channels ala carte, or bundle together several channels like a sports package. Screenshot

In addition to the four main packages, Vue also offers a number of ala carte options that you can add to your subscription. These options include a lot of premium channels, like HBO, that you can add one at a time.

There are also a number of bundles that include several themed channels, including both a Spanish language pack and a sports pack. The sports pack includes additional ESPN, Fox Sports and NBC Universal Sports channels, NFL Redzone, and more.

Watching Live Television, Sports and Movies on PlayStation Vue

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You can watch live tv, movies and sports on PS Vue. Screenshots.

The main reason to subscribe to Vue is that it allows you to watch live television, and it's pretty easy to do so. To watch a live television show, sports game, or movie on Vue:

  1. Navigate to
  2. Click on Live TV or Guide.
  3. Find a show that you want to watch, and click the play button.
    Note: live network television is only available in certain areas. If you live outside these areas, you'll be limited to on demand content from the major networks.

If you're watching on a PlayStation console, you can pause live TV shows for up to 30 minutes. Pausing is limited to just a few minutes on other devices, so if you're used to pausing and then fast forwarding through commercials, you're better off using the DVR function.

Does PlayStation Vue Have on Demand or DVR?

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PS Vue includes both on-demand episodes and a DVR function. Screenshot

PlayStation Vue includes both on demand content and a digital video recorder (DVR) feature. Unlike some of its competitors, the DVR feature is included in all of the packages, which means you don't have to pay extra for it.

To watch an on demand episode or movie on PlayStation Vue, or set up the DVR:

  1. Navigate to
  2. Click channels.
  3. Click any channel to view the available shows.
  4. Click on the name of a show or movie you want to watch or record.
  5. Click on the + button, and the DVR function will record all future episodes of the show.
  6. Click the play button on any on demand episode that you want to watch.
    Note: Vue doesn't allow you to fast forward through commercials when watching on demand shows, but you can fast forward when viewing a show recorded with the DVR.

To watch shows you have recorded with the DVR:

  1. Navigate to
  2. Click my vue.
  3. Click on the show you want to watch.
  4. Click the play button on any recorded episode to watch it.

When you record a show with the Vue DVR, you can watch it home or on the go, and you can also fast forward, pause, and rewind.

Shows recorded in this manner will remain stored for a limited amount of time, after which they won't be available anymore. For more details, check out PlayStation Vue's policies on DVR content.

Can You Rent Movies on PlayStation Vue?

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You can't rent movies on PlayStation Vue, but you can rent them from the PlayStation Store if you have a PS3 or PS4. Screenshot

While there are a lot of movies available for free on Vue if you choose the Ultra package or any premium channel add-ons, you can't actually rent movies through the service.

If you have a PS3 or PS4, you can rent movies directly from the PlayStation store. However, if you're using Vue on a computer or other compatible device, you'll have to go to a different service, like Amazon or Vudu to rent your movies.

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