PlayStation Vue Review Followup

Yesterday I commented that I would check if I could use my PlayStation Vue account as a TV provider to log into TV network sites such as NBC and Fox to watch their programming, Well, I was able to find out that I indeed can do that.

I downloaded the Fox Sports Go app to my phone. then used my Vue account as a TV provider to watch all sporting events on all the regional Fox Sports networks. This includes Fox Sports Wisconsin, FS1, FS2, and the local Fox Station. While I can watch Packers games anytime they are on Fox, The NFL has a restriction on watching NFL games on a phone. I believe only Direct TV subscribers can do that with their Sunday Ticket account.

However, I can still watch Packers games with my Vue account log in using a a tablet – which I currently do not have. My Nook is way outdated and is not compatible with the Fox Sports Go app. But I was planning on getting a new tablet anyways, perhaps something along the Samsung Galaxy line. Once I get the tablet, I’ll finally be able to watch Packers games at home too anytime they are on Fox. I’ll use the NBC Sports app for the Sunday night prime time games. Vue already has ESPN so I’ll use that for the Monday night games. I still have to check if I can watch games live on the CBS app  yet, but that’s a possibility. The Packers only have two games on CBS this year, so no biggie.

How am I watching my sporting events on a phone, you ask? By using Google Chromecast. I’ll get into more details on Chromecast in a future article, but basically, it is a device hooked up to my TV that allows me to “cast” TV shows and videos from my phone to my TV over my W-Fi network. 

Back on subject, I then downloaded the NBC app and was able to verify my Vue log in to watch NBC TV shows on it. I just watched the Season 2 premiere of “Blind Spot” on the NBC app with Google Chromecast. The quality was excellent and I was sold. 

There is no doubt in my mind now that PlayStation Vue can be used as a TV provider when using a streaming app like Fox Sports Go, NBC, ESPN, etc. With this in mind, I canceled my Hulu account and will be watching all my TV shows using the various network TV apps and my Vue log in credentials. 

Why I didn’t get Vue earlier, I don’t know. But I’m so glad I got it now and will be looking forward to seeing what I can get out of it. 

Sometime this week, I’ll post a more in-depth review of Google Chromecast. Stay tuned.

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Playstation Vue Review

Welcome to my new blog where I may post anything on my mind that is usually geek related.

First, a bit about me. I’m a cord cutter with no cable TV service, though I do have internet. I watch my TV shows on Netflix and Hulu.

The problem for cord cutters is the inability to watch live sporting events on TV. I’ve been going to local bars here in Marinette and Menominee to watch my events. But there are two problems with this:

1) It gets expensive , eating bar food and drinking $3 longnecks.

And….

2) There is no guarantee that the bar will show the game that I want to watch. Living in Green Bay Packers country, I’m practically guaranteed to catch the Packers on TV at any bar in the area, but if I want to watch a game not involving the Packers, there is no guarantee that I’ll be able to see this particular game.

At the same time, I had no desire to pay Crime Warner more than 50 bucks a month, not including the set top rental fee, to get TV service at home.

This is where the PlayStation Vue comes in.  It’s a live streaming service for PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4 users. They offer 3 levels of service: Elite ($45), Core ($35), and Access ($30).

I choose the Core package as it offers all my favorite sports channels such as ESPN, the Big Ten Network, the NFL Network and Fox Sports.  I didn’t need the additional channels on the Elite package.

I used Vue for the first time yesterday on my Playstation 3 to watch the Wisconsin Badgers play Michigan State on the Big Ten Network. My god, the quality was excellent. It was like watching it on a cable TV service with no lag whatsoever despite just having a standard internet account (15 Mbps download). I was very impressed.

I watched other shows on it and was impressed with Vue overall. My only gripe is navigating the viewing guide. It’s a bit cumbersome, but that is no big deal.

The only other bad thing about Vue right now is – in my market, local channels are not offered. I’ll have to get a TV antenna if I want to watch the local stations, but since I watch my TV shows on Hulu and Netflix, I don’t bother with an antenna. The one downside of not having live local service is not seeing the Packers live. But that’s all right. I go to the bar for that anyways as it is more fun to watch a Packers game with other Packers fans than it is at home.

But for other sporting events such as the Badgers, the Bucks, the Brewers, or out-of-area- games, I’ll definitely be making good use of the PlayStation Vue rather than go to the bars.

To sum it up, if you have a PlayStation 3 or 4, check out Vue for live streaming services. It even offers a 7 day trial so you can try it out. And while I cannot confirm this, I believe you can even use your Vue account as a TV provider to log onto apps such as Watch ESPN, BTN2Go, etc. I still need to confirm this and when I do, I’ll post another blog.

For now, give Vue a try. You won’t be disappointed. I know I’m not disappointed 🙂

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