AT&T announced DirecTV Now its new streaming TV service at an event held on Monday in New York City. DirecTV Now, which launched Nov. 30, competes with Sling TV and Sony’s PlayStation Vue, both of which offer similar streaming video packages. We’ve decided to compare DirecTV Now Vs. PlayStation Vue Vs. Sling TV channel list to see which streaming services offers the best channels, features and price.
DirecTV Now Channel List
To start, AT&T will offer the “Go Big” plan offers 100+ channels for $35 per month.
DirecTV Now’s “Go Big Plan” channel list includes: Everything in “Just Right” plus American Heroes, BBC World News, Centric, Destination America, Discovery Family Channel, Discovery Life, DIY Network, FM, Fox Sports 2, FX Movie Channel, fyi, Golf Channel, Great American Country, Logo, MTV Classic, Nat Geo Wild, NBA TV, NBC Universo, NHL Network, Oxygen, Revolt, Sprout, SundanceTV, Tennis Channel and TVG.
DirecTV Now also offers the “Live a Little” plan offers 60+ channels for $35 per month. DirecTV Now’s “Live a Little” channel list includes: A&E, AMC, Animal Planet, Audience Network, AXS TV, Baby First, BBC America, BET, Bloomberg TV, Bravo, C-SPAN, C-SPAN2, Cartoon Network, CMT, CNBC, CNN, Comedy Central, Crime & Investigation, Discovery, Disney Channel, Disney Junior, Disney XD, E!, ESPN, ESPN2, Food Network, Fox Business Network, Fox News Channel, Fox Sports 1, Freeform, FX, FXX, Galavision, Hallmark Channel, Hallmark Movies & Mysteries, HGTV, History, HLN, Investigation Discovery, Lifetime, MSNBC, MTV, MTV2, National Geographic Channel, Nick Jr., Nickelodeon/Nick at Nite, Pursuit Channel, RFD-TV, Spike, Syfy, TBS, TCM, TeenNick, TLC, TNT, truTV, TV Land, Univision, USA Network, Velocity, VH1, Viceland, WE tv, WeatherNation
DirecTV Now “Just Right” plan offers 80+ channels for $50 per month. The “Just Right” channel list includes: Everything in “Live a Little” (except Hallmark Movies & Mysteries) plus Big Ten Network, CNBC World, Comedy TV, Cooking Channel, ESPNews, ESPNU, Fuse, Fusion, GSN, IFC, LMN, MLB Network, NBC Sports Network, Nicktoons, OWN, Science, SEC Network, Travel Channel, UniMás, Weather Channel and WGN America.
The “Gotta Have It” plan offers 120+ channels for $70 per month. DirecTV Now’s “Gotta Have It Plan” channel list includes everything in “Go Big” plus Boomerang, Chiller, Cloo, El Rey Network, Justice Central, eight Starz Encore channels (Action, Black, East, Family, Classic, Suspense, West, Westerns) and Univision Deportes Network.
Cinemax and HBO can be added for $5 a month, which is about $10 per month cheaper than most streaming TV services.
DirecTV Now features
DirecTV Now allows customers to watch up to two streams simultaneously. Unfortunately, the first iteration of DirecTV Now won’t include a cloud DVR functionality like the PlayStation Vue - or even the option to pause what you’re currently watching - at launch. AT&T is looking to add a “full DVR” component to DirecTV Now sometime next year.
DirecTV Now supported devices
Just like its competition, DirecTV Now’s app works on many platforms. At launch, DirecTV Now supports Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV devices, Android phones, iPhones and iPads, Vizio and LeEco smart TVs and PCs and Macs with Web browsers. Support for Roku and Amazon Fire tablets will be coming in early 2017.
PlayStation Vue Channel List
When it comes to PlayStation Vue, consumers can choose from one of three multi-channel plans starting at $29.99 per month. All plans include a seven-day free trial for first time subscribers. PlayStation Vue’s “Access Slim” plan offers 55+ channels and includes live cable TV, movies and sports channels for $29.99 per month. PlayStation Vue’s “Access Slim” plan channel list includes: ABC On Demand, FOX On Demand, NBC On Demand, AMC, Animal Planet, BET, Bravo, Cartoon Network, CMT, CNBC, CNN, Comedy Central, Destination America, Discovery, Discovery Family, Disney Channel, Disney Jr. Disney XD, DIY Network, E!, ESPN, ESPN 2, Esquire Network, Food Network, Fox Business, FOX News, Freeform, FS1, FS2, FX, FXX, HGTV, HLN, Investigation Discovery, MSNBC, MTV, MTV2, National Geographic, NBCSN, Nick Jr., Nickelodeon, Nicktoons, OWN, Oxygen, Pop, Science Channel, Spike, Syfy, TBS, TLC, TNT, Travel Channel, TruTV, TV Land, USA Network, VH1 and WE tv.
PlayStation Vue’s “Core Slim” plan offers 70+ channels, and includes all the channels from Acces Slim with the addition of live national and regional sports networks for $34.99 per month. all of the channels listed in the “Access Slim” package, plus: BeIN Sports, Big Ten Network, ESPNews, ESPNU, Golf Channel, IFC, SEC Network, Sundance TV and TCM.
PlayStation Vue’s “Elite Slim” plan offers 100+ channels, and includes all the channels from the “Core Slim” package with the addition of top movie and entertainment channels for $4.95 per month. PlayStation Vue’s “Elite Slim” plan channel list includes the channels listed in the “Access Slim” and “Core Slim” packages, plus: AHC, BET Gospel, BET Jams, BET Soul, Boomerang, Centric, CMT Music, CNBC World, Cooking Channel, Discovery Life Channel, Epic Hits, FOX College Sports Atlantic, FOX College Sports Central, FOX College Sports Pacific, Fusion, FXM, Hi-Yah! Impact, Logo, Machinima, MGM HD, MTV Hits, MTV Live, MTV U, Nat Geo Wild, One World Sports, Outside Television, Sprout, Teen Nick, Universal HD, Velocity and VH1 Classic.
PlayStation’s “Ultra” plan includes HBO and Showtime, plus 100+ channels from Elite which is available for $64.99 or $74.99 depending on your location. You can also subscribe to HBO and Cinemax as standalone channels via PlayStation for $15 each per month.
PlayStation Vue includes all four major broadcast networks as well as AMC, CNN, Discovery, Disney, Food Network and HGTV. Though, depending on where you live, PlayStation Vue doesn’t include ABC and CBS affiliates.
PlayStation Vue Features
My Shows: You can easily add your favorites to “My Shows” and automatically save and store newly aired episodes to the cloud for up to 28 days. You can add content to “My Shows” by selecting the [+], or hitting R1 on PlayStation consoles.
Explore: When you don’t know what TV show to watch, “Explore” will be the first place to start. Adaptive filters will help you discover programming, you can sort by genre, rating, length and more. You can find the Explore tool in the toolbar on the top of the Home screen.
Second Screen Viewing: Once you have signed up for PlayStation Vue, you can take advantage of second viewing of selection channels in and out of the home by using PlayStation Vue’s mobile app. In addition, you can cast directly to your TV via Chromecast, and use a variety of devices.
PlayStation Vue Supported Devices
PlayStation Vue service is accessible through PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, Amazon Fire TV and Fire TV Stick, as well as iPad, iPhone and through the PlayStation Vue mobile app. Google Chromecast is also supported via compatible iOS devices. PlayStation recently announced that its PlayStation Vue television service is available on Apple TV, which allows PlayStation Vue subscribers to watch live TV on Apple’s set top box. The service, which is available on Apple TV (4th-generation) devices, offers Vue’s standard features, including its cloud DVR, support for streaming and works with the Siri Remote.
SlingTV Channel List
Sling TV offers single-stream and multi-stream services, “Sling Orange” and “Sling Blue.” Sling Orange includes BBC America and is priced at $20 per month. Sling Blue features NBC, USA, Bravo, NBC Sports Network, Syfy, BBC America and costs $25 per month for new subscribers. In addition, Sling has a package that brings “Sling Orange” and “Sling Blue” together for $40 per month. Networks like NBCUniversal, E!, CNBC, MSNBC, Oxygen, Golf and NBCUniverso are included in Sling Blue’s Extra packs. Just like PlayStation Vue, you can subscribe to HBO or Cinemax via SlingTV for $15 each per month.
My TV: You can easily customize your home guide to fit your tastes in the My Tv tab. If you’re obsessed with The Walking Dead, you can easily add to your Favorites so you’ll never have to search through all of Sling’s content. Recommend also shows you the latest top-rated shows and what other Sling TV users are currently watching. Continue Watching , so next time you get interrupted in the middle of your favorite show, you don’t have to worry about missing out - as the interface marks where you paused and picks up where you left off.
On Now: If your kids want to watch Mickey Mouse Clubhouse before you leave for work, the Recommend feature will learn this habit and will eventually bring Mickey Mouse Clubhouse to the top of the guide, as well as other similar shows each morning. Or if you like to watch SportsCenter at 6pm when you’re home from work; the Recommend ribbon will learn that too; and show you other sports airing at the same time.
TV SHOWS: Worried about missing an episode of the Real Housewives of New Jersey ? You’ll be able to see all of the available live and on-demand episodes of your favorite show in one place. You can easily filter down to a single show collection, and you will be able to filter featured content or trending shows.
SlingTV Supported Devices
SlingTV’s compatible devices include, Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV devices, Android phones, iPhones and iPads and gaming consoles like Microsoft Xbox One.
When it comes to comparing DirecTV Now, PlayStation Vue and SlingTV it’s a pretty close race. Though it really comes down to what channels your family likes to watch, what premium channels you want to add on and the price you’re looking to spend per month. Overall, DirecTV Now’s monthly cost of $35 is quite a bargain for streaming TV shows and movies. What service do you prefer?