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When it comes to deciding the right live TV streaming service for you, there are a couple of key factors to consider—namely,  the monthly cost and the channels available. With that in mind, we’ve created a comprehensive list of PlayStation Vue channels, broken up by subscription tiers, as well as a guide to the available premium channel add-ons and our thoughts on the best deal for your buck. (If you’re looking for more general information about PS Vue, you can check out our beginner’s guide here.)

One thing to note: There will be some variation in your PlayStation Vue local channels depending on your zip code. The live feeds for ABC, CBS, Fox, and NBC might not be available in your area, but if that’s the case, PS Vue offers an on-demand alternative for each channel—with the noted exception of CBS—so you can still catch all of your favorite shows, if not live sports. (You’ll have to look into CBS All-Access if the live version isn’t available in your zip code.) To see how this might affect you, you can punch in your zip code here.

PlayStation Vue channels

1) PlayStation Vue Access

Cost: $44.99

The Access package establishes the baseline of channels that each customer can expect when subscribing to PlayStation Vue, and there’s a lot to love, with AMC, FX, ESPN, Disney and much more, in addition to local channels. Note: Your channel package might look slightly different based on your location, but the only variation should be in the local channel offerings.

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PlayStation Vue Access channels:

  • AMC
  • Animal Planet
  • BBC America
  • Bravo
  • Cartoon Network
  • CNBC
  • CNN
  • Cozi TV
  • Decades
  • Destination America
  • Discovery
  • Disney Channel
  • Disney Junior
  • Disney XD
  • DIY Network
  • E!
  • ESPN
  • ESPN2
  • Food Network
  • Fox Business
  • Fox News Channel
  • FREEFORM
  • FS1
  • FS2
  • FX
  • FXX
  • HGTV
  • HLN
  • Investigation Discovery
  • MSNBC
  • National Geographic
  • NBCSN
  • OWN
  • Oxygen
  • Pop
  • SCI
  • Syfy
  • Telemundo
  • TBS
  • TLC
  • TNT
  • Travel Channel
  • truTV
  • USA
  • WE TV

2) PlayStation Vue Core

Cost: $49.99 a month

While it’s not billed as such, it’d be accurate to describe PlayStation Vue’s Core as a sports package. In addition to Access’ 45 channels, Core includes the Big Ten Network, CBS Sports Network, ESPN News, ESPNU, NBC Golf, MLB Network, NBA TV, SEC Network, and perhaps most importantly, the NFL Network. 

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PlayStation Vue Core channels:

  • AMC
  • Animal Planet
  • BBC America
  • Big Ten Network
  • Bravo
  • Cartoon Network
  • CBS Sports Network
  • CNBC
  • CNN
  • Cooking Channel
  • Cozi TV
  • Decades
  • Destination America
  • Discovery
  • Disney Channel
  • Disney Junior
  • Disney XD
  • DIY Network
  • E!
  • ESPN
  • ESPN2
  • ESPNews
  • ESPNU
  • Food Network
  • Fox Business
  • Fox News Channel
  • FREEFORM
  • FS1
  • FS2
  • FX
  • FXX
  • Hallmark
  • HGTV
  • HLN
  • IFC
  • Investigation Discovery
  • MLB Network
  • MSNBC
  • National Geographic
  • National Geographic Wild
  • NBA TV
  • NBCSN
  • NFL Network
  • Olympic Channel
  • OWN
  • Oxygen
  • Pop
  • SCI
  • SEC Network
  • Sundance TV
  • Syfy
  • Telemundo
  • TBS
  • TLC
  • TNT
  • Travel Channel
  • truTV
  • Turner Classic Movies
  • USA
  • WE TV

3) PlayStation Vue Elite

Cost: $59.99

PlayStation Vue’s Elite package tacks on a bunch of channels you’ll never watch. Do you really need two spinoff channels for both Discovery and Hallmark? Of course not. This package is the equivalent of stuffing yourself with chips and salsa before your meal actually comes to the table. I honestly don’t see a single reason why you should pay an extra $10 a month for this package. 

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PlayStation Vue Elite channels:

  • AMC
  • Animal Planet
  • BBC America
  • BBC World News
  • Big Ten Network
  • Bloomberg
  • Bravo
  • Cartoon Network
  • CBS Sports Network
  • CNBC
  • CNBC World
  • CNN
  • Cooking Channel
  • Cozi TV
  • Decades
  • Destination America
  • Discovery
  • Discovery Family
  • Discovery Life
  • Disney Channel
  • Disney Junior
  • Disney XD
  • DIY Network
  • E!
  • ESPN
  • ESPN2
  • ESPNews
  • ESPNU
  • Food Network
  • Fox Business
  • Fox Deportes
  • Fox News Channel
  • FREEFORM
  • FS1
  • FS2
  • Fusion
  • FX
  • FXM
  • FXX
  • Ginx Esports TV
  • Hallmark Channel
  • Hallmark Drama
  • Hallmark Movies and Mysteries
  • HGTV
  • Hi-Yah!
  • HLN
  • IFC
  • Impact
  • Investigation Discovery
  • MGM HD
  • MLB Network
  • MSNBC
  • National Geographic
  • National Geographic Wild
  • NBA TV
  • NBCSN
  • NFL Network
  • Olympic Channel
  • OWN
  • Oxygen
  • Pop
  • SCI
  • Sony Movie Channel
  • Sundance TV
  • Syfy
  • Telemundo
  • TBS
  • TLC
  • TNT
  • Travel Channel
  • truTV
  • Turner Classic Movies
  • USA
  • Velocity
  • WE TV

4) PlayStation Vue Ultra

Cost: $79.99 per month

On paper, PlayStation Vue looks like a great deal. It’s only $20 more per month than the Elite package, and it includes Showtime and HBO. But really? That’s it. And you’re better off with the Core package and, if you’re really interested in HBO and Showtime, adding those individually, either through PS Vue (see below) or as standalone apps, would be a lot cheaper. 

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PlayStation Vue Ultra channels:

  • AMC
  • Animal Planet
  • BBC America
  • BBC World News
  • Big Ten Network
  • Bloomberg
  • Bravo
  • Cartoon Network
  • CBS Sports Network
  • CNBC
  • CNBC World
  • CNN
  • Cooking Channel
  • Cozi TV
  • Decades
  • Destination America
  • Discovery
  • Discovery Family
  • Discovery Life
  • Disney Channel
  • Disney Junior
  • Disney XD
  • DIY Network
  • E!
  • ESPN
  • ESPN2
  • ESPNews
  • ESPNU
  • Food Network
  • Fox Business
  • Fox Deportes
  • Fox News Channel
  • FREEFORM
  • FS1
  • FS2
  • Fusion
  • FX
  • FXM
  • FXX
  • Ginx Esports TV
  • Hallmark Channel
  • Hallmark Drama
  • Hallmark Movies and Mysteries
  • HBO
  • HGTV
  • Hi-Yah!
  • HLN
  • IFC
  • Impact
  • Investigation Discovery
  • MGM HD
  • MLB Network
  • MSNBC
  • National Geographic
  • National Geographic Wild
  • NBA TV
  • NBCSN
  • NFL Network
  • Olympic Channel
  • OWN
  • Oxygen
  • Pop
  • SCI
  • Showtime
  • Sony Movie Channel
  • Sundance TV
  • Syfy
  • Telemundo
  • TBS
  • TLC
  • TNT
  • Travel Channel
  • truTV
  • Turner Classic Movies
  • USA
  • Velocity
  • WE TV

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PS Vue channels: The bundles

1) Sports Pack

Cost: $10 per month

The Sports Pack is only available with the Core, Elite, and Ultra subscriptions. It’s worth noting that live games may still be subject to regional blackouts. Some of the channels fluctuate based on the season—so you get ESPN Bases Loaded for baseball season in late May through early June, and ESPN Goal Line when the NFL ramps up in late August. More importantly, the Sports pack is the only way you’ll be able to watch NFL RedZone on PlayStation Vue. That alone justifies the monthly cost.

PlayStation Vue Sports Pack channels:

  • Eleven Sports
  • ESPN Bases Loaded (Fri, Sat, Sun 1pm-11pm ET late May – early June)
  • ESPN Goal Line (Saturdays 3pm-11:30pm ET late Aug – late Nov)
  • ESPN Classic
  • FOX College Atlantic
  • FOX College Central
  • FOX College Pacifica
  • Longhorn Network
  • MLB Network Strike Zone (Tuesdays & Fridays  during the regular MLB season)
  • NBCUniversal regional sports networks
  • NESN
  • NFL RedZone (preseason Aug 26 7:30 PM ET– 10:30 PM ET; regular season Sundays 1 PM ET – 8 PM ET Sept – Dec)
  • Outside TV

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2) Español Pack

Cost: $5

This is an essential add-on for Spanish-language viewers, but it’s worth noting that Fox Desportes is also already included in the Elite and Ultra packages.

PlayStation Vue Español Pack channels: 

  • BabyTV
  • CINE SONY
  • CNN Español
  • Discovery en Español
  • Discovery Familia
  • Fox Deportes
  • Fox Life
  • Nat Geo Mundo
  • Universo

PlayStation Vue channels: Add-on channels

1) HBO – $14.99 per month

This option includes access to the HBO Now app (but not HBO Go) as well as live feeds.

2) Cinemax – $15.00 per month

Includes live feeds

3) HBO MAX Pack – $21.99 per month or $19.99 with PlayStation Plus subscription

Combines HBO and Cinemax offerings

4) Showtime – $10.99 per month or $8.99 with PlayStation Plus subscription

Unlocks the Showtime Anytime app and live feeds

5) Premium Pack – $13.99 per month or $11.49 with PlayStation Plus subscription

Combines Showtime and Epix

6) Fox Soccer Plus – $14.99 per month or $12.99 with PlayStation Plus subscription

Watch games from Bundesliga, UEFA Champions League, UEFA Europa League, and England’s FA Cup, among others.  (Worth noting: This option doesn’t include access to the Fox Soccer 2Go app.)

7) FX+ – $5.99 per month

FX’s on-demand channel offers more than 1,400 episodes and new episodes arrive the same time they air live—all with no commercials.

8) Epix Hits – $3.99 per month or $2.99 with a PlayStation Plus subscription

Available only with Access or Core subscriptions and automatically included with Elite and Ultra packages. Can also be acquired via the Premium Pack.

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PlayStation Vue channels: The best option

Unless you’re a sports fan, especially one looking to add the Sports Pack and get NFL RedZone, your best option is actually the cheapest: The $44.99-per-month Access package. It gives you all of the essential channels you need without any of the unnecessary filter. And at that price point, it’s more competitive with other live TV streaming options like Sling TV, Hulu with Live TV, FuboTV, DirecTV Now, and YouTube TV. If you can’t live without premium channels like HBO and Showtime, you’ll save a lot of money by adding those individually, either through PlayStation Vue or as standalone apps, the same way you would subscribe to Starz, ESPN+, or other services not included in PlayStation Vue’s packages.

Austin Powell

Austin Powell

Austin Powell is the managing editor of the Daily Dot. His work focuses on the intersection of entertainment and technology. He previously served as a music columnist for the Austin Chronicle and is the co-author of The Austin Chronicle Music Anthology.