Apple may not have yet launched its own TV streaming service, but theres now another way to watch live television on Apples set-top box: Sonys PlayStation VuesApple TV application has arrived. The service, which is available on Apple TV 4th-generation devices, offers all of Vues standard features, including its cloud DVR and support for simultaneous streams, and it works with the Siri Remote, the company says.
Sony has been working to bring the service to more platforms in recent months, in order to make the streamingTV service more accessible to those who dont have a PlayStation gaming console. In October, for example, it hit Android TV, and this month, it launched on the web for Mac and PC users. However, Apple TV support remained one of users top requests, says Sony.
A competitor to Dishs Sling TV, and soon, Hulus live TV service, as well as AT&Ts DirecTV Now, Vue has been focused on promoting its feature set and user experience as its biggest differentiating factors. While the service unfortunately justlost all Viacom channels, Sony still believes its larger selling points like itscloud DVR will give it an edge over rivals.
In addition, compared with Sling TV, Vue lets you watch on more devices at the same time, making it a better fit for larger families where several people want to watch different programs on their own devices and TV sets. With Vue, you can watch on up to five devices at once, while Slings best plan (Sling Blue) only allows up to three simultaneous streams.
The availability of the live channels like NBC, Fox, ESPN, NFL Network and others will depend on where you live. But youre also able to add on premium networks like AMC, FX, HBO and Showtime, to round out the experience. And PlayStation Vue offers a few different pricing tiers ranging from those who want a more basic experience to those who want all of Vueschannels, including sports, movies and premium networks.
The Apple TV app is straightforward to use. Tabs at the top let you move in between the programming guide, access search or adjust your settings. And its simplified layout is much easier to navigate that the messy interface offered by Sling TV, in terms of aesthetics.
Though ultimately, the choice of which streaming TV service will come down to a number of factors beyond looks. With Vues continued expansion to support more devices, higher number of simultaneous streams and other unique features, its definitely one that should be considered when cutting the cord for good.