PlayStation Vue Raising Prices for Every Subscription Plan by $5, Now Starts at $49.99/Month

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Sony today announced that its live TV streaming service, PlayStation Vue, will receive a $5/month price hike across every one of its multi-channel plans. This means that the cheapest PS Vue plan will now be $49.99/month for the "Access" tier.


Additionally, the "Core" tier will be priced at $54.99/month, the "Elite" tier will be $64.99/month, and the "Ultra" tier will be $84.99/month. The price hike is effective today for new customers, while existing customers will retain their existing prices for at least 30 days, and then will see new prices during their first billing cycle on or after July 31, 2019.

Sony said that because of the rising cost of content each year, it decided to increase prices to ensure that it provides "the best live TV viewing experience at the most compelling value." The company also noted that it will continue to develop new features and integrations for the service in the future, and pointed out that PS Vue already offers multi-view on Apple TV, a conflict-free DVR, and more.
With costs rising each year for content, we constantly evaluate each deal to ensure we continue to deliver the content you want while considering the overall value of each package. After reviewing this, we have made the decision to raise the price of all of our multi-channel plans by $5. This change starts today for new customers. Our existing customers will keep their current price for at least 30 days and will see the new price beginning on their first billing cycle on or after July 31.
PS Vue is the latest live TV streaming service to see a price hike this year; it was preceded by YouTube TV in April, FuboTV in March, and DirecTV Now also in March. All three of these services increased their rates by $10/month.

Below we've listed the current entry-level prices across the major live TV streaming services:
[*]SlingTV - $25/month for "Orange and Blue" with limited-time discount
[*]Hulu With Live TV - $44.99/month
[*]PS Vue - $49.99/month for "Access" tier
[*]YouTube TV - $49.99/month
[*]DirecTV Now - $50/month for "Plus" and "Live a Little"
[*]FuboTV - $54.99/month for "Standard" With its $5/month hike today, PS Vue now matches entry level plans offered by DirecTV Now and YouTube TV. This allows Hulu With Live TV to take the mantle as the cheapest entry-level live TV streaming service (for now).

Article Link: PlayStation Vue Raising Prices for Every Subscription Plan by $5, Now Starts at $49.99/Month
 

aneftp

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My triple play directv satellite with 200 channels (old grand fathered choice ) with 3 receivers and home dvr plus free hbo

1000mpbs att fiber and home phone ($10)

Literally cost me $139 a month (all taxes included)

If i were to unbundled and go with these steaming services ($50 plus Florida 12% streaming taxes) plus $70 att 300mpbs plus phone. I’m not saving any money. And for slower internet! 1000mpbs is $90 stand a lone
 
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dragje

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Very expensive...

In The Netherlands we have to pay about €18,70 a month... with HBO about €32....

No way near €50 let alone close to €80

If Apple TV will cost more then €15,- a
month then it’s a no no for me...
 

ericg301

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that Hulu price doesn't included the "enhanced DVR" that lets you FF through commercials. to me that's essential. so add $10 for that, which makes Vue the same price as Hulu
 
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ericg301

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i cut the cord literally just this past weekend and switched to Vue. it's the best mix of channels and features for us. but even with this increase, we're still saving over $500/yr over the cable double play we had before
 

Stratus Fear

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Didn't they already raise the price by $5 a year or two ago? I think they're really going to start pricing a bunch of people out again. I mean, the cheapest Xfinity option in many markets is $70/mo TV only. So not far off.

From what I've heard, typically the two biggest costs to these plans are locals and sports. If they made a no locals and/or no sports package (think Philo @ $20/mo) I think they'd pick up a non-trivial number of subs that way. But maybe the content providers have these services on thin enough margins already, who knows. I just know I'm not excited to go back toward higher prices again. I went for Philo when it was still $16/mo and picked up an antenna for OTA stuff. It's cheaper to do that and take a six pack of beer over to a friend's house when there's a football game on ESPN I want to watch.
 

TimUSCA

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Didn't they already raise the price by $5 a year or two ago? I think they're really going to start pricing a bunch of people out again. I mean, the cheapest Xfinity option in many markets is $70/mo TV only. So not far off.

From what I've heard, typically the two biggest costs to these plans are locals and sports. If they made a no locals and/or no sports package (think Philo @ $20/mo) I think they'd pick up a non-trivial number of subs that way. But maybe the content providers have these services on thin enough margins already, who knows. I just know I'm not excited to go back toward higher prices again. I went for Philo when it was still $16/mo and picked up an antenna for OTA stuff. It's cheaper to do that and take a six pack of beer over to a friend's house when there's a football game on ESPN I want to watch.
$5 a year ago and $10 a year before that. So it's gone from $30 to $50/month in 2 years.
 

ThatGuyInLa

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This was always going to happen. You will never win. Same thing will happen if the day ever comes we’re all driving electric cars. Companies will have us paying “per fill up” what we would’ve paid for petrol. Hell, maybe more.
 

Jemi9OD

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I signed up in November 2017, so I missed the 2017 price increase; it was 39.99 for me at the time. Changed by $5 on July 2 2018. Changing this July by $5. Now it'll be 49.99 - a full 20% increase in the less-than-two-years I've been a member.

You know what i'd like: I'd like a service that does not stream, but rather that just acts as a "cable login" so you can still access all the individual channel's apps that require you to have a cable subscription. Make it $15/month, since you have to stream nothing. Wishful thinking, I guess. :)

We have PS Vue but we only watch maybe 3-4 channels. Seems like a waste, and at this point we'll be paying the equivalent of over $10 for each individual channel we watch.
 
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JetTester

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I’ve delayed cutting the cord long enough that it isn’t likely to save us much. And it is so much less complicated with cable - single source, single box with DVR.
 

jwdsail

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I could almost forgive the price increase if they weren't shoving in even more channels I'd never watch, even if you aimed two shotguns at my crotch...

They could consider keeping their BS Tennis channel, and keeping the price the same, and keeping my business...

Or ... not.

Just more money left every month to go to the local race track, and more money for tires and brake pads for my own motorsports misadventures..

Screw-um.
 

EM2013

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Every streaming company gives that BS excuse when it inevitably raise prices. Isn’t the whole purpose so you can cut expensive cable. Defeats the purpose when you raise prices every year.

This is why I don’t pay for any streaming service or cable. WiFi only.
 
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dude-x

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This is why I cut cable back in 2013. Prices rose every 12-18 months and soon my bill goes beyond 200 bucks a month.

Right now I only have HBO and Netflix but if these services start raising prices every year, I will downgrade first, and then eventually go back to the sites that offer it for nada if they raise prices in a short period of time.
 
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Pafoofnik

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Worse than cable with the price tweaks. Coming from someone who has not cut the cord yet...i really need to cut it.
In 2004, I began to realize that cable/satellite providers seemed to be more interested in peddling their technology (e.g., digital recorders, just starting to emerge back then) rather than attempting to improve the quality of the content (read, KRAP) they broadcast, tailored, apparently, for the tastes of the local village idiot. I cancelled my subscription, tossed my TV in the trash and have not missed any of it in the ensuing 15 years. Good riddance.
 

zapmymac

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Creep, creep, creep! As noted above, OP stated we all knew this will happen and continue. Bummer though.

I had cut the cord with Directv Now and got the free appletv promo. Stayed with them through their beta period for the DVR service, left after it went live. (16 months?) PS VUE is quite good in my area (SoCal).

It does glitch, but it keeps getting better through regular updates luckily.

I have zero plans to ever go back to a traditional cable box. Multi-view is a great feature imo.

I wonder when prices will across the board be more expensive then traditional cable; we’ll be crying for a return to the “old ways”
 

sirozha

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Just sell the channels à la carte and let us choose. I would get 5-6 cable channels. With another 8-10 broadcast channels available OTA, I would be just fine. $5/channel per month.
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The ability to easily unsubscribe and resubscribe will always make these options way better than standard cable in my eyes. Trying to deal with cancelling ATT or Comcast is a headache. Plus you can't use it in any room or while you're away from home.
Sure you can. HDHomeRun Prime.
 

picaman

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Even though I switched from AT&T to T-Mobile, I’m paying $15/month for WatchTV and I’m very happy with it. Downgraded from DirectTV Now and don’t miss the broadcast networks at all.
 

Dephtones

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These services were nice once upon a time. Now it’s just better to have a regular cable or satellite service. Can still watch if net is down and can still watch shows on mobile devices.
 

Plutonius

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My cost for Spectrum cable internet just went up from $47.00 / month (including taxes) to $76.00 dollars / month (including taxes). This is for a slow 20 Mbps down and 2 Mbps up connection.

I ended up canceling my Sling TV ($25.00 / month) to offset the increased internet cost.

Now I only have Hulu ($5.99 / month) and the free channels I get through my Roku to go along with my over the air antenna :).
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Can still watch if net is down and can still watch shows on mobile devices.
I'm not sure if there are any streaming services that you can't watch on mobile devices.
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This is why I don’t pay for any streaming service or cable. WiFi only.
and WiFi is getting very expensive :(.