Yesterday when talking about PlayStation Music I mentioned that it might be one of the few times that a PlayStation 4 media service outclasses a similar service on the Xbox One (I was comparing PlayStation Music to Pandora on Xbox One).
Well we might be seeing another case of this, if rumors hold true. We talked about Dish's Sling TV recently. If you missed that post, Sling TV is a streaming TV service that should be out very soon. It'll be available on the Xbox One, and that's a 'console exclusive' (in other words it won't be on PS4 or Wii U), though it'll be available on other non-console platforms as well.
But before there was Sling TV, we talked about PlayStation Vue. That's Sony's streaming TV service. We haven't heard much about it since mid-November, but earlier this week a tester leaked some info to GigaOm.
Now we don't know what Vue is going to cost (Sling TV starts at $20/month) but the channel line-up (assuming the tipster has it right and that the lineup is the same as it'll be at launch) is more compelling than Sling TV's, at least to me. GigaOm quotes their source as revealing this channel selection:
"Spike, CBS, NBC, Fox, My9, Telemundo, American Heroes, Animal Planet, BET, BET Gospel, Big Ten network, Bravo, CBS Plus, Centric, Chiller, Cloo, CMT Pure Country, CNBC, CNBC World, Comedy Central, Cooking Channel, Cozi TV, Destination America, Discovery Channel, Discovery Family, Discovery Life, DIY, E!, Esquire, Exits, Food Network, Fox College Sports (3), Fox Sports 1,2,3, FX, FXM, FXX, Golf Channel, HGTV, Investigation Discovery, LOGO, Movies TV, MSNBC, MTV (Hits, Jam, 2, U), Nat Geo, all the Nickelodeons, OWN, Oxygen, Palladia, Science, Sprout, SYFY, Teen Nick, Travel, TV Land, Universal, USA, Velocity, VH1, Vh1 Classic, Soul, YES Network."
Sports fans need to make note of the fact that ESPN is not on there, and Sling TV does have ESPN. That might be a determining factor for you. Personally though I like that Vue has three of the four major networks (ABC seems to be missing) and a lot of cable networks that I find myself watching more often than I might care to admit (I'm thinking of stuff like the Discovery channels, SyFy, the Science Channel, Nat Geo and the Travel Channel).
GigaOm notes that PlayStation Vue also lets you save episodes on a 'cloud DVR' for up to 28 days. Sling TV apparently offers some, but not all, channels on demand so you need to educate yourself on what you have to watch live and what you can come back to. The source also seemed pleased with the UI and speed of the service.
Assuming GigaOm's source is legit, and assuming that Vue doesn't cost too much, it may wind up being a better deal than Sling TV. It's safe to say it'll be on PlayStation consoles but not on the Xbox. Maybe Sony is finally getting their media stuff together. Heck, cable TV is so crazy expensive that we might be able to subscribe to Sling and Vue and still save money. We'll know more when Sony announces a price.