Post by PatriotPaine on Jun 28, 2016 18:41:56 GMT -6
I've played very little of MyCareer and that's it. I'm not familiar with the franchise, don't watch/follow basketball, don't know what any of the positions are or the actual rules (never played organized basketball)... so I don't expect to even beat the CPU in most games.
Anybody ever put any thought into Playstation Vue?
I've been thinking more and more about getting rid of my current tv service and long term I could save a ton of money. Basically I could get the absolute cheapest bare bones Playstation Vue package and still have all the channels that I actually watch. I'd thought about it before but then my concern was I didn't want to go back to only having tv in one room. However then I noticed that Playstation Vue is available on Amazon Fire Tv. So I should be able to get a couple of Amazon Fire TV sticks for the other rooms in my house and be set. According to the FAQ you can stream up to 1 PS4, 1 PS3, and 3 other devices simultaneously; so in theory it should work. I'd obviously use the free trial period to test it out first before I cancelled my existing service.
Worst case scenario I'd have Amazon TV on the other sets in my house which would at least allow Netflix everywhere. Potentially though it could be a fairly major savings.
Guy on one of the VT boards I go on did a trial for it this weekend, this was his review.
For the last two years, I have, at times, been a reluctant patron of Comcast. When I moved to northern Virginia back in 2014, I signed up for a $79.99 package with them that included 45 mbps Internet and cable TV. For what I was making at my new job, it was a good deal that awarded me decently fast internet with the bare bones of standard definition cable for the times I simply wanted to watch something on TV.
However, since then, my bill has risen to $115 while my wages have stayed roughly the same. Other bills have gone up as well so recently I began looking into the alternatives for Comcast.
Enter Playstation Vue.
As an avid Playstation 4 owner, Vue made a lot of sense. The reviews were noticeably better than the few other streaming alternatives, mainly Dish Network’s SlingTV. The ability the change your plan month-to-month really adds a lot of convenience for me. The majority of my regular television consumption comes in the fall and winter while my TV consumption decreases in the spring and summer. The ability the scale back my package in just five minutes to save some money is a great feature.
If you’ve never browsed the packages that Sony offers, it’s pretty simple. They have three tiers you can choose from depending on how many and which channels you want. For this review (and the seven day free trail), I chose their Elite package featuring over 100 channels. However, the three tiers breakdown as so:
Elite: 100 channels - $45 a month Core: 70 channels - $35 a month Access: 55 channels - $25 a month
The main differences between the packages are the sports channels you get. For most sports fans, there isn’t really a reason to go above the Core package as that one includes both ESPN’s, ESPNU, ESPNEWS, NFL Network, Fox Sports 1, Fox Sports 2, NBCSN, Big Ten Network, and SEC Network. It also includes the Golf Channel and Comcast Sports Net (important for my fellow Caps fans).
The only downside in the packages that I’ve been able to find is the availability of local channels. Obviously, most sports that you’re going to watch are going to be aired on CBS, ABC, NBC, or Fox. If you’re an NFL fan then this is crucial for you. Unfortunately, Sony has only come to agreements with certain local channels. For me in the Washington DC area, Fox and NBC are available. CBS and ABC are not.
Thankfully, for some this is simple matter that can be easily solved with an Amazon 50-mile antenna that you can buy for $20 bucks. If you live close enough to your distributors, you can access those channels over the air in full-HD. For me, I live too far outside of DC to access them so I’m sort of out of luck there.
For most of Saturday, I kept Playstation Vue pulled up because I really wanted to test the bandwith capabilities of the service. Obviously, when internet usage is light (overnight, early morning) the service should be flawless. And, it was. The picture for the Georgia Tech vs. Boston College game was phenomenal and I never experienced any buffering issues.
The afternoon games were a little difference experiences as the clear 1080p picture would go fuzzy for 10 seconds until it buffered enough to bring back the clearer resolution picture. However, this was fairly uncommon and at best would happen every 10 minutes. Plus, there’s a chance my cheap-o router is to blame.
Honestly, the fact that I watched about 9 hours of football through Playstation Vue on Saturday and didn’t have one buffering problem really makes me believe in this service and seriously consider it as my future go-to TV service.
However, if you are also looking to cut the cord then I recommend two things:
1.) Invest in a really good cable modem and a really good router. For this, I would spend about $100 to $150 on each.
2.) Make sure you can hardwire your PS4 into your wireless router. If you can’t then either you’ll need to spend more on getting a top-of-the-line router (ASUS Nighthawk, preferably) or you might deal with more bandwith issues than I experienced.
On the whole, Playstation Vue is a great value for those looking to ditch Comcast for everything except internet connection. There are a few drawbacks like the need for a hardwired quality setup and the lack of local channels. But, the value you're getting for just $35 a month is really unbeatable at the moment.
Unfortunately days like this remind me of why I'm still hesitant to cut the cord. Twice in less than a week that PSN has gone down. Has been down closing in on two hours at least. Kind of sucks since literally the three games I wanted to play all require online.
Haven't had a problem buying codes off Amazon and doing it that way. Would be more convenient to cut out that middle man step, but I've been doing it that way since Sony got hacked a few years ago, so I'm used to it.