How to Access On Demand Shows with PS Vue
PS Vue is a video streaming service that offers live TV, on-demand videos, and premium broadcasters like Showtime and HBO. What’s best about it is that you don’t actually need a PlayStation to use Vue. The app works on PCs, smartphones, and a few other devices.
That said, you are required to have a PlayStation Network account to sign up for Vue. The account is free and easy to set up. This article focuses on PS Vue on-demand, but we’ll also take you through the signup process and other PS Vue requirements.
PS Vue: The Signup Process
Sony has made it really easy to sign up for PS Vue, and you get a free trial even if you select one of the basic packages. Of course, you will be charged automatically if you don’t cancel the subscription before the trial expires.
And remember, you need to have a PS Network account, but you don’t need to create one before you proceed with the signup. Here are the necessary steps.
Go to vue.playstation.com and click “Try 5 Days Free!” Now, you need to type the zip code and confirm by selecting Continue.
Select one of the four subscription plans and confirm by clicking on “Choose this plan.” You can select additional packages in the following window; just click Add to choose them.
If you have a PS Network account, select “Sign in” and supply the necessary information. Otherwise, type your email and then set a password and enter your birthday to create the account.
Afterward, make sure you’ve chosen the plan you want and click “Proceed to checkout.” To finalize the signup process, select “I agree, confirm purchase.”
Next, you have the option to “Activate device” or “Watch now.” Select the former to use Vue on streaming gadgets like the Roku or choose the latter to start watching videos within the browser. You wrap up by clicking on “Yes, I’m on my home network.”
Important Note: Choosing the wrong location as your home network might lock live TV service. If this happens, you need to get in touch with the PS Vue customer service to resolve the issue.
PS Vue On-Demand and DVR
With this streaming service, you get both on-demand videos and DVR recorder. The Vue UI is well designed and you won’t have any problems to access the services. What’s best about it, you don’t need to pay extra for the DVR. Check out the quick guide on how to take advantage of on-demand and DVR.
Log into your account at Vue and select Channels. Choose a channel to see which shows are available, then click the movie or show to watch or record it.
Old shows are available right away (just click Play) and you can set automatic recording of future episodes. To do this, click the “plus” button.
If you want to preview and watch the recorded movies and shows, select “My Vue” and hit the Play button. There are no limitations to fast-forwarding, rewinding, or pausing the shows you record via DVR. However, the storage lasts for only 28 days.
On the other hand, you cannot fast forward or skip commercials when you play on-demand movies and series. There are also limitations to recording certain sporting events.
Are There Rental Options on PS Vue?
Surprisingly, there are no options to rent movies via PS Vue, at least not directly. Premium channels and Ultra subscription plan offer a lot of movies and TV series for free and that’s pretty much it.
Those who have the PlayStation console can rent movies from the PS store, but this is not the same as Vue. If you are accessing the service on any other device, you’ll need to use other vendors like Amazon, for example.
The lack of proprietary rental service is a PS Vue shortcoming. But given the number of available titles, it’s not a deal-breaker. And you never know, it might pop up with a future update.
Internet Speed Requirements
Needless to say, PS Vue needs a high-speed connection if you are to enjoy smooth streams. If you want to watch a show on one device, 10 Mbps should be enough. For more shows/devices, add 5 Mbps for each device and 20+ Mbps should cover the needs of a small household.
With this in mind, you should know that PS Vue limits the number of connected devices to 5 and this doesn’t change with premium plans. There are also certain restrictions in terms of devices you can use. For example, you are allowed to stream on one PS4 and one PS3, which means you cannot stream on two PS4s at once.
The limit caps at three for mobile devices and all of this applies to on-demand videos or any other stream you use. The best way to work around the limitations is to access Vue via different devices.
It’s Vue Time
Accessing on-demand videos on PS Vue is plain sailing, plus you get free DVR and storage with each subscription plan. Whatever you choose, it’s important to use the right network location and keep the limitations and requirements in mind.
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