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Hulu and PlayStation Vue offer a wide variety of channels, but PlayStation offers more options in terms of packages and prices. PlayStation allows for streaming on multiple devices (up to 5), while Hulu offers several original program options. Each company offers a large selection of archived movies and series from past to present. The pricing with both companies is considerably different, especially when you are looking at adding on to certain packages.

Hulu vs PlayStation Vue: The Similarities

Hulu and PlayStation Vue offer a large selection of cable channels as part of their main packages. You can add sports channels, popular movie channels, and also watch many currently running television programs in real time. Both offer a free trial (Hulu 7 days, PlayStation Vue 5 days). There are no cancelation fees or contracts to worry about. Both channels offer on-demand videos as well as libraries that contain multiple genres of movies and series.

PlayStation Vue vs Hulu: The Differences

The main differences between Hulu and PlayStation Vue have to do with the offering of original content and discounts for pricing. Hulu offers both new releases and original series on a regular basis. One of the advantages of having PlayStation Vue has to do with the discounts that are offered if you are already subscribed to PlayStation's PS Plus Pass. While PlayStation Vue is somewhat more expensive, they offer more package and add-on options than Hulu.

Costs & Monthly Plans

Hulu's basic package costs $7.99 a month, but doesn't include live television. The advanced package that includes cable and television channels starts at $39.99. There are multiple add-on features you can include such as the “no commercial” add-on for $4 extra a month. If you choose the Enhanced Cloud DVR option it will run you $14.99 per month. Unlimited screens will cost another $14.99 a month. If you bundle everything together, the final cost is $63.97 per month, after the $10 discount. You can start with a 7-day free trial and don't have to worry about cancellation fees.

All of PlayStation Vue's packages come with a 5-day trial period and no fees for canceling their service. The Access package costs $39.99 a month and offers 43+ channels. The Core package is next, starting at $44.99 and having 55+ channels. The Elite package costs $54.99 per month and includes 78+ channels. The Ultra package costs $74.99 per month and has 90+ channels. Sports Pack, Fox Soccer Plus, HBO, Showtime, and many other channels can be added to any package for an additional monthly fee.

Original Series

Hulu offers several different options when it comes to original content. The Handmaid's Tale is one of the most popular. Marvel's the Runaways and Difficult People are also available.

PlayStation Vue doesn't offer original content at this time.

New Releases

Hulu offers several new releases each month. The Black Stallion, UniKitty series, the Wonder Years, and the DaVinci Code are just a few of the most recent new releases to choose from.

PlayStation Vue offers the option of buying or renting movies from the PlayStation Store. A few of the new releases that are now available include The Nun, Creed, Venom, and Ralph Wrecks the Internet.

Live TV

Hulu offers the streaming live television in its most advanced packages. This includes several cable channels as well as those found on broadcast television. Sports packages are also available. Local channels can also be added to the mix

PlayStation Vue offers live television in most of its packages. Cable channels, broadcast channels, and local options are also available in most areas. Sports packages include professional and college-level televised games in real time.


Hulu is a good choice if you want a simple to use platform that is affordable and offers a wide selection of programming. Hulu is also good for those who watch programs on apps or mobile devices.

PlayStation Vue is the better option for those who already have a subscription to PlayStation PS Plus Pass. The programming is there, it's just slightly more expensive without the discount.