New PlayStation Vue app on Roku resembles Android TV, Fire TV interface
Roku got a couple of major app upgrades in recent days with PlayStation Vue and fuboTV.
PlayStation Vue has sorely needed a new app on Roku for some time. While the live streaming service is one of the best out there, PS Vue’s user interface had the sophistication of an Atari 2600 game.
All that has changed now. The new fuboTV app represents a serious upgrade as well, one that shows the sports-first platform aims to be a serious contender in the live streaming market.
The PlayStation Vue app on Roku now skews much closer to its interface seen on Android TV devices, and Amazon Fire TV. There’s an improved guide, and you can identify shows that you have stored in your Cloud DVR. The PlayStation Vue upgrade came along with a larger tide of improvements that’s part of the Roku OS8 software update.
The software update has been gradually rolling out to Roku streaming devices since October.
New fuboTV app on Roku
fuboTV underwent a full redesign for its new Roku app that really improved navigation and using Cloud DVR. The top of the menu is divided to three sections: Sports, Channels and My Videos.
Sports: Shows all sports programming in the channel lineup that’s “Live and Upcoming.” This is a handy way to discover that your beIN Sports doesn’t just show soccer matches. You can also find the FIM Superbike World Championship. Likewise, you might notice the Penn State vs Maryland game on Big Ten Network.
Channels: This is a full guide that you can use to vertically cruise through your entire channel lineup. So aside from checking out channels like NFL Network, you can see what’s on A&E, Bravo, Travel Channel and HGTV.
My Videos: serves as a hub for Cloud DVR. Subscribers to fubo Premier get 30 hours of space as part of their subscription. You can also upgrade to 500 hours.
These new and improved apps for PlayStation Vue and fuboTV sap some of the appeal that Amazon Fire TV has had for a while.
Last year, the Fire TV box (2nd generation) was easily the best one for live streaming TV. I’m not so sure that Amazon gets to hold onto that title in my eyes. A lot more improvements appear to be on the way in the wake of these new Roku streaming devices and the Roku OS8 update.
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