10 Must-Have TV Apps for Your PlayStation 5

The PlayStation 5’s ultra-high-speed SSD and advanced graphics make it a prime candidate for more than just gaming. Here are my picks for must-have TV streaming apps.

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As a gamer and PlayStation console owner, I’ve spent countless hours exploring the best ways to enhance my entertainment experience. 

The PS5 isn’t just a powerhouse for gaming. It’s also a central hub for streaming content, including a number of popular TV apps. Today, I am sharing my personal insights on the best streaming apps that have transformed my PS5 into a multimedia station.

I first started using PlayStation game consoles as a TV-media hub back in 2017 with my PlayStation 3. TV apps for PlayStation 3 are largely unsupported now. But many of the apps listed below can be used with a PlayStation 4 console as well. 

Why Streaming Apps on PS5?

Not everyone wants to switch over to a streaming device or Smart TV hub to watch live TV or a movie on Netflix. 

The PlayStation 5’s ultra-high-speed SSD and advanced graphics make it a prime candidate for more than just gaming. Its ability to stream high-definition and 4K content seamlessly is a game-changer for movie buffs and series bingers like me.

Top TV Streaming Apps for PS5

Netflix: The Streaming Giant

Netflix was one of the first apps I downloaded on my PlayStation. With its vast library of movies, series, and documentaries, it’s a no-brainer for any streaming enthusiast. The app’s interface on PS5 is slick, and the streaming quality automatically adjusts to the best possible resolution, thanks to the console’s robust hardware.

Amazon Prime Video: Diverse Content at Your Fingertips

Amazon Prime Video’s app on PS5 adds a robust variety of quality movies and TV shows – many of which are in 4K. 

From blockbuster movies to Amazon Originals, I’ve found content that caters to all my moods. Watching the series “Reacher” in 4K on the PS5 has been a particularly immersive experience, thanks to the console’s ability to deliver content in ultra-high definition. The app’s integration with my Prime membership also means I get to enjoy additional benefits like Prime Gaming perks.

Disney+: For the Love of Disney, Marvel, and Star Wars

Disney+ on PS5 is a portal to nostalgia and the latest hits from Disney, Pixar, Marvel, and Star Wars. The app’s user-friendly interface and the PS5’s 4K & HDR capabilities make watching The Mandalorian a visually stunning experience.

Hulu: Live and On-Demand TV

Hulu’s app provides a blend of live TV and on-demand content, which is perfect for when I can’t decide between catching up on a live sports event or binge-watching a series. The app’s integration with other services like ESPN+ makes it a versatile choice for comprehensive entertainment.

Max: Exclusive Content in High Quality

Max, formerly HBO Max, is where I go for exclusive series, movies, and Max Originals. The app’s performance on the PS5 is seamless, ensuring that watching favorites like “Succession” or “The Flight Attendant” is a smooth and enjoyable experience.

Paramount Plus: A New Contender

Paramount Plus has quickly become a favorite on my PS5. With access to CBS, Nickelodeon, and Paramount movies, it’s a fantastic addition for anyone looking for a mix of live TV, movies, and original series.

Pluto TV: The Free Streaming Frontier on PS5

For those who crave variety without the price tag, Pluto TV on PS5 is your ticket to a vast universe of free entertainment. 

This ad-supported streaming service offers an impressive selection of movies spanning across genres. The diverse lineup of FAST channels covers classic movies and TV shows, sports highlights, news, and niche-interest channels. 

It’s the perfect addition to your PS5 streaming lineup for channel surfing, free movies and discovering new favorites.

Sling TV: Live TV Tailored for You

Sling TV on PS5 is a budget-friendly pick for live TV, especially if you need ESPN or other cable channels. With its customizable packages, I can tailor my subscription to include my favorite sports networks, news, and entertainment channels while spending far less than other live TV streaming services.

YouTube TV: Comprehensive Live TV Streaming

YouTube TV offers an extensive range of live TV channels, including local news and sports. Its cloud DVR feature is a significant plus, allowing me to record shows and watch them at my convenience on my PS5.

YouTube: For Every Interest

YouTube on PS5 is my go-to for a quick video fix, whether it’s gaming walkthroughs, cooking tutorials, or tech reviews. The app’s easy navigation and fast streaming align perfectly with the PS5’s user interface.

FAQs on Streaming Apps for PS5

How do I install streaming apps on my PS5?

Navigate to the Media section on your PS5 home screen, find the app you want to install in the media library, and select ‘Download.’

Can I stream in 4K on PS5?

Yes, if the streaming service offers 4K content and you have a compatible 4K TV, the PS5 can stream in 4K resolution.

Are there any free streaming apps on PS5?

Yes, apps like YouTube offer free content, though some services may require a subscription for premium content.

Final Thoughts on PS5 Streaming Apps

My PlayStation has proven to be more than a gaming console for me. It’s a comprehensive entertainment device that brings the best gaming and streaming services to my fingertips. 

Whether I’m in the mood for a movie night, catching up on a series, or just chilling with some music, the PS5’s TV streaming apps cater to all my needs.  

Jim Kimble is a seasoned industry expert with over two decades of journalism experience. He has been at the forefront of the cord-cutting movement since 2016, testing and writing about TV-related products and services. He founded The Cord Cutting Report in 2016, and serves as the editor.

Major publications, including MarketWatch, Forbes, and South Florida Sun Sentinel, have interviewed Kimble for his years of expertise. He gives advice on the complexities consumers are navigating with streaming options, and over-the-air TV. Kimble has been a staff writer or correspondent for several award-winning, daily newspapers, including The Boston Globe.

5 thoughts on “10 Must-Have TV Apps for Your PlayStation 5”

  1. Hi, We just joined the ranks of OTA TV viewers. We are 50+ miles from nearest transmitting towers. We can get national news, but prefer local news from Jacksonville Fl, or Savannah GA. Is that a possibility with PS3 or PS4?


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