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You can sign up for the free trial on the PlayStation Vue website. A credit card is required to complete the process. Make sure to keep track of your login information, as you will need it to cancel the service. Signing up for the free trial is a straightforward process. Just follow the instructions on the PlayStation Vue website.
Once you have signed up for PlayStation Vue, you can proceed with installing and activating the service on Apple TV. First, launch the App Store and use the top menu to open the search screen. Enter “PlayStation” or as many characters needed to display the PlayStation Vue app. Next, click on the PlayStation Vue icon and click on Get to install the app. Once installed, you can launch it from the app details screen by clicking on Open. I recommend launching the app by pressing the Siri button and saying “PlayStation Vue”.
When the PlayStation app launches for the first time, you will be required to activate your Apple TV. The app guides you through the process, providing a website URL and activation code. Make sure to have a smartphone, tablet or computer nearby, as you will be prompted to enter an activation code on the website. You will need to login to the website using the PlayStation ID you created when signing up for the service.
Once your Apple TV is activated, you can use the PlayStation Vue service. Let’s take a look at some of the key features of the app.
PlayStation Vue Home Screen
Users are presented with the Home screen after activating the app. It’s the most useful screen on PlayStation Vue, enabling quick access to your favorite TV shows. Scrolling down on the Home screen displays all of the different categories — You’re Watching, Recently Watched, My Shows, Live TV, Favorite Channels and Featured. I find it easier to tap (not click) on the Touch surface instead of swiping, especially when navigating the Home screen.
The You’re Watching category displays the current TV channel being viewed, along with the upcoming schedule. Recently Watched displays shows that you have just viewed. My Shows displays programs that will be recorded using PlayStation Vue’s integrated DVR feature. Favorite Channels makes it easy to access only the channels you like. Promoted shows are displayed in the Featured category.
It’s important to note that all of the video cards are interactive. You can click on a show and view details, add it to My Shows and view recommendations. If the card represents a currently playing show, clicking on it will change the channel.
You don’t need to tap the Menu button to dismiss a menu. Simply don’t do anything for 10 seconds and the menus will fade away.
If you haven’t finished interacting with the user interface, simply tap (not click) the Touch surface on the Siri Remote, before it fades away. At first, I found it irksome, but now I love this feature. It’s very elegant, aesthetically pleasing and it simplifies user interaction. Just press the Menu button to revisit the screen that faded away. (continue…)