EDIT: I posted these responses before seeing the next page in the thread where most questions were answered. Because some of my responses included new information, I'm leaving as is.
Originally Posted by Eclipse01
do the smallest packages contain live local channels?
I see the website describes them as "on demand" on the channel description.
I know the live channels are "by area" but how can you know before signing up? Do you not know until you get the service?
When you go to the PS Vue website, you'll need to put in your zip code so it can tell you if you have live locals in your area. The only cities that I know to have them are New York, Chicago, Miami, Dallas, San Francisco, and Los Angeles. In those areas, you have no choice but to pay $10 more for each package than the areas that don't have all the live locals. However, in some areas, you still might get one or two locals without the extra charge depending on how those locals are owned and operated. Right now in San Diego, I get the local NBC and CBS affiliate, but still only pay $35 for the Core Slim package. (The packages have different names where customers are charged for live locals.) As soon as all live locals are added, I expect to have no choice but to pay $10 more for my current package.
Originally Posted by BrettStah
I'll be trying out the Vue service soon (maybe next week), and I'm trying to get some answers to questions ahead of the trial, so that I will be able to hopefully answer questions my wife and kids may wind up asking.
1) Is there some sort of 10/30 second skip type functionality (forwards/backwards) that a Harmony remote can send? From what I think I've been able to figure out by searching online, maybe it works with the Fire TV stick, but not with the Roku app. Is that right? Also, it may be dependent upon whether you are watching a show that has been completely recorded, versus a show that is still being recorded, versus a show that is listed as "On Demand". Seems confusing.
2) Is there some feature that stops streaming if the remote control hasn't been used in X hours? Otherwise I'm afraid someone will just leave it streaming and we may not notice for quite awhile.
3) Anyone hear anything about an Apple TV app in the works, or a TiVo app?
1) a skip function depends on the device. I know the Fire Stick and Android app have a skip function, but the PS3/4 don't. Not sure about the Roku. Skipping ahead only works on recorded shows. On Demand shows often don't allow fast forwarding/skipping ahead. You usually can pause and skip back any time on any show.
2) My PS4 remote auto-shuts off after 10-15 minutes (that's how I have it set to save batteries), but the PS Vue app will happily continue to stream until there's a local power outage or internet service interruption. YMMV on other devices.
3) They still don't offer a PS Vue app for current gen Sony smart TVs for chrissake.