The SlingTV streaming service is quickly growing and rightfully so. My reason for switching was simple, the cost of my cable service was just too high. I’ve found SlingTV to be a good alternative. It’s a solid TV streaming service option for all types of viewers. I’ve had a great experience using the service via various devices, but mainly my Amazon Fire TV device and PC (origin of these screenshots). There are many other streaming device options including Android, Amazon Fire TV Stick, iOS, Google’s Nexus Player, Roku TV, web (w/login portal) and the Xbox One game console with upcoming capability with Google’s Chromecast soon.
The set up is easy (create an account w/username and password) and the viewing quality is very strong. I only had a few quality of viewing issues (pixelation, etc.) near the beginning of my service. Users have various settings and can pause live TV or watch something that aired up to 72 hours ago.
The navigation follows a simple “up-and-down” setup using arrows very similar to what you might see in scrolling photo galleries on the web. Using my Amazon Fire TV remote, I can vertically navigate through several views including channel previews, overall channel schedules and individual channel schedules.
No ABC, CBS, NBC, and FOX here (I missed watching the Academy Awards live this year for the first time I can remember), but Sling TV’s basic “Best of Live TV” package keeps growing and offers “20 for $20” a month including ABC Family, AMC, Adult Swim, Cartoon Network, CNN, Disney Channel, DIY Network, ESPN, ESPN 2, Food Network, HGTV, TBS, TNT, The Travel Channel. Recently added channels like AMC (home of The Walking Dead, Mad Men and Better Call Saul), IFC, SundanceTV and WE tv plus A&E, HISTORY, H2 and Lifetime.
The basic package is great, but if you want even more, then Sling TV customers can also customize their streaming service to a single, add-on “Kids Extra” package ,“News & Info Extra” and “Lifestyle Extra”, which was just updated to include FYI and LMN, in addition to the previously available truTV, Cooking Channel, DIY and WE tv. The “Sports Extra” offers beIN Sports, ESPN Bases Loaded, ESPN Buzzer Beater, ESPN Goal Line, ESPNEWS, ESPNU, SEC Network, Universal Sports, and Univision Deportes. The new HBO add-on ($15 additional a month with “best of Live TV” core package) will also release in time for the Game of Thrones and Silicon Valley season premieres plus Sling TV will offer linear and video-on-demand (VOD) HBO content.
The Sling TV streaming service offers an affordable entertainment option for viewers with one important addition that most streaming services do not include in their base price – sports. My brother-in-law recently told me “no sports” was the only reason he hasn’t chosen a streaming service and “cut the cord” yet on his cable company. Sling TV’s sports offering were a big plus for me with their multiple ESPN stations along with other great international offerings where you can experience the wide world of sports any time. Sling TV’s recent offerings for NCAA “March Madness” men’s basketball tournament included three of the big four channels with TNT and TBS (who also regularly air NBA and Major League Baseball games) plus TruTV. They definitely have your needs in mind.
Sling TV also covers movies with the EPIX channels with over 2,000 Video-On-Demand titles. SlingTV is well on their way to replacing their streaming competitors as well with a comprehensive package balancing TV (HuluPlus’ main focus) and movies (Netflix’s main focus) that are increasing rapidly. Visit www.sling.com/programming for more information about Sling TV’s channel lineup.
This irony is SlingTV comes from satellite TV provider Dish Network, which has been internationally operating an over-the-top (OTT)/web TV service named DishWorld, which is now known as Sling International.
I’ll keep you up-to-date on my SlingTV experience.
~ Mike Siebenaler