Sling TV announcement has created a lot of buzz in the cord cutter community. Cord cutters news is excited to get our hands on it to test it and see if it will live up to what cord cutters need. For now here is a break down of what we know about Sling TV as of today.
What to watch on Sling TV
At launch, Sling TV is offering a core programming package with live and Video-On-Demand shows, sports, movies and online video, as well as two optional add-on packs.
Priced at $20 per month, “The Best of Live TV” core package includes 12 Nielsen-rated sports, lifestyle, family and news networks: ESPN, ESPN2, TNT, TBS, Food Network, HGTV, Travel Channel, Adult Swim, Cartoon Network, Disney Channel, ABC Family and CNN. This package additionally features an array of Video-On-Demand entertainment and the best of online video with unique content from Maker Studios, the global leader in online short-form video.
Consumers can tailor their experience with add-on packs for access to additional programming, at $5 per month. Sling TV will offer a “Kids Extra” add-on with Disney Junior, Disney XD, Boomerang, Baby TV and Duck TV, and a “News & Info Extra” add-on with HLN, Cooking Channel, DIY and Bloomberg TV. A “Sports Extra” package is coming soon.
Sling TV expects to expand its core package, Video-On-Demand content, online video and add-on packs throughout 2015.
Where to watch Sling TV
At launch, subscribers can watch live TV by downloading the app to supported versions of iOS and Android, or by visiting the upcoming Sling website from Macs and PCs. Alternatively, the Sling TV app is expected to be available on Amazon Fire TV, Amazon Fire TV Stick, Google’s Nexus Player, select LG Smart TVs, current generation Roku players, Roku TV models, select Samsung Smart TVs and Xbox One, with other streaming devices and smart TVs to follow in the coming months. Sling TV’s user interface provides a consistent experience across all platforms.
How Sling TV works
Sling TV is designed to deliver a high-quality television experience inside and outside the home, anywhere a wired, Wi-Fi or mobile broadband connection is available. The service is delivered over an IP-based content delivery system that leverages adaptive bitrate streaming technology. This allows for the highest quality streaming experience possible regardless of network quality fluctuations or location.
Customers will be able to pause, rewind and fast-forward most live channels and Video-On-Demand content. For certain channels, the service includes a 3-Day Replay feature that gives customers the ability to watch some shows that have aired in the past three days; no DVR is needed. Sling TV’s features are available across all supported platforms.
About Sling TV
Sling TV L.L.C., a subsidiary of DISH Network Corporation, provides over-the-top television services including domestic and international live and Video-On-Demand programming. Sling TV’s international OTT service (DishWorld) currently provides close to 200 channels in 16 languages across multiple devices – televisions, tablets, computers and smartphones – to U.S. households. Sling TV is a next generation service that meets the entertainment needs of today’s contemporary viewers. Visit www.sling.com.
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Sling TV and Slingbox: separate brands, separate products
Sling TV is an emerging over-the-top service that is independent from Sling Media’s line of Slingbox products and services. Sling Media is the leading provider of multi-screen TV solutions giving consumers the ability to access their live and recorded traditional pay-TV service anywhere in the world, on any connected device. For more information on Slingbox, visit www.slingbox.com.