Cord Cutters: A first look at Sling TV

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Credit: Janko Roettgers / Gigaom

Dish is starting to invite some first users to its new Sling TV online streaming service this week. Here’s how the service looks like on a Roku 3.

Show notes for this episode:

  • Sling TV’s base package is going to cost $20, for which you’ll get access to live feeds from ESPN, ESPN2, TNT, TBS, Food Network, HGTV, Travel Channel, Adult Swim, Cartoon Network, Disney Channel, ABC Family and CNN. Additional kids and news packages will cost $5 each.
  • Check out all you need to know about Sling TV.
  • Sling TV is currently in an invite-only phase. You can apply for an invite on Sling’s website.
  • Sling TV is expected to go live for everyone within the next two weeks.

Will you subscribe to Sling TV, or is something crucial missing from the service? Let us know in the comments below!

14 Comments

mark

For those who cannot seem to tell … pretty much all the channels are owned by one company. Unless you are watching live sports, pretty much everything else is gonna come out, eventually, on Neflix or Hulu or Amazon or E: all of the above.

Eugene

Absolutely. Can’t wait. Good starting lineup for a family. The only omission is PBS.

Ron

A la carte channels please. This is missing once again. I don’t want over half of those channels. Why should I have to pay for channels I don’t want? That’s why I cut the cord in the first place. This isn’t going to get me back. Sorry Sling.

Van Nazario

No AMC (Walking Dead), No SpikeTV, No USA, No Animal Planet, Comedy Central….Not interested. For $20 I can subscribe to DirecTV promotional base channel lineup and get a lot more channels and don’t have to worry about data caps and other restrictions like single-stream. For their current offering I would pay $5 per month but not $20.

When they have a full lineup in which I can cancel my NF or Hulu+ in favor for a streaming cable alternative I will then consider. Streaming solutions are getting better so one day I will change my mind when I see the savings.

Dennis D. McDonald

No Turner Classic Movies. If it had TCM I’d drop Comcast Cable in a flash since the image quality of my over the air antenna reception for local stations is so much better than Comcast Cable. I don’t care about the sports though — hopefully they will come up with a package that replaces ESPN with TCM!

ishekhar

looks exactly the same as DishWorld, another service offered by Dish Network for international (Indians mostly) content. There they provide options to add additional upto 3 streaming to an existing account at $5/stream though.

mike

It might be too restricted. It seems like their core market would be bachelors into sports. That demographic is going to skew young though and I think they will be surprised and frustrated by the 1980s ‘live only’ experience. Hell, even back then we had the VCR after a bit.
A lot of people might be into it for cooking channel and such. Though as an avid cook their shows are not what they used to be. A few good ones but more interesting stuff is available on youtube generally.
To me personally, as I understand it has the 3 day auto DVR and you can FF, HGTV is the best thing on offer. And it’s the best thing because of “House Hunters”, which is a great show and has a break-neck production schedule with a lot of new shows all the time.

fortified

I think this is great, but between Amazon, Hulu, Netflix, and Broadcast TV, I’m already fatigued from the number of TV shows in my queue.

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