NEWS ANALYSIS

Sling Needs To Cut The Cord From Dish

As Charlie Ergen drags his feet in finding a deal for Dish Network Corp., it’s becoming clear that Sling TV especially deserves a new home sooner rather than later. Sling is Dish’s live TV streaming service that starts at $20 a month and offers networks from HGTV and ESPN to CNN and Lifetime — a chubbier skinny bundle, if you will. Its name is also appropriate given that Sling is helping support Dish’s wounded satellite-TV business, as cord cutting accelerates across the industry.

Sling TV Adds Reelz, PPV

Reelz Launches On Sling TV

Cable network Reelz announced on Wednesday that it will launch on streaming television service Sling TV. The network will be available to subscribers of Sling’s Hollywood Extra package. Reelz joins Fandor Festival, HDNet Movies, Sundance and TCM in Hollywood Extra. “We’re excited to reach new audiences on Sling TV and the timing is perfect as […]

Sling TV To Hold Free HBO Preview

Sling TV Adds Cloud DVR To iOS, Windows 10

Sling TV Adds DVR Service To XBox One

Sling TV has added its $5-a-month ‘cloud DVR’ to the XBox One, the service’s Twitter customer team announced Tuesday night.The live streamer’s DVR, which was previously added to Roku streaming devices, Android TV and mobile devices, and Amazon tablet and Fire TV devices, can store up to 50 hours of recorded programming.

Sling TV Campaign Pushes ‘A La Carte TV’

Sling TV’s new TV marketing campaign “Get Picky” harkens back to the phrase “a la carte TV” all to spur more consumer business with the emphasis on choice.

Comparing Five Major Live TV Streamers

Everyone in the tech industry wants your eyeballs. More specifically, a growing number of tech companies want to attract the millions who have ditched cable for services that stream live TV channels over the internet. To help you see which, if any, make sense for you, Business Insider has broken down the big five live-TV streaming services you can choose from today: PlayStation Vue, Sling TV, DirecTV Now, YouTube TV and Hulu with Live TV.

Sling Adds Showtime, Family, Spanish Chs.

Sling TV launched multiple new channels today: Showtime — Now available as a premium, Showtime offers new and existing Sling TV customers eight channels for $10 per month, including nearly 2,000 on-demand titles. The launch of Showtime on Sling TV marks the first time an OTT service has offered content from the four leading premium networks. […]

Sling Partnering With Adobe On Programmatic

Sling TV is getting into programmatic advertising, partnering with Adobe’s newly unveiled Advertising Cloud to let brands bid in real time on livestreaming and video on demand.

Amazon Customers Can Get Sling Cloud DVR

It offers 50 hours of storage for $5 per month to select customers; allows them. to keep their recordings without expiration. The new service is supported on Amazon Fire TV and Fire tablets, Android mobile devices, Android TVs, Roku streaming players and Roku TVs compatible with Sling TV.

How YouTube TV Compares With Competitors

YouTube announced its long-rumored YouTube TV service last week, plunging the online video platform into the competitive world of live TV streaming. The biggest challengers — DirecTV Now, PlayStation Vue and Sling TV — offer many similar features to YouTube TV, and that will undoubtedly make it difficult for aspiring cord-cutters to know if they should wait for YouTube’s service or take the plunge now. Here’s a breakdown of these four streaming services.

Sling TV To Add NBC RSNs In April

Sling TV, the live streaming service owned by Dish, said today that it will add four NBC-CSN regional sports channels on April 2, in time for the 2017 Major League Baseball season. The channels are CSN California, CSN Bay Area, CSN Chicago and CSN Mid-Atlantic

Sling Offers More Channels For Less Money

Sling TV has introduced a new plan that will allow subscribers to expand their channel lineups for half the price. The ‘4 Extras Deal’ will give customers access to four different add-on plans: Kids Extra, Lifestyle Plus Extra, Comedy Plus Extra and News Extra for just $10 extra per month, compared to the previous price of $20 a month.

Sling TV Celebrates 2nd Birthday With Free HBO

Sling Expands DVR To Amazon, Android

Sling TV said it would expand availability of its cloud DVR trial to users of Amazon Fire TV and Android devices, with Apple TV users gaining access sometime afterward.

Dish Gets DBS, OTT Assets From EchoStar

In a tax-free exchange, Dish gets EchoStar’s technologies group, its OTT development group and its 10% stake in Sling TV.

Dish’s New STB Combines OTT And OTA

 A new Air TV set-top box from Dish’s Sling TV combines an ability to stream Sling and other OTT platforms like Netflix with live over-the-air channels. The company revealed the device, possibly by accident, on Tuesday.

Sling TV Debuts Cloud-Based DVR

The service launches in beta in December, initially only for those customers with Roku, and it’s meant to directly take on rivals like Playstation Vue. Sarah Perez writes that “the DVR will offer conflict-free recording, as well as the ability to pause, rewind and fast-forward through your recorded content.”

Comcast X1 Platform To Add Sling TV App

Comcast seems to be growing comfortable with other companies’ streaming video services: Its X1 platform is preparing to offer Sling TV — a skinny bundle service from one of Comcast’s most vigorous competitors: Dish Network.

Sling TV Adds NBA TV To Add-On Tier

Sling TV Launches On-Demand Kids Channel

Sling TV has debuted Sling Kids, catering to the parents of young children and featuring over 200 live and on-demand titles. Kabillion, Kaboom and Splash are among the content providers. It’s a pretty competitive move for Sling, which will now square up against Netflix’s own heavy kids push, not to mention Amazon and HBO.

Sling TV Adds 3 More Channels

Q&A WITH ROGER LYNCH

What’s Hard About Streaming TV Online?

Roger Lynch, the CEO of Sling TV, talks about how streaming TV is going mainstream and why he couldn’t do “a la carte” TV — paying only for the channels you actually watch.

Sling Adds Starz, Pac-12, Windows 10 App

NEWS ANALYSIS

Dish, ESPN And The Great Sports Unbundling

Live sports networks in the pay-TV world are like the anchor tenants in a shopping mall. But just as the mall has lost its luster in the Internet age, the pay-TV bundle is unraveling, and sports networks are looking for new ways to peddle their wares.

Sling TV’s ‘Sling Blue’ Adds NBC O&Os

Sling TV said it’s taking its multi-stream service out of beta, and will add NBCUniversal channels, including NBC owned and operated stations, to the base $25-a-month package.

Sling TV Adds Viacom Chs., Intros Apple TV App

Sling To Add MTV, More After Viacom Deal

Dish’s Sling TV is getting a slate of new channels as a byproduct of negotiations with Viacom to avoid a blackout on the satellite service. Now Comedy Central, BET, Spike, MTV, Nick Jr. and other unspecified channels will be available on Sling TV in the coming months.

Dish’s Sling TV Pits Fox Vs. Disney Chs.

The live-TV streaming service launches a plan that adds Fox channels and lets users view multiple channels on different TVs, but at the expense of Disney networks.

Sony’s PlayStation Vue Rolls Out Nationally

PlayStation Vue’s streaming service, which had been limited to major cities during its first year, will start at $30 a month in the new regions. That’s $10 cheaper than current packages, but it won’t include over-the-air channels, such as stations for ABC and Fox. Vue’s seven older markets — big cities including New York City and San Francisco — won’t have access to the new, cheaper deal.

Sling TV Has 600,000+ Subscribers

Dish Network’s Sling TV has kept its subscriber numbers under wraps since it launched a year ago, but sources put its current number north of 600,000. Sling’s CEO Roger Lynch says the “vast majority” of its customers aren’t currently pay TV subscribers.

REVIEW

Differences Between Online Cable Bundles

Traditional cable providers are launching TV packages that don’t require cable boxes — good for you because you save on monthly equipment fees and don’t need a technician to come install it for you. Here’s a breakdown of what’s good and what’s not:

REVIEW

New Ways To Get Cable Without An Ugly Box

Dish’s Sling TV and Sony’s PlayStation Vue paved the way with innovative online services nearly a year ago. Last fall, Comcast, Time Warner Cable and its buyer-in-waiting, Charter Communications, followed suit with their own online bundles. These now represent the latest gambit from the quasi-monopolistic cable industry, which continues to shed TV customers as more people watch online video from a variety of new outlets.

CES 2016

Sling TV Plans Predictive Interface

Sling CEO Roger Lynch said the service will roll out a new interface, called MyTV, that will predict what a user might want to watch based on viewing habits. He vowed, though, that Sling will serve up “more features, more channels, [on] more devices,” adding that “there’s much, much more we plan to do.”

Dish Accuses Charter Of Undermining Sling

Dish says in a new FCC filing that Charter is “threatened by Sling TV,” and has used anticompetitive methods to “undermine” the online video service.

QUARTERLY REPORT

Sling TV Buoys Dish Subscriber Losses

Sling Will Give You A Free Chromecast

Is Sling TV Catching On? Who Knows?

Anyone looking to gauge the impact of Dish Network’s millennial-targeting Sling TV service will have to make do with the odd educated guess, as the satellite operator refused to break out the numbers when it reported its quarterly results today.

Sling TV Shames NBC For Refusing To Air Ad

Dish’s Sling TV, a new over-the-top pay TV service, is trying to shame Comcast-owned NBC O&Os to air Sling TV ads in a number of markets. Launched in April, Sling TV challenges the traditional cable and satellite TV bundle by offering a slimmed-down package of fewer channels over the Internet at $20/month. NBC-owned stations in San Diego, San Francisco and Washington rejected the ads, Sling TV’s Roger Lynch wrote in a blog post.