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07 Feb

Sling TV Vs Netflix – Which One Is The Best Streaming Service

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Sling TV Vs Netflix

We all know that the era of using cable connection to watch our favorite shows and programming is the story of the past. Live video streaming is the recent trend and it has replaced the traditional cable connections. Today, users can have a plethora of live streaming services that can be used to watch video over the internet.

Sling TV from Dish Network and Netflix are the two most competitive live streaming service providers. Let us look into the main similarities and differences between both these live streaming services.

Similarities

Price

The monthly charges for both the services is between 7.99 dollars to 11.99 dollars and this price range is a very much reasonable to watch unlimited video over the internet.

HD Live Streaming

Sling TV and Netflix are not just limited to the mobile devices. Both the services can be accessed on any device that supports HD streaming, and both the services offer Full HD streaming options.

Support For Mobile

Both the services can be accessed on Android and iOS powered devices. Users just need to sign in to their account from their smartphones and access their favorite programming online.

Original TV Shows

Original shows that are shown on television are also made available on both the live streaming services. Users can watch original TV shows without any disruptions on both Netflix and Sling TV.

Content Download

Both the services do not allow the subscribers to download videos. In fact, you will not be able to download any content from Netflix or Sling TV, including On Demand content.

Differences

Original Movies

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Best Streaming Service

Many of use prefer to watch original movies in our leisure time. At this point, Netflix is the service that holds the upper hand with offering original movies.

Premium Movies

Many of the movies will be made available On Demand and this feature is available only in Netflix. Sling does not offer premium movies to their users, so the users will have to satisfy themselves with the programming on the TV channels included in the pack.

4K Streaming

Both the services support devices that has display resolution below 4K pixels, but users of Sling TV will not be able to stream content in 4K resolution devices. Netflix, on the other hand, supports 4K devices.

04 Feb

How To Watch Super Bowl 2017 On Your PC

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Super Bowl 2017

The Super Bowl is just a few days away and every one of us will be tuning in to watch this amazing showdown between the two popular teams. The New England Patriots will take on the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday, February 5 at 6:30 p.m. ET, 3:30 p.m. PT.

The opening game of the 2017 Super Bowl will held at Houston’s NRG Stadium. Country-music star Luke Bryan will make an appearance to sing the National Anthem and the Super Bowl LI halftime show will be headlined by Lady Gaga. The game will be broadcasted on Fox.

If you have a cable subscription, then you will be able to access and watch the game on Fox. However, if you don’t have a cable subscription, then you will be looking for other methods such as live streaming to watch the opening game of the Super Bowl on your PC or laptop. If so, here is how you can watch the live action of Super Bowl on your PC or laptop.

If you are a customer who doesn’t have a cable subscription, then you will be able to watch the live broadcast of Fox Sports 1, NFL Network, and ESPN2 through Dish Network’s online streaming service, Sling TV. This popular online streaming platform offers you access to a number of select channels at an affordable price. Below is how you can sign up to Sling TV for the free 7 day trial.

  • Go to the official website of Sling TV
  • Click on “Watch Now 7 Days Free” option.
  • Create a personal account

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    Dish Network’s Sling TV

  • Select the packages or channel package you need. Sling Orange package offered by the online streaming service offers ESPN2, while the Sling Blue package offers both Fox Sports 1 and NFL Network.
  • Enter the payment information. The cost to sign up for Sling Orange is just $20 a month, whereas the cost for signing up to Sling Blue is $25 a month. However, if you happen to cancel the subscription after the seven-day trial, then the service provider will not charge you anything.
  • Download the Sling app for your PC or laptop and start watching the game and other contents offered by the channels.

If you are a Sling TV subscriber already, then you will be also able to watch the contents offered by ESPN on your smartphone and other compatible devices.

05 Jan

Sling CEO Believes Online Streaming Services Are The Future Of TV

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The Future Of TV

Dish Network introduced their online streaming service, Sling TV, exactly two years ago. The launch of this streaming platform has brought numerous benefits to Dish Network and the service quickly become much popular among cord cutters and other traditional TV viewers.

Many analysts firmly believe that online streaming services like Sling TV and DirecTV Now represent the future of TV. In a recent conference, Sling CEO Roger Lynch said, “The future of TV, I believe, is going to be streamed.”

He discussed about the evolution of telephones and about the launch of applications such as Skype. “I think the same path will be followed by video and traditional TV, moving from analogue to digital and then software applications like Sling,” Lynch added.

This might be a long-term vision, but we do have to accept the fact that the Sling CEO has an interesting view on the role of “Pay Lite” in the current market. He also added that the analysts and viewers should compare Sling TV to music services such as Spotify, rather than comparing it with Dish Network’s or Comcast’s pay TV offerings.

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“When consumers engage with Spotify for the first time they download a mobile app and start a free trial,” Lynch said. “There are no contracts and there is no installation. That is how most people start a relationship with Sling TV.” Sling TV is currently one of the cheapest streaming services available to the users and the basic package of Sling TV is available to customers at just $20 a month, which offers more than 30 popular channels.

The President of EchoStar Corporation and CTO at Dish Network, Vivek Khemka said, “Sling TV is differentiated around the business model – no contract, no commitment, no installation; you sign-up and watch TV in a few minutes. We have aggressively delivered smaller packagers rather than a big bundle. You do not have all the programming that DISH offers and that is by design.”

He added, “Sling TV is still evolving and we do not intend to make it in any way inferior to the full Pay TV experience. We have a philosophy where we want to embrace change and if people want streaming TV, then so be it. There is no reason to fight that or prevent it from happening by making Sling an inferior service.”

12 Dec

Charter CEO Talks About A Potential Netflix Integration Deal

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CEO Tom Rutledge

One of the leading cable operators in the country, Charter Communications, feels that they don’t need to own a content company straightaway. The Liberty Broadband of John Malone owns a big stake in the major telecom company. However, during a recent conference, Tom Rutledge, the Chairman and CEO of Charter Communications, said that the company is planning to integrate Netflix into their set-top boxes in the near future.

When asked whether the company need to own a content company so that they won’t be at a disadvantage when compared to AT&T and Comcast, he said, “I don’t think so right now.” AT&T recently revealed their plans to acquire Time Warner for an estimated budget of $85.4 billion, while Comcast Corporation currently owns NBCUniversal. However, Rutledge added that, “We are a connection company at the moment, and I like that place.”

Rutledge also said that there was a “a great runway for years to come” and “a lot of opportunity” with the present business model of offering pay TV services and connectivity even without the need to own a content company. He said, “You have to stay true to the content business” while operating in both distribution and content.

Charter CEO also explained that the distribution footprint is constantly smaller when compared to the programming footprint. He continued, “[otherwise] you can destroy a lot of value.” Rutledge further added that the proposed merger between AT&T and Time Warner will not change that.

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Netflix Integration Deal

On the other hand, when asked about the potential talks to integrate Netflix into their set top boxes, he said, “I expect that to happen.” He added that the deal might happen in the near future, as they are in talks with the steaming service platform owners currently. Netflix, one of the popular streaming services in the country, already has an integration deal with Malone’s Latin American and European pay TV giant Liberty Global and with Comcast Corporations.

Charter had earlier acquired two major companies, Time Warner Cable and Bright House Networks, for $55 billion and $10.4 billion, respectively. The acquisition of these major companies allowed Charter Communications to become the second largest cable company in the United States. Comcast currently holds the first position.

In addition to that, the new initiative from Charter, named as Charter Spectrum, was launched by the company a few weeks ago has shown great promise and it’s becoming widely popular among customers.

09 Dec

How DirecTV Now Fares Against PlayStation Vue And Sling TV

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DirecTV Now Service

There are three main streaming options for the US customers to choose from today, which includes Sling TV, PlayStation Vue, and the most recent DirecTV Now streaming service from AT&T. These companies face tough competition in the market, as the users will not settle down for less. A brief comparison of these three internet TV services will help you know more on the same.

Sony PlayStation Vue

Reports say that PlayStation Vue is the most expensive among all the content streaming options, but it is the only service that offers CBS Network channels, and until recently, they were the only service that offered a cloud DVR that is capable of storing recorded content for 28 days.

The basic package of PlayStation Vue costs 29.99 dollars per month and offers more than forty-five channels, which includes Fox, Kiro7, ESPN, CNN, and TBS. There is also a 34.99 dollars a month pack from Vue, offering more than 60 channels, a 49.99 dollars per month pack that offers 90 channels, and a 64.99 dollars per month pack offering 90 channels plus Showtime and HBO (Showtime for 10.99 dollars and HBO for 15 dollars per month as add-ons).

Dish Network Sling TV

Sling TV is one of the first internet content provider services that initiated the cord-cutting trend. This service by Dish Network offers one of the cheapest streaming services when compared to PlayStation Vue and DirecTV Now.

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Streaming Options Available

The starter package, Sling Orange, costs just 20 dollars per month and offers more than 30 channels; the next pack, Sling Blue, is available for 25 dollars per month and offers more than 40 channels. There is also the Sling Orange + Blue package, which costs 40 dollars and includes all channels.

Sling TV service also has add-ons, starting at five dollars per month. Add-on packages include kids, Spanish, comedy, International, and sports packs. Moreover, Sling TV offers Starz and HBO for just fifteen dollars. It is also reported that the cloud DVR program of Sling is under test and will be released soon.

AT&T DirecTV Now

AT&T is the most recent player in the online content streaming business. DirecTV Now offer many advantages like unlimited streaming on mobile with AT&T internet, and numerous channels and On-Demand content.

DirecTV Now services start at thirty-five dollars per month for the 60 plus channels offering; fifty dollars per month for 80 plus channels; sixty dollars per month for more than 100 channels; and seventy dollars per month for 120 plus channels. HBO and Cinemax are the available add-ons for five dollars each per month.

25 Nov

Dish Network And AT&T Offer Deals On Their Streaming Services

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Deals On Streaming Services

Dish Network has offered some of the best cable deals to their subscribers over the last few years and they are still one of leading cable providers in the country. However, things have not been that easy for the company, as they had to face a huge loss of subscribers during the third quarter of 2016.

Nevertheless, Dish Network is planning for a strong comeback by offering a bunch of exciting deals on their online streaming platform, Sling TV. Dish recently announced several promotions and deals aimed at attracting more subscribers to Sling TV streaming service.

In their Sling Blog, the company stated that they are providing Sling TV gift cards to their subscribers in denominations of $25 to $100 through GameStop, Best Buy, and Wal-Mart. In addition to that, they also revealed their plans to enter into a partnership with streaming device makers during the upcoming holiday season.

Reports say that any subscriber, who buys a fourth-generation Apple TV, will get the device for just $89 instead of $149, if they commit to Sling TV for 3 months. Furthermore, a 50 percent offer will be available to customers when the buy a Roku Premiere and player, if they sign up to Sling TV for 3 months.

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Online Streaming Platform

However, Dish Network is not the only provider who is trying to draw in more customers to their online streaming service. AT&T has already announced their plans to launch their streaming service, DirecTV Now, and sources say that the service will be available to subscribers by the end of this week.

AT&T recently announced that subscribers, who commit to DirecTV Now for three months or more, would be rewarded with a free Apple TV, whereas those who sign up for the same service for a single month would receive a Fire TV streaming stick for free.

The report from AT&T also indicated that the company will offer a free 7-day trial to customers. However, subscribers who decide to not to pay for the service after the free trial will be automatically downgraded to DirecTV Freeview, a free service with limited content.

In addition to that, DirecTV Now streaming service would be available to subscribers at just $35 per month and it will offer more a hundred popular channels. Analysts say that this is the best deal offered by a streaming service until now.

11 Jul

Are Streaming Services Getting Better Than Cable Packages?

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Streaming Services

Channels that were once confined to the cable network are now available on internet with streaming services. Along with movies and TV, you can also watch live sports.

Dish Network’s Sling TV and Sony’s PlayStation VUE are the prime leaders in the arena, offering many popular channels like CNN, ESPN, and HGTV. And they even work on your smartphone or tablet.

Sling TV offers two packages for $20 per month. The first package has 20 channels including ESPN and ESPN2 and allows only one user; while the other package has 30 channels consisting of Fox Sports, national, and local channels. The latter pack allows three users simultaneously. Sling also provides add-on packages like HBO, Cinemax, and other sports and kids channels.

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TV Viewing Trends

On the other hand, Sony’s PlayStation VUE allows 5 users to stream simultaneously and offers 3 packages containing 50 channels, 70 channels, and 100 channels. In order to get the channels, you can use either an Amazon Fire TV device or a Sony console, and it is not necessary to have a PlayStation console. You can even access the services on any major streaming devices except Apple TV.

Things To Note

Make sure you have a broadband connection with good speed before cutting the cord. Streaming services use various remotes and devices to get your channel as compared to the cable TV that uses a single remote. You will be using your TVs remote to get local channels, as local stations will be connecting to an indoor HD TV antenna.

The rest of the contents like movies, streaming, and on-demand programming will be from a streaming media box like Roku or Amazon Fire TV. In that case, you will be using their remote.

On your streaming device, you will have to browse through Netflix, HBO, and Hulu Plus to get your shows. If you are having multiple users browsing simultaneously, then you will have to calculate your probable expense in order to upgrade your internet bandwidth speeds as well.

It is seen that, many viewers are dropping their cable TV packages these days, and are switching to streaming services that offers many internet-based options. If you are doubtful, then use the seven-day trial before making the final decision.

05 Jul

AT&T Finishes Acquisition Of QuickPlay Video Streaming

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AT&T Services

Recently, AT&T has finished buyout of QuickPlay Media, which is a leading digital streaming platform. This acquisition was disclosed by AT&T in May, but the financial terms of acquisition was not disclosed then. This deal is mainly aimed to increase the internet video streaming capabilities of the company, as streaming services is an area where the company is not much active.

AT&T was making use of the QuickPlay service to deliver video for U-Verse TV earlier. Now, the service will be used to deliver content to three new DirecTV streaming packs. These packs will be introduced by the end of the year. AT&T also announced that they plan to offer DirecTV satellite TV on the internet, without the need for a set top box or an annual subscription.

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Video Streaming

The benefit is that the users can stream DirecTV videos over an internet connection, regardless of the device used or the service provider. AT&T is planning to offer three video plans from full package to streamlined bundle subscriptions.

DirecTV Now is a package that offers live channels and on-demand shows. Other packages are DirecTV Mobile and DirecTV Preview. DirecTV Mobile is exclusively for the smart phone users and DirecTV Preview is a free advertisement supported service that is specially designed to attract teenagers. With this acquisition, AT&T plans to get the 350 employees and contractors of QuickPlay and improve their managed platform services.

After the acquisition, QuickPlay will serve other providers like Rogers Communications Inc, Verizon Communications Inc, BCE Inc, as well as HOOQ, which is a joint venture between Warner Brothers, Sony Pictures, and Singtel group. AT&T was missing the internet-based opportunities before the deal. It is expected, however, that the integration of QuickPlay will help to generate more revenue for AT&T.

04 Jul

Move On To Best Satellite TV Provider

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Satellite TV Provider

Before taking a connection for TV, you should go through all the available options. Cable TV has slight disadvantages when compared to satellite TV providers; to name one, cable provides lesser channels when compared to satellite TV providers. Cable TVs require multiple repeaters and network configuration in order to reach all customers. By doing so, it degrades the quality of picture and sound. Whereas in satellite TV, customers experience high quality entertainment because of direct line of sight communication between satellite and receivers.

When it comes to satellite TV, the main competitors these days are Dish Network and DirecTV. Both providers offer the best services and a great number of channels. So, it is better to compare both in order to find the one which suits you needs in the best way.

Comparing Dish Vs DirecTV

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Cable TVs Alternatives

Both Dish and DirecTV offer a 2-year price lock contract. The price of DirecTV however, is slightly higher when compared to Dish Network. Nevertheless, DirecTV gives you more sports channels and full time HD channels.

Dish Network’s DVR, known as Hopper, features automatic skipping of commercials after 24 hours. It also offers 4K video resolution and on demand contents. It even allows users to download content on mobile or computer. The DVR storage is around 2 TB, which allows 5oo hrs worth of HD recording and 2000 hrs worth of SD recording. Hopper could record up to 6 shows simultaneously.

DirecTV’s DVR, known as Genie, has features like home security, TiVo integration, PIP, and an exclusive access to NFL Sunday Ticket. Simultaneous recording of shows is limited to five here, but DirecTV allows up to eight TV’s per home. Genie is able to predict your viewing habits and can also record it for you, if you prefer.

Both Dish Network and DirecTV have pros and cons. Dish TV’s HD DVR is superior in terms of storage and connectivity to other devices, where DirecTV has the access to most sports channels and full time HD channels and is perfect for movie and sports fans. They have good customer care service throughout the country as well.

25 May

How To Fix A Satellite Dish When There Is No Signal

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TV Interruptions

There is nothing more annoying than having your TV signal disrupted while watching a favorite show or a live game. However, before you start cursing your service provider for that, here are a few things you can do to try fixing the issue.

The most common problem that prevents the signal to go from your dish to your receiver is the cabling. It could be as simple as a faulty or loose coaxial cable to the system, while many customers think that it is their receiver or satellite causing the problem. By keeping a few cables around or making sure that the connectors are firmly in their place, this problem can be easily fixed.

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Signal Issues

The satellite dish works when the dish receives a signal from a satellite located above the Southwest region of the United States. However, any block or obstruction may lead to disruption on your television viewing. Signals also can get interrupted when there is heavy snowfall or rain. That, you can’t fix, but you can make sure that no other lingering object is interfering with the signal.

There could be a number of reasons that could affect the alignment of the dish pointing to the satellite. This would rarely be an issue if the installation was done by a professional. But still shifting occurs over time, and you can’t afford having an expert visiting your place always. So make sure your dish alignment is perfect, and as per the instructions provided by the satellite TV service.

Many of the problems can be fixed just by unplugging the receiver for a while and then plugging it back. After being rebooted, a satellite TV receiver will often fix itself just like a PC. Contact the customer care service, if none of the above workarounds goes in your favor. Most of the service providers offer round-the-clock customer support, so you can get in touch with them anytime you need.

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