Sling TV is the online video service from Dish network that is aimed at cord cutters. The service has now introduced a device certification program called as “Optimized for Sling TV,” under which, the “key criteria” are over-the-air content integration, presence of a Sling TV button, and auto launch capabilities.
According to Sling representatives, the program is launching with the support for 2 Android TV powered streaming platforms, namely, Mi Box from Xiaomi and AirTV Player from EchoStar. It is reported that both these products are green signaled to use the “Optimized for Sling TV” logo on their future packaging. These products will also be recognized as “Optimized for Sling TV” on the official website of Sling.
Here is a brief explanation of the key criteria to satisfy the “Optimized for Sling TV” program.
Auto Launch: The device should automatically launch into Sling TV service when it is turned on.
Pre-loaded App: The device manufacturer should preload Sling TV on the device and it should be in a “prominent location.”
Sling TV Button: The remote controller of the device should have a Sling TV button and the button should allow users to access their content in a single step.
Easy Access: Sling TV app should be offered as the default live TV app or it should be given a prominent placement.
Integrated Over-The-Air Content: The device should have over-the-air (OTA) tuners to help integration of over-the-air content directly to the guide of Sling TV.
TV Content Integration: Live programming from Sling TV should be included in the top content section of the device to offer once click access to users.
Included in Device Setup: Sling TV should be included in the out of the box set up for the device.
Fast Performance: The device should be fast to load Sling TV and its contents.
Latest Sling TV Version: The device should support the latest build of Sling TV, thereby offering users access to the latest features.
Sling TV officials said that their new certification program is capable of accommodating wide range of platform configurations and that they are expecting to add more and more partners to the program. Other devices that currently support Sling TV include Roku, Apple TV, Amazon Fire, Google Chromecast, and Xbox One consoles.
“We have set a high standard with our device partners to continually improve Sling TV’s performance,” Ben Weinberger, chief product officer of Sling TV, said in a statement. “The ‘Optimized for Sling TV’ program is designed to elevate that standard and highlight our dedication to our device partners, including Xiaomi and AirTV, to develop new paths for improving Sling TV.”