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10 Nov

Can Sling TV Survive The Upcoming Competition

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Lots Of Streaming Services

Dish Network’s online streaming platform, Sling TV, has done exceptionally well over the last few months. The online streaming service from the cable provider was able to draw in more customers to their offerings due to the amazing service and quality contents they offer at an affordable price. However, Sling TV will face severe competition in the near future, as Hulu, YouTube and DirecTV will all be launching their virtual pay-TV services in the upcoming months.

Analysts have assumed that Sling TV might not be able to cope with the upcoming challenges and they might loss plenty of their subscribers. Frost & Sullivan analyst, Dan Rayburn, said in a recent interview, “Is the market big enough for all these services? The answer is no. They are all targeting the same audience, offering the same channels, and there just isn’t enough room for more than four players.”

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Sling TV Faces Threat

An analyst at the Macquarie Capital USA Inc., Amy Yong, firmly believes that the technical issues Sling TV has experienced in the past will limit their competitiveness in the market. Sling TV had experienced technical issues during the broadcast of highly watched TV contents such as HBO’s fantasy drama TV series Game of Thrones.

“While the others were still taking their time to get it right, Dish rushed Sling to the market ahead of everyone. One thing about TV consumers, they aren’t very forgiving, particularly when they can get service,” Yong said. However, it has to be noted that Sling TV was able to secure approximately 1 million subscribers since its launch in February 2015.

The basic package offered by the online streaming platform during the launch was available at $20 a month and it offered some of the most popular channels including AMC, TNT, and ESPN. In the next few months, Sling was able to add FOX, NBC, ABC, and many other regional sports networks to their offerings. Roger Lynch, the CEO of Sling TV said, “At some point, there will be too many entrants and eventually a shakeout of the weaker ones. We feel confident we will come out OK.”

However, Tony Goncalves, senior VP of strategy and business development for AT&T Entertainment Group, said, “We believe there’s a market of approximately 20 million households who currently do not subscribe to pay-TV. It’s not only younger consumers. We’re looking to attract both cord-nevers and cord-cutters — those who want more choice and flexibility to access a premium content bundle more tailored to their lifestyle.”

08 Nov

How Subscribers Can Watch The Presidential Election Results From Anywhere

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Presidential Election Results

The 2016 US Presidential Election will be held on November 8, 2016, and it is going to be one of the significant events in the history of the country. The whole world will be watching the battle between the Republican candidate, Donald Trump, and the Democratic candidate, Hillary Clinton.

The subscribers, who have cut the cord recently, might be worried about catching up with the election results, as they no longer have access to their TV/cable services. However, there are plenty of other excellent options for the subscribers to get the election results straight to their phone, computer, or streaming device.

Customers can still get news updates from their local station even when they have cut the cord or don’t own a TV. Most of the broadcasters, who have been giving the Presidential Election TV airtime, will certainly offer the overviews of the coverage along with an online live stream. You could easily access the stations through a TV antenna and you will not have to log in.

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Live Streaming Election Results

Major networks such as Fox, NBC, CBS, ABC, and CNN have dedicated their landing pages for the Presidential Election. In addition to that, they are also offering free live stream news coverage to the customers. You could easily access video clips, articles, analysis, and a lot more through these networks.

Subscribers can watch the live stream either on their smartphone or on their laptops. Subscribers can catch the news coverage and results updates through their local channels too. In addition to this, subscribers can access election results and related analysis through Dish Network’s streaming platform, Sling TV.

Sling TV is offering a 7-day free trial for watching the latest programs, which doesn’t include any contracts, and it can be canceled anytime. This offer is also available to non-Sling TV subscribers. Customers, who wish to watch the Presidential Election results can use the free trial option and access the results through Sling Orange, the basic package from the online streaming provider. More than 25 channels are offered in this package and it includes popular news stations such as CNN too.

Many cord-cutters have been heavily relying Sling TV for the last few months due to their exceptional offerings and reliable service. Sling TV app is available for Xbox One, Amazon Fire TV, Apple TV, Roku, as well as for iOS and Android devices.

29 Oct

Analyst Say Dish Network Stocks Can Go Up With Sling TV

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Sling TV Offerings

Dish Network Corporation offers one of the many satellite television options for the various television users across the US. Dish also owns one of early leaders in over-the-top television services and cord cutting, Sling TV.

Sling TV service was launched in 2015 and has an estimated 760,000 subscribers at the present. The main revenue of Dish Network faces much pressure in the fast changing telecommunication industry, but they are well positioned with the Sling TV service.

Once known as a sports service, Sling TV has done a nice job by diversifying their offerings and contents. The service now offers channels from production companies like Walt Disney Co, Viacom Inc, AMC Networks INC, NBC, and 21st Century. Sling TV offers great cord-cutting options to their customers, as they cater channels that appeal to women, men, and kids alike.

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Sling has also added more sports programming to their lineup. It was the first OTT network to add NHL Network recently, and they have also signed deals with Fox and Pac 12 Network to include their regional sports networks in their lineup. Sling also offers two initial packages and many add-on packages.

Sling Orange is available for twenty dollars a month and offers channels like ESPN, AMC, ESPN2, TNT, TBC, and Disney Channel, whereas Sling Blue is available for twenty five dollars a month and includes channels like NBC Sports, Fox Sports 1, Fox Sports 2, AMC, NBC Sports, Nick Jr, NFL Network, NBC, and FOX On Demand programming. Sling Blue also features regional sports networks from Fox Sports.

Users can buy both Sling Blue and Sling Orange bundled for forty dollars a month and avail a big library of channels. Add-on offerings from Sling TV include packages like Kids Extra, New Plus, Sports Extra, Lifestyle Plus, Caribe, Spanish, Espana, Sudamerica, World Music, Chinese, and World Cricket. Users also have the option to add premium channels like STARZ, HBO, and Cinemax as extras.

Sling TV has been advertising and hosting special events to get its name and content to the viewers. Ads were also posted in Facebook to let people know that Sling TV carries the AMC channel. This advertisement also reminded the potential buyers about the free seven-day trial offering.

22 Oct

Sling TV Subscribers Can Now Access Hallmark Movies & Mysteries

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Lifestyle Plus Extra

Sling TV has been trying to strengthen their competition with other online streaming platforms by adding several new offerings to their channel lineup. It is evident that Dish Network’s Sling TV has enjoyed great success in the recent years by attracting more customers to their offerings.

In a recent announcement, Sling TV confirmed that they have acquired the rights for two distant networks, Hallmark Movies & Mysteries and Hallmark Channel from Crown Media Family Networks. These new channels will be available to the Sling subscribers in their “Lifestyle Plus Extra” add on service, which will be available on both Sling Blue and Sling Orange packages.

“Families are embracing our service and the wide array of family-friendly programs on Hallmark Channel and Hallmark Movies & Mysteries makes Sling TV the perfect option for families looking to customize their entertainment,” CEO Roger Lynch said. “Just in time for the holidays, subscribers can enjoy both networks’ seasonal programming events, which include original movies and special programs like the ‘National Christmas Tree Lighting’ on December 5.”

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Hallmark Movies & Mysteries

Commenting on that, Bill Abbott, President and CEO for Crown Media Family Networks, said, “We are delighted to partner with Sling TV and to further extend the reach of our unique brand of family entertainment. The timing of these launches couldn’t be better as we embark on our holiday season and the October 29th kick-off of our highly-anticipated and top-rated 24/7 seasonal programming events – ‘Countdown to Christmas’ on Hallmark Channel and ‘The Most Wonderful Movies of Christmas’ on Hallmark Movies & Mysteries.”

Hallmark Channel offers a wide variety of family-friendly content and entertaining programs including primetime scripted series, annual specials, light-hearted romantic movies, “Home & Family” talk show, Emmy-nominated lifestyle programs, and approximately 20 hours of On Demand programming. In addition to that, Sling TV subscribers can also enjoy some of the popular TV series offered by the Hallmark Channel, which includes Frasier, Golden Girls, I Love Lucy, and The Middle.

The other channel, Hallmark Movies & Mysteries, which is also available in Sling TV’s Lifestyle Plus Extra add on package, offers an abundant collection of mystery movies, series, and original dramatic shows to their viewers. Sling TV subscribers can purchase the Lifestyle Plus Extra add on package for 5 dollars for a month.

21 Oct

MLB On Sling TV: Cleveland Indians Head Toronto Blue Jays

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MLB Playoffs

After the two electrifying performances of the Cleveland Indians, the Toronto Blue Jays are chin deep in trouble, as they trail the Indians 2-0. When eighteen innings of baseball was over, the Toronto Blue Jays lineup managed to make just ten hits and one run, which is very much disturbing and maddening for the Blue Jays pitchers, as they were nearly as good. The Indians were led by the star shortstop Francisco Lindor, who bagged three of the runs for Indians, and reliever Andrew Miller, who was able to strike out ten of the twelve batters he faced over the 3 2/3 innings.

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Wild Card Game

The game 3 starter for Indians is Trevor Bauer, who was able to pitch well enough against Red Sox in the Divisional round. He lasted 4 2/3 and gave up three runs on six hits. This included long balls to Sandy Leon and Andrew Benintendi, before turning a 4-3 lead over to Andrew Miller. Bauer set career high strike out against Toronto Blue Jays on August 19 and he fanned thirteen over eight innings in the game giving up two runs. However, he was unlucky to settle for a no-decision, in a 3-2 victory win by the Indians, with a walk-off inside-the-park home run by Tyler Naquin.

Bauer was also able to pitch well against Toronto coming on to pitch five innings that were scoreless. In ALCS of previous year, the Blue Jays headed home down 2-0 to the Royals and passed the ball to Marcus Stroman. This was the worst post-season performance of the career of Stroman as he gave up four runs on eleven hits and another walk over 6 1/3 innings. This game remains the only playoff game in which he got the win with a 10-4 lead. The Toronto bullpen was able to make an 11-8 victory.

The Jays headed home down 2-0 to the Indians now and handed the ball to Marcus Stroman and he was far better in this year’s Wild Card Game, as he was able to hold the Orioles to two runs on four hits over six innings, with six strikeouts. He was lights out against Cleveland this year, and gave up just two runs in fourteen innings.

MLB playoffs are available to all the subscribers of Sling TV from Dish Network. Subscribe to Sling TV make sure that you do not miss any of the matches.

17 Oct

Arabic Video On Demand Service, SHAHID Comes To Dish And Sling

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Video On Demand

Dish Network and Sling TV subscribers in the United States will now be able to access SHAHID, a Video On Demand (VOD) service, which offers an abundant collection of popular and entertaining Arabic contents. The owner of this VOD service is Pan-Arab broadcaster, MBC Group.

MBC group has an enormous customer base and they almost reached to 28 million viewers during Ramadan 2016. Reports indicate that the addition of this service in Dish Network and Sling TV will attract more Middle East subscribers towards their offerings.

Izabela Slowikowska, Vice President of International Programming at Sling TV and DISH said, “Access to quality on demand content has become an elemental part of the viewing experience, and by offering SHAHID we are unlocking a wealth of Arabic content that is now available in the US. Together with our existing line-up of live and VOD content, this platform gives our viewers an unparalleled experience in finding and enjoying Arabic entertainment.”

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SHAHID Comes To Dish

Fadel Zahreddine, MBC’s Group Director of Brand Management & Digital said, “SHAHID is known around the world as the top destination for VOD Arabic entertainment, and now we are available for a key market audience, the US viewer. With SHAHID joining forces with DISH and Sling TV, I foresee an unprecedented market penetration among the Arab community in the US.”

SHAHID offers a wide collection of popular Arabic series on different genres, as well as classic and blockbuster Arabic movies to their viewers, and is the leading VOD Service in North Africa (MENA) and Middle East. This Video On Demand service is easy to use and the users can use it across different operating systems and devices.

Dish Network subscribers who have opted for Arabic Elite Super pack and Sling TV subscribers who are currently using Arabic Mosaic package can access this Video On Demand service by using their log in credentials. Sling and Dish Network subscribers will also be able to access SHAHID from whenever and wherever they want through laptops, tablets, Android devices, iOS devices, and many more.

Dish Network is also offering an opportunity to the US subscribers, who have not yet subscribed to both Sling and Dish Network, by offering a standalone access to SHAHID’s offering through Sling TV at an affordable price of $10 per month.

05 Oct

Dish Drops Some Of Their Ad Claims

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Dish Advertisements

It is reported that Dish is discontinuing two of the three TV ad claims that were challenged by DirecTV recently. Dish Network said that they were actually planning to drop the advertisements anyway.

National Advertising Division (NAD), the self-regulatory body of Better Business Bureau has confirmed the news. “The advertiser represented to NAD in writing that it has permanently discontinued two of the three claims at issue in this challenge: the claim that DirecTV customers pay an average of over $100 per month (referred to by the parties as the “ARPU claim”) and the claim that DirecTV assesses a “Year One Price Increase” on its customers,” said NAD.

However, NAD is not looking into these claims due to the action of Dish Network. The department said that Dish explained their plans to discontinue their advertisements anyway, which is the reason they agreed to comply, and said that Dish Network disagrees with NAD treating them as though they had recommended the ads to be withdrawn. Moreover, Dish had said that they are happy that the “free channels” claim passed.

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Dish Network Ads

DirecTV had challenged the claims made by Dish Network in six television advertisements. They also took the issue with the claim of Dish of a “local channels fee”. This particular advertisement shows a pay TV installer who tells a customer that they won’t be able to watch local broadcast channels without spending more money. The Dish ad suggested that the viewers need to a pay separate fee for the local channels, but that is not the reality.

NAD concluded that the ad claims of Dish Network were directed towards the pay TV industry in general, making reference to the “introductory TV deal” a competitor. NAD said that the reasonable conclusion from the advertisements of Dish was that some of the pay TV providers might charge additional fee other than their usual service charge prices.

Dish Network added that among the eleven of the largest pay TV providers, only two satellite TV firms are not charging any fees for local channels. They also said that 58 million of the 113 million pay TV homes pay such additional fee to get local channels.

29 Sep

Popular Channels Offered On America’s Top 120+ Package

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America’s Top 120+ Package

Dish Network offers the best and most popular channels that broadcast quality programs to the subscribers. As there are many packages offered by the satellite TV provider, it would be better to take a look at what each of the Dish Network packages has to offer. Let us take a brief peek on the popular channels offered by Dish Network in their America’s Top 120+ package.

FOX Sports 1

FOX Sports 1 is undoubtedly one of the best sports channels offered by Dish Network. This exceptional sports channel brings the exclusive coverage of entertaining and thrilling sports events such as MLB, NHRA, UFC, college football, world-class soccer, college basketball, and a lot more.

In addition to this FOX Sports 1 also broadcasts excellent studio shows, which include Speak For Yourself, The Herd, Garbage Time with Katie Nolan, and FOX Sports Live. FOX Sports 1 is available on channel no. 125 on your Dish Network channel guide.

National Geographic Channel

National Geographic Channel is a unique channel that offers excellent reality, science, documentary, and outdoor programs. This channel is exclusively dedicated to adventure lovers. The amazing programs broadcasted in this channel tell the tragedies and triumphs of many human endeavors.

Real and authentic programs are depicted in an exciting and thrilling manner and it will easily make the viewer engaged. Some of the famous programs aired on this channel are Alaska State Troopers, Life Below Zero, Underworld, Yukon Gold, and Brain Games. Dish subscribers can access National Geographic Channel on channel number 186.

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FXX

FXX is an exciting entertainment channel that offers plenty of different TV shows in different genres, popular and latest blockbuster movies, and a lot more to the subscribers. Both original and acquired TV shows are available on this channel.

In addition to that, the entire 27-season episodes of popular TV show “The Simpsons” is also aired on FXX. Other popular programs featured on this channel are Raising Hope, Parks and Recreation, In Living Color, and Mad About You. FXX channel is available to Dish customers on channel number 125.

Big Ten Network

Exciting and thrilling sports events, which include basketball, football, championship events, and a lot more from all the 14 Big Ten Conference Universities, are available on this sports channel. In addition to that, expert and detailed studio analysis on games, and many other original programs are also aired on Big Ten Network.

The popular programs featured on this channel are BTN Football in 60, BTN Live, and B1G Finale. This channel is available on either channel number 405 or on channel number 410 on your Dish Network channel guide.

25 Sep

Sling TV Offers 18-Hour Free Preview For Their Subscribers

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Presidential Candidates Faceoff

Television viewers are in for a treat on Monday. Two major events will appear on your television screens from tomorrow, September 26, 2016. The first major event will be the faceoff between the two presidential candidates Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton and they will engage in their first debate.

The second event is one of the most awaited NFL sports events of the year and it will feature Atlanta Falcons and the New Orleans Saints. Sling TV is looking to make the most with these major television events by giving their subscribers an 18-hour free preview on the same date.

In a statement, Roger Lynch, Sling TV CEO said, “Sling TV is synonymous with live television, and whether America craves pigskins or politics, these two events on Monday night represent the pinnacle of must-see-live TV. This preview is 100 percent free and gives all Americans the opportunity to watch the first Presidential debate and more, I can’t think of a better night to welcome new Sling TV viewers to experience our service.”

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Atlanta Falcons Vs. New Orleans Saints

This offer is available to both new and existing Sling TV subscribers. Sling TV has set up a special landing page for the streaming service. The subscribers, who wish to enjoy the 18-hour free preview from Sling TV, can sign up for the free service through this page.

In addition to these programs, Sling TV subscribers can also enjoy programs from other channels, which are included in Sling TV’s Sling Orange package during this free trial. Sling subscribers will have to sign up, in order to enjoy the 18-hour free preview. However, Sling TV has assured that the subscribers will not be charged for this free service.

Sling Orange was the only package offered by Dish Network’s Sling TV, when it was launched in the year 2014. Sling TV offered this package to the subscribers at an affordable rate of $20 per month and this package offered over 25 popular channels including Bloomberg Television, Comedy Central, AMC, CNN, and ESPN.

Sling Blue is another package offered by Sling TV and this package is available to the subscribers at $40 per month. The Sling Blue package allows subscribers to watch their favorite programs on multiple devices and it involves multi-stream support options. The 18-hour free preview will start at 08:00 a.m. ET on Monday and end by 02:00 a.m. ET the next day.

19 Sep

Sling TV Subscribers Can Now Access Pac-12 Networks

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SlingTV Latest Channel Additions

In a recent announcement, Pac-12 Networks confirmed that they signed a new agreement with Sling TV, which would allow Sling TV subscribers to access all the six Pac-12 regional networks. Sling Blue and Sling Orange subscribers can access these channels by subscribing to the “Sports Extra” pack.

Sling TV, being the first over-the-top provider of Pac-12 Network, offers plenty of sporting events and a lot of other entertaining programs. Furthermore, Pac-12 Network is available to all Sling TV subscribers in all regions of the country. Sling TV is looking to attract more customers to their platform through this exceptional offer.

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Lydia Murphy-Stephans, Pac-12 Networks’ president said, “This is a great way for Pac-12 Networks to kick off the 2016 football season. Our six regional networks, featuring 800 live sporting events and all-access original programming, will now be available over-the-top on Sling TV for Pac-12 fans across the country. Sling’s innovative delivery model and great interface makes it incredibly easy for our fans to stay connected with their favorite Pac-12 school, team and sports.”

CEO of Sling TV, Roger Lynch said, “Students, alumni and Pac-12 fans can now enjoy conference games without regional restrictions. With Sling TV, Pac-12 Networks games have never been more affordable and accessible. As a Pac-12 fan, I can’t wait to watch the ‘Conference of Champions,’ on Sling TV – the premier destination for college sports fans.”

This offer is available to the Sling Orange subscribers at an affordable price of $5 per month, if they wish to want to access all regional networks. However, Sling Blue customers will have to pay an additional charge of $10 per month to receive this offer. Sling TV has also allowed their existing subscribers to access these channels at zero extra charges.

Pac-12 Network is one of most popular sports networks in the country and it offers the exclusive coverage of more than 800 sports events, which includes football, basketball, Olympic sports, and a lot more exciting and entertaining sports events. Reports indicate that the subscribership of Sling TV might increase drastically due to the inclusion of Pac-12 Network.

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