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Gretamom

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Sling TV
« on: October 11, 2017, 01:06:09 PM »
Does anyone here have Sling TV? What do you think of it? Cable is getting way too expensive. I've heard good things about Sling TV and heard that they just recently added a Cloud service to DVR up to 50 hours of TV for an extra $5 a month. I was also looking into the Playstation Vue. Thoughts?

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Re: Sling TV
« Reply #1 on: October 11, 2017, 07:54:31 PM »
It does the trick and is priced well. No contract, so I activate while NBA is on and cancel when the season ends. Often, you can get a deal as a new customer for a free Roku by pre-paying a couple months. I haven't needed the device, but did it anyway and sold the device on Craigslist.

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Re: Sling TV
« Reply #2 on: October 11, 2017, 08:40:48 PM »
I have had Sling TV for a little over a month. I like the price for the number of channels.  The main drawback is that I seem to get kicked out of the app at random times. I will be curious to hear if someone has a fix for this. I am using the Roku to stream the service.

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Re: Sling TV
« Reply #3 on: October 12, 2017, 04:28:57 PM »
Just started. We like it so far. We will probably hop in and out when we are going to be watching less TV during the summer or are traveling and such. Cut our combined internet/cable by more than 50% by moving companies, dropping cable, and adding Sling instead.

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Re: Sling TV
« Reply #4 on: October 13, 2017, 09:41:13 AM »
We cut-the-cord to cable several years ago..... and added Sling TV early this year.   We're paying $20 for Orange (I think) package that includes things like ESPN, TNT, TBS, AMC, and many more.  We also added the Lifestyle channels (eg. HallMark) for an additional $5.   We prepaid for 3 months and received a free Roku device which we're using daily.  We watch network channels with an antenna.    We like the service, but it appears like they're still having some startup issues:

* Shows buffering, or hanging.  We sometimes have to exit Sling app on Roku and re-initialize it.   This is happening less and less, so I think they're getting a handle on their growth.
* The commercial breaks are 'interesting' . For example, the ESPN channel will often display a 'please standby' screen instead of commercials.   Also,  sometimes a commercial will play for a few seconds, be cut off for another commercial.
* One quirk of the Roku is that it doesn't have a power On/Off button.  It's always there in standby mode.  There were a few times where I wanted to power it off / on to reset a poor playback, so I had to pull the power cable for a few seconds.  One thing I have done is plug it into a unique power strip which powers the Roku off whenever I turn the TV off.   This is an easy way to reset the Roku several times a day, and keep SlingTV running smoother  !

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Re: Sling TV
« Reply #5 on: October 13, 2017, 09:56:11 AM »
It's okay, but it's no panacea. True al a carte TV would mean you pick your own channels. I'm only interested in major sporting events and  I only want about 5 or 6 channels. But they still bundle them together in packages instead. Also, in my region, they don't provide live network channels.

In an ideal world, they'd provide access to live networks and let you pick exactly only the channels you like. I don't normally have the streaming problems others have mentioned. But I do have 60mb internet.
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Re: Sling TV
« Reply #6 on: October 13, 2017, 11:20:03 AM »
We had it for 3 months last fall and then I cancelled it as we kept getting hung up streaming football games on ESPN.  We never had any problem with Amazon Prime, Hulu, Netflix, etc.  just Sling so we got tired of it.

Turns out, we didn't really need it anyways.  Those other 3, do just fine for us but they don't have the sports.

Good luck!

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Re: Sling TV
« Reply #7 on: October 14, 2017, 11:59:59 AM »
We cut-the-cord to cable several years ago..... and added Sling TV early this year.   We're paying $20 for Orange (I think) package that includes things like ESPN, TNT, TBS, AMC, and many more.  We also added the Lifestyle channels (eg. HallMark) for an additional $5.   We prepaid for 3 months and received a free Roku device which we're using daily.  We watch network channels with an antenna.    We like the service, but it appears like they're still having some startup issues:

* Shows buffering, or hanging.  We sometimes have to exit Sling app on Roku and re-initialize it.   This is happening less and less, so I think they're getting a handle on their growth.
* The commercial breaks are 'interesting' . For example, the ESPN channel will often display a 'please standby' screen instead of commercials.   Also,  sometimes a commercial will play for a few seconds, be cut off for another commercial.
* One quirk of the Roku is that it doesn't have a power On/Off button.  It's always there in standby mode.  There were a few times where I wanted to power it off / on to reset a poor playback, so I had to pull the power cable for a few seconds.  One thing I have done is plug it into a unique power strip which powers the Roku off whenever I turn the TV off.   This is an easy way to reset the Roku several times a day, and keep SlingTV running smoother  !

The Roku in standby mode uses very little electricity. it's not comparable to a cable box.


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Those other 3, do just fine for us but they don't have the sports.

I find there to be a surplus of sports on free network TV with the antenna. Especially during football season. Though if you want to religiously follow a specific team (or sport), one of the streaming packages is the most cost efficient way to do it.