Each day, it becomes clearer that streaming services like Netflix Instant, Hulu Plus, and Amazon Prime Instant have worn down the resolve of major cable companies. Streaming movie and TV services offer plenty of entertainment without the burdensome price of a cable package.
And yet another clear sign of the dominance of cord-cutters (people who’ve ditched their cable packages in favor of streaming services) and cord-nevers (those who only watch movies and TV over the internet and, in fact, never had a cable package in their lives) has arrived in the form of a brand new service from a subsidiary of Dish Network…
Sling TV – Streaming The Cable Channels You Actually Want
Meet Sling TV, a service that brings live television to viewers over the internet without the pricey, cumbersome cable package for the cost of $20 a month.
Officially launched on February 9th, Sling TV is hoping to integrate the benefits of streaming services and cable packages into one affordable whole. But is it worth your while? Does Sling TV provide the services you need at a cost you can live with? Read on to find out.
What Cord-Cutters & Cord-Nevers Should Know About Sling TV
What Do You Get?
For $20 a month, a Sling TV subscriber gets 14 basic cable channels, which are ESPN, ESPN2, TNT, TBS, Food Network, HGTV, Travel Channel, Cartoon Network/Adult Swim, Disney Channel, ABC Family, CNN, El Rey Network, Maker, Galavision, and AMC (coming soon).
That’s the basic core package called “The Best of Live TV”, though there are add-on packages called “Sports Extra”, “Kids Extra”, and “News & Info Extra”, which will add a handful of channels from your genre of choice for an extra $5 a month.
You’ll be able to stream Sling TV through TV-capable devices like Rokus and Amazon Fire TVs, as well as computers and mobile devices. Sling TV will be eventually be accessible on Samsung & LG Smart TVs, Xbox Ones, Chromecasts, Google Nexus Players, and select Android TV devices. Unfortunately, Sling TV has no plans to offer its services on Playstation 3 & 4.
The best news to come out of this is the availability of ESPN & ESPN 2. Many customers reluctance to part with their bloated cable packages and bills has to do with live sports. But with SlingTV getting ESPN and a few popular channels at $20 makes that excuse a thing of the past. Plus you’ve got something for the kids with Disney
Well, live television streaming leads us to one unfortunate result: the return of lengthy commercial breaks. Other than that, you won’t be able to stream the major broadcast networks like NBC, CBS, ABC, etc. but you can work around that with a Hulu Plus subscription or an antenna (in some places).
You should also be aware that Sling TV allows only one stream at once, so no sharing your Sling subscription with friends. Those of you who are used to watching television with DVR will be disappointed to find out that the recording, rewinding, and pausing functions are fairly limited on some of the Sling TV’s best channels, such as TNT, TBS, Cartoon Network, Disney Channel, ABC family, and all of the ESPN channels.
So consider a Sling TV a big first step (albeit an imperfect one) towards a more harmonious future between streaming services and cable companies.
Get the Most Out of Your Sling TV With a VPN-Capable FlashRouter
Sling TV promises picture quality on a level comparable to Netflix Instant and Amazon Prime Instant, which means your wireless network better be in good shape if you’re going to want to enjoy your new toy.
As the brief video above indicates, the best way to make sure you can enjoy your Sling TV is with a VPN-capable FlashRouter.
At FlashRouters, we ensure that our customers get the best streaming experience possible by offering top-notch routers flashed with DD-WRT or Tomato firmware. With these replacement firmwares, our wireless devices perform with the kind of speed and power that cannot be found elsewhere. Access advanced security options, extend your wireless range, and control how your bandwidth is allocated (you’ll want to know this trick if you intend to stream live television).
Pair your new router with a VPN Service subscription, and you’ll add the benefit of securing your network. You’ll even be able to access Sling TV from anywhere in the world with the help of a VPN, all the while certain in the knowledge that your online data is not accessible to hackers and identity thieves. If you subscribe to any VPN on our official supported provider list, we’ll send your FlashRouter ready to work with your subscription right out of the box!
Deciding between our high-performance devices and the superlative VPNs we support is no easy task, which is why recommend taking a look at our recent best-seller list. There you’ll find every kind of router you could imagine, from thoroughly dependable economy models, such as the Cisco Linksys E2500 N600 TomatoUSB Router, to gargantuan beasts of wireless networking, like the ever-popular FlashRouter Asus RT-87U DD-WRT AC2400or the recently added Linksys EA6900 DD-WRT Router. We’d also recommend you take a look at the brand new Netgear R8000 DD-WRT Router, the ultimate Asus networking centerpiece with power and style for future-proofing your WiFi network to next-gen Wireless-AC standards.