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November 1, 2016 , , , ,

Sling TV

Sling TV

I hooked up my new ROKU stick today. It was an easy and quick transition from my ROKU box, which was working just fine. I was enticed to try Sling TV with the promise of the stick as a subscribing gift. It is cool, and a little easier to navigate than the old model. It has preprogramed buttons for Amazon, Sling, Google, and Netflix which the old system did not have. This convenience of going straight to those channels is a good shortcut.  Everything else is the same.  It is super easy to take with you on the road if you care to do that.  The only missing element on the new stick remote control is an earphone jack.  I used the earphones occasionally after my partner had fallen asleep, to keep the noise to myself.  He sleeps very soundly so I don’t think the loss of this feature will be a game changer for our household.

Sling TV is a major hit with us.  I can’t predict if I will keep it after my initial subscription for 3 months, but I feel like a savvy shopper who found a great bargain for now.  I got the ROKU stick and three months of Sling (plus 7 days free from the offer open to all takers) for $60.  I am a satisfied customer at that price.   I am easily fatigued by television, but sometimes have been known to binge on shows I really like.  Sling is offering us a new variety of content.  I don’t care about the sports programing much, but Bob will be able to see 3 different ESPN stations.   The subscription lasts until 25 of January next year, so we will have plenty of time to get tired of it as a constant feature.  There is no obligation to stay subscribed, which appeals to me.  I get a month of Hulu 4 times a year, and freeze it for the maximum amount of time in the interim.  I may alternate Hulu with Sling after I binge myself out on all the fun documentaries, comedies, and music content.  The new stick answers a need in me to have new gadgetry when it comes out.  I get a little thrill from that, and a pretty big one from all the new entertainment from which I can now choose. The upgrade packs a lot of punch for the bucks.

I hardly have time to read all the new books Amazon Prime is lending me every month.  I need to make sure that my subscriptions are not outstaying their welcome, becoming useless expenditures.  As a thrifty person I hate when that happens. I heartily recommend Sling TV for those in the market for new ways to buy entertainment at a good price.  At least we are paying far less than we did for cable.  The trend is away from cable for very good reason.  There are perfect custom solutions now for far less.  How do you buy tv, gentle reader, if you still watch it?

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Love this post. Sling sounds terrific. I love that it streamlines your TV viewing. I think your plan to alternate Sling and Hulu is a smart use of your shopping dollars and TV viewing.


Stevie Wilson (@LAStory)

November 4, 2016

We are still learning to use it, but it is a big selection of both live and in the archive.


Pamela Morse

November 5, 2016

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