Cutting The Cord-- Considering Switching to Sling TV

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Submitted by ltsddd on July 29, 2015 - 9:30pm

Has anyone tried or used Sling TV (please do not confuse Sling TV with Slingbox)?

Submitted by bababooey on July 30, 2015 - 7:31am.

I had it for a week. I was able to sign up and install the app on my Roku stick.

What I liked:
It did work for the most part. I only have OTA stations and it was nice to supplement some stations with this service.
The video quality for a streaming service was adequate in my mind as well.

Didn't Like:
Although they say Roku is supported and you can install the app on probably just about any Roku, they finally came out and said they don't support MY Roku after complaining about on demand not working.
Limited to only watching it on one TV (1 TV per account), I have several!
Overall the content offering vs. the price was not compelling enough for me to continue with the service.

I've got HBO GO/NOW on PS4 which I've been watching way to much of. Also, Sony has the VUE service which when it comes to San Diego, will offer many more services then sling, albeit at a higher price point.

Submitted by FlyerInHi on July 30, 2015 - 11:46am.

bababooey wrote:
Also, Sony has the VUE service which when it comes to San Diego, will offer many more services then sling, albeit at a higher price point.

How do they limit availability by market? By IP address, or billing address?

Edit:
I guess by IP address:

PlayStation Vue will detect your home network and location. If you are in an eligible location, your “Home” address will be set as the home network and the ZIP code you are located in at that time. During this process, you may be asked to verify or edit your ZIP code.
https://support.us.playstation.com/app/a...

Submitted by ltsddd on July 30, 2015 - 8:11pm.

bababooey wrote:
Limited to only watching it on one TV (1 TV per account)

This is the main reason why I haven't jumped in, yet. You could actually register more than 1 device.
However, only 1 device can be used at a time.

I think I might try it out for a few months and see how I like it. At least I like the pricing part already $20 vs ~ $100 per month.

Submitted by all on February 3, 2016 - 5:04pm.

ltsdd, did you ever try Sling TV? I am looking for a way to stream BeIN Sports with no cable subscription.

Submitted by deadzone on February 4, 2016 - 12:21pm.

I'm planning to try the 7-day eval of the service on my Roku 2. Getting tired of the high cost and charades with Time Warner. Only reason I would get it is for Sports (ESPN, etc) although the sports channel I watch the most is Golf Channel and for that I am stuck with Cable. But I can't continue to justify paying $50-80 more per month just for a few select channels. I could care less about 90% of the cable channels and outside of Bill Maher I don't watch HBO any more, it is pretty irrelevant to me with Netflix so cheap.

Submitted by ltsddd on February 4, 2016 - 4:44pm.

all wrote:
ltsdd, did you ever try Sling TV? I am looking for a way to stream BeIN Sports with no cable subscription.

all,
I have been using it for a few months now with the cheapest plan of $20/month. That plan has most of the channels that I normally watch so it's been working out fine. FYI, my internet download speed is about 65 mbs so it works flawlessly most of the time. But if you have other high-bandwidth apps running (i.e. multiple concurrent youtube streaming) then it will lag quite badly. All in all, I am quite happy with it. If nothing else I do save about $100/mo switching from cable tv.

btw. - the trial period is 7 days if you do it via theie website, but if you do it via the Roku then it's 14 days.

Submitted by FlyerInHi on February 4, 2016 - 5:05pm.

itssd,
do you think the Roku is the best streaming device out there? Simple and easy to use?
I'm trying get my parents to cut to cord. It's hard to get old people to change.

Submitted by deadzone on February 4, 2016 - 6:14pm.

I've had my Roku2 for just about 2 weeks now, it is pretty nice. Definitely a Roku or similar device with Wifi capability is a no-brainer as long as you have high speed Internet (at least 10Mb/s), you can put it anywhere, not dictated by cable outlets.

Only complaint I have so far is the remote control. Need to find a universal remote that can do TV and Roku. Haven't researched it yet but assume they exist.

Another feature I noticed with Roku is you can watch Time Warner cable on a live stream. So in the meantime before I officially cut the chord, I can at least replace one of my HD boxes with the Roku and save $11 per month off the cable bill.

Submitted by ltsddd on February 4, 2016 - 6:35pm.

FlyerInHi wrote:
itssd,
do you think the Roku is the best streaming device out there? Simple and easy to use?
I'm trying get my parents to cut to cord. It's hard to get old people to change.

I have only used the Roku(2?), so I don't know how it's compared to other devices. Changing channels on the Roku does take a bit of getting used to. You don't get that instance gratification of flipping the channels. Instead you'll be pressing the buttons a few times just to get the navigation bar, browse the channels, and then select the channel. It'd be nice if you could "flip" the channels by using the up/down buttons on the remote.

Submitted by FlyerInHi on February 6, 2016 - 12:42pm.

deadzone wrote:
I'm planning to try the 7-day eval of the service on my Roku 2. Getting tired of the high cost and charades with Time Warner. Only reason I would get it is for Sports (ESPN, etc) although the sports channel I watch the most is Golf Channel and for that I am stuck with Cable. But I can't continue to justify paying $50-80 more per month just for a few select channels. I could care less about 90% of the cable channels and outside of Bill Maher I don't watch HBO any more, it is pretty irrelevant to me with Netflix so cheap.

Is there anyway to get Bill Maher without HBO? I love the guy. I watch him on YouTube but I'd be willing to pay him $20 per month directly for entertainment.

I paraphrase Bill Maher here (I think he got inspiration from Thomas Jefferson)
Kindness is a bad response to assholes. Only ridicule and contempt are appropriate.

Submitted by deadzone on February 6, 2016 - 7:12pm.

With Roku or similar streaming device you can get HBO Go for $15 per month and get all the Bill Maher.

Regarding Sling TV, my trial so far is not promising. Tried to watch an NBA game and the video quality just did not cut it. Picture went fuzzy at one point and in general it could not keep up with the speed of the game. And this is with the TW 50Mb/s Internet service.

Submitted by jonnycsd on February 11, 2016 - 11:38am.

I got a 30 day trial on an Amazon Fire Stick for college football bowl season. It worked great and I will keep the service.

Submitted by deadzone on February 11, 2016 - 6:44pm.

I'm canceling my Sling trial, the picture quality watching ESPN just sucks. Not good enough to replace cable yet. Still hopeful for the future.

Submitted by ltsddd on February 11, 2016 - 9:41pm.

I think if your internet connection is truly 50 mbs then you shouldn't have the degraded picture problem; unless you have other devices streaming at the same time. Try checking your internet speed at http://www.speedtest.net/. Another possible bottleneck is between your wifi and your streaming device.

Submitted by FlyerInHi on October 9, 2016 - 2:37pm.

I'm watching CNN on Sling right now.
You can stream to 3 TVs at once which means you can access the service in multiple locations. I share with my brother and with a friend in Florida as it's unlikely we will have more than 3 simultanous streams.

Submitted by no_such_reality on October 9, 2016 - 7:12pm.

deadzone wrote:
And this is with the TW 50Mb/s Internet service.

I'm assuming TW means Time Warner, which means you're really on shared pipe.

You've got a 50mbps pipe limit, but the reality is anytime anybody is loading big shit, you'll get bad jitter. I've got TW - 50 Mbps service and frankly, beginning of the day and early evening, their lag just sucks worse than our Presidential Candidates, IMHO.

Submitted by montana on October 9, 2016 - 8:42pm.

I finally cut the cable cord about two months ago and went with Sling TV. We already had an Apple TV but when we signed up we took the offer to get another Apple TV for $89. We haven't looked back since. The majority of the channels that we enjoyed are offered on Sling TV and they carry ESPN, FS1, P12 networks so I have plenty of College Football to watch. We are saving about $100/month and throwing that towards other forms of entertainment with the girls instead of parking ourselves in front of the TV. We have the Apple TV's hard wired in our house and currently get 50+ mbps download speed

Submitted by bababooey on October 14, 2016 - 9:57am.

Check out Sony Playstation VUE service (can be used on devices other then Playstation). I've had Sling and now use VUE, VUE service is much better.

Also, recently switched from Time Warner to Rectum (I know they are the same now, but they are not). Had to spend an hour on the phone fighting Time Warner to switch me to the Rectum $39/mo 100Mb/s plan from my old $59/mo 50Mb/s TW plan.

OUT.

Submitted by spdrun on October 14, 2016 - 12:00pm.

Rectum? That's an asinine choice if I've heard one.

Submitted by FlyerInHi on October 14, 2016 - 12:42pm.

VUE

Not good if you need multiple locations.

Limits on account sharing or simultaneous streams?
Oh yes. The biggest restriction is that all TV devices must be tied to a single address, which means no sharing passwords with your cousin across the country or bringing your console to a friend’s house. If you violate this rule, you may be blocked from using the service; and to make things even scarier, Sony says you can only change your own address one time. (We’ve received one report of problems with dynamic IP addresses due to Sony’s location restrictions, though this seems to be an issue with the internet provider mapping IP addresses to the wrong location.)
http://www.techhive.com/article/3047812/...

Submitted by bababooey on October 14, 2016 - 1:59pm.

So your not knocking the service due to the quality or price, rather the difficulty to steal?

Submitted by millennial on October 14, 2016 - 2:20pm.

bababooey wrote:
So your not knocking the service due to the quality or price, rather the difficulty to steal?

I don't consider it stealing when companies allow you to have up to a certain amount of users. Netflix, Sling, and others aren't idiots and can easily limit the amount of users if necessary. They don't because they want to remain competitive. For instance, my father shares his Netflix account with my sister and I and we have our own profiles set up and everything.

Submitted by FlyerInHi on October 14, 2016 - 2:28pm.

bababooey wrote:
So your not knocking the service due to the quality or price, rather the difficulty to steal?

It's not stealing.
What if you have several homes and kids in college? The idea of a household in one physical house is old fashioned.

Submitted by bababooey on October 14, 2016 - 2:41pm.

If I had several homes and kids in collage I could afford to spend an extra $7.99 a month.

Submitted by spdrun on October 14, 2016 - 2:51pm.

Or if you have a good uplink speed, just set up a VPN server at home... :)

Submitted by all on October 14, 2016 - 2:53pm.

millennial wrote:
bababooey wrote:
So your not knocking the service due to the quality or price, rather the difficulty to steal?

I don't consider it stealing when companies allow you to have up to a certain amount of users. Netflix, Sling, and others aren't idiots and can easily limit the amount of users if necessary. They don't because they want to remain competitive. For instance, my father shares his Netflix account with my sister and I and we have our own profiles set up and everything.

I'm pretty sure that is against ToS.

Submitted by FlyerInHi on October 14, 2016 - 3:03pm.

bababooey wrote:
If I had several homes and kids in collage I could afford to spend an extra $7.99 a month.

Is it $7.99 a month or a whole another VUE account for each location.

BTW, I'm not feeling sorry for Sony. They owned the portable player, then bought into music and movies. They tried to restrict everything and missed out on the MP3 player. So many missteps.

Submitted by bababooey on December 9, 2016 - 7:55pm.

Hi cheap skates...

I assume I'm not the only one which has tried DirectTv NOW service for $35.

I'd say the pros are:
Cheaper then Sony Vue (I don't consider Sling a contender)
Available on Apple Tv
For the price/channel, it is the cheapest out there

Cons:
It's new, some growing pains
No cloud DVR like Sony Vue

Submitted by spdrun on December 9, 2016 - 8:01pm.

Bittorrent is the world's cloud DVR.

Submitted by bababooey on December 9, 2016 - 8:06pm.

True, but I'm trying to keep it legal in 2017.

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