Dish’s Sling TV – A 6 Month Update ON My Original Post

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Well Worth The Cost.

Sling TV LineupA little over six months ago I subscribed to Dish’s Sling TV streaming service as a way of getting back some of the channels that I lost when I cut the cable. Going into it I had high hopes that it was going to provide me with what I was looking for, but it wasn’t long before I stopped accessing the service because it didn’t provide what I was looking for. The subscription languished on my Roku for another several months before I decided that it was time to cancel my subscription.

Much to my surprise when I went to the app through my Roku they had made some major changes to the program lineup by adding additional channels and subtracting one. The most important thing is it all came about without any increase in my billing. I still for the life of me can’t figure out why Dish would not send out a blanket email to their customers touting all of this. As a matter of fact I don’t think I’ve ever gotten one email from them since I signed up with a subscription. Baffling!

So just what does the revamped Sling TV offer now? My original post back on January 30, 2015 detailed what the original show lineup was but we will re list it here for clarity.

  • Disney Channel
  • ESPN, ESPN 2
  • Cartoon Network, Adult Swim
  • ABC Family
  • CNN
  • TNT
  • TBS
  • HGTV
  • TLC Channel
  • Travel Channel
  • Food Network

Now let’s take a look at what is part of the program now. The stations that were deleted are marked in red in the list above. The list below shows the current lineup with the new additions highlighted in blue.

  • Disney Channel
  • ESPN, ESPN 2
  • Cartoon Network, Adult Swim
  • ABC Family
  • CNN
  • TNT
  • TBS
  • HGTV
  • Travel Channel
  • Food Network
  • A&E
  • AMC
  • History Channel
  • IFC
  • El Rey Network
  • Polaris
  • Maker
  • Bloomberg
  • Lifetime
  • Galavision

Needless to say when I saw the changes that have been made I was pretty ecstatic. These changes gave me back three of my favorites, A&E, History Channel and H2. In addition Dish has also modified their add-on packages with Sports Extra, Deportes Extra, Kids Extra, Hollywood Extra, Películas & Novelas, World News Extra, Lifestyle Extra, Espana Extra and Columbia Extra all available for an additional five dollars a month per selection.

HBO live and on demand is also part of the add-on mix but has a price tag of $15 a month. I would hold off on purchasing this until HBO NOW becomes available for Android and Chrome Cast users. Starting in August this service should start becoming available for the above-mentioned devices at $14.95 a month since the exclusive that Apple had will expire. You will then be able to compare apples to apples and decide whether the Dish or HBO version is best for you.

As I mentioned before I’m pleasantly surprised by the changes Dish has made to the service and now plan on keeping it as part of my cable cutting plan. As of right now I have the TiVo service, Netflix, Hulu and Sling TV with my cost is just a few pennies north of $50 a month. This is a far cry from the $100 plus a month in fees I was paying prior to cutting the cable.

Have there been problems with the service? Not that I have seen but I am told that there have been some major outages occurring, but fortunately it happened without me having to participate. I’m guessing this is because when they happened I was not streaming the service. Since I use it about 15% of the time and only watch TV in the evenings it’s probably pretty easy to miss any outage that may occur unless it is extraordinarily long. This shouldn’t be a problem though if you’re thinking of purchasing, since all new endeavors have their bumps along the road and this service should only get better and more reliable as time goes on.

Below I have included a video that will give you a quick tour through the service the way it exists as of July 3, 2015. In the video I will point out a few quirks or should I say annoyances in the system. Who knows maybe Dish will see the video and do their best to make changes?

 

 

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