Sling TV announces new interface and adds ESPN3 to lineup

Sling TV, one of the best alternatives to a traditional cable subscription, has announced an updated user interface. The redesign focus on customization with a new “My TV” view that puts the content you like most front and center. A “Favorites” ribbon will highlight the content you mark as your favorite, as well as content that Sling TV automatically knows is a favorite based on your viewing habits. The “Continue Watching” ribbon will hold all of your paused content so you can quickly pickup where you last left off. A recommendation engine will highlight new movies, shows, and sporting events in a “Recommended” ribbon based on your past habits. Another new section called “on Now” will highlight the best content that is currently airing live at any given moment.

In addition to the new interface, Sling TV will soon be adding ESPN3 to their base $20 package at no additional charge, rounding out their ESPN sports lineup, which already includes ESPN and ESPN2. The new interface will roll out in phases across various devices with no word on exactly when it will arrive on the Fire TV and Fire TV Stick. Both the new UI and ESPN3 should arrive some time in the first quarter of 2016.

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  1. Da Truf says:

    IPTV will not take over and kill cable (and terrestrial) tv until two things happen:

    1. Metered broadband needs to be stopped; the powers that be are going to throw everything but the kitchen sink at the public to try to ram metered broadband down our throats. We must resist this as all costs. Unfortunately this is going to be a very long and drawn out fight, multiple generations long, to get the type of broadband competition that other countries enjoy.

    2. This is the big one; the local sports teams have to offer thier respective exclusive cable broadcast channels (MSG, YES, SNY) à la carte over the Internet. Which they absolutely never will do because of kickbacks/collusion/cronyism between those teams and the local cable providers. Local politicians will need to start taking a stand where they don’t give one dime of public money to a sports team unless they agree to make the games all broadcast on terrestrial tv or everything must be streamable à la carte for a reasonable price. Or pass laws to that effect.

    We are a few VERY big public perception paradigm shifts away from either of those things happening. Unfortunately the local cable monopolies are great at finding the sweet spot price where they milk absolutely as much money as they can from the public while never letting more than 49% get outraged at the high prices.

    Everyone who is interested in fighting the good fight needs to read the book “Captive Audience” by Susan P. Crawford it lays out the past, present, and future of the cable monopolies.

  2. Justin says:

    I’ve like Sling TV because it’s the cheapest way to get access to cable channels though it’s always needed some improvement in the interface and app in general. I like having some cable channels but don’t need a huge lineup.

    There’s been issues like playback problems after pausing which I’m not sure if they ever got fixed. Some of the channel groupings were kinda weird so it’s nice there will be the customizable My TV section. Resuming didn’t always work between sessions so it’s nice they fixed it recently and now make it easier to see which shows you started to watch. Some channels like El Rey don’t always show the content right in the guide or are missing descriptions and images of shows and movies. I hope that gets fixed.

    Even with it’s problems I do like the service and hope these changes lead to a better experience.

    Sling always gave access to epsn3 it’s just before you used to need to use the epsn app to access it. It makes more sense to offer it directly through sling so it’s good they are doing that now.

    • shwru980r says:

      Whenever there is an issue with playback problems, contact Sling TV customer support immediately and demand a refund of the current month’s subscription. If they are not forthcoming with the refund, then contact your credit card company or bank to initiate a chargeback.

      • Jimmy8881 says:

        Is this possible? Have anyone been able to get a full month refund from having a playback problem? I never thought of trying this and I’ve had problem while watching amc before

  3. Mitchell Poole says:

    I guess having ESPN3 added to Sling TV app is not a bad thing and will help those that never understood how to access it via WatchESPN app or through ESPN site via web browser. Not sure I would use the integrated ESPN3 myself because WatchESPN app is usually more reliable than SlingTV app.

    I’m more interested in their discussion of looking into allowing multiple active screens since only the ESPN/Disney agreement limits to a single screen. They should have allowed viewing other content on multiple screens from the start.

  4. RgnKjnVA says:

    I’m ready for a UI refresh for sure. Very frustrating since launch.

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