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  1. blackngold75

    blackngold75 Active Member

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    I tried Sling over a year ago and I forget this, so a question: is all the content on Sling TV offered linearly? Is there any on-demand, or do you need to rely on the cloud DVR functionality for that sort of thing? Thanks.

    (Edit: sorry, was being lazy - I answered my own question as I should have looked in the first place: Sling TV On-Demand Library 2020 - The Complete Breakdown )
     
  2. lparsons21

    lparsons21 Well-Known Member

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    Like other linear streaming services there is some VOD content available. How much varies by channel a bit.
     
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  3. Series3Sub

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    Yeah, cable can be pretty bad. Fortunately, I am not a sports fan, so that saves me from pain in one respect. The only thing I would be giving up if I eleminated linear TV would be content being NEW. If I were to try and see new content, it would be temporary, and for that SlingTV has the lower priced packages with the few or ONE channel(s) I may want to see NEW content for 6 weeks or so (maybe just one seires I really have to see) rather than paying the higher YTTV to get all the channels that include many I will not watch. SlingTV has improved since its launch and seems to be getting better.

    It turns out that YTTV is what Sony's PS Vue was suppsed to be. How ironic. I do consider YTTV to be the "premium" vMVPD provider both for its high price and as it seems to attract those with more money or those who had pay TV bills on the higher and highest end along while SlingTV seems to attract price concious subscribers who don't want to pay for all those channels they will never watch--the common complaint from cable and satellite subscribers. YTTV gets you more (local channesl in some markets, I think), but it sure costs more which is a sour taste in my mouth. Of course, YTTV and SlingTV, et al. are going to be just as expensive as cable and satellite today. Unless something has changed, NONE of these vMVPD's (YTTV, SlingTV, etc.) are making any money and have a ways to go to get the critical mass to change that, but by then YTTV will be like $80 per month and rising and SlingTV will cost far more than it does today. No optimisim here on that front.

    I've decided that I will go "all-in" if I ever cut the supposed "cord" and just save even more $$ by using streaming services and OTA only.
     
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  4. lparsons21

    lparsons21 Well-Known Member

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    IMO, Sling is probably not the go to service as an only streaming service. But it works very well for those willing to switch apps and sub to other services as well.

    Some examples:
    Locals - Sub to Hulu get NBC/ABC/Fox and other shows next day. Sub to CBS:AA get all of CBS and some originals.

    Cable channels - Well Sling Blue was excellent for that IMO. All of my ‘must have’ cable channels are there. Going forward it appears that NBC/Universal’s Peacock service should cover a heck of a lot of cable channel content and ATT’s HBO Max will also have a slew of those too as well as HBO content.

    I was doing Sling Blue+Hulu no ads+CBS:AA no ads and found it to be a heck of a combination at a fair price. I ended up going with YTTV because I wanted the profiles functionality which makes sharing with my son not the irritant it was. :)
     
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  5. mattyro7878

    mattyro7878 Well-Known Member

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    Here is my take. I watch Stargare sg1 regularly on xfinity on Comettv. A 480i channel. On Xfinity it looks about as bad as cable can look. On Slingtv. It is sharp. Nice colors . A totally different experience. If xfinity keeps up with their downrezzing and compression, any streaming service will blow it away. But my main point is Sling is a fine product especially compared to Comcast
     
  6. PSU_Sudzi

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    The 480i channels on Comcast are really dreadful, its almost like they try to make them unwatchable.
     
  7. foghorn2

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    "Thats why I call them Concast" :D
     
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  8. PSU_Sudzi

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    I don't watch any of those channels for the most part so really doesn't matter.
     
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