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PPV UFC 214 comes to Sling TV. Will it drive subscriptions?
Live sports, Operators, OTT, Cloud TV
PPV UFC 214 comes to Sling TV. Will it drive subscriptions?
Jul 26 2017 9:30 AM

Sling TV is planning to offer its first-ever pay-per-view (PPV) event, the much anticipated UFC grudge match that features a pair of light heavyweights. UFC 214: Cormier v. Jones 2 features current champ Daniel Cormier against ex-champ Jon Jones who last met in 2015 at UFC 182.

Sling TV testing cloud DVR for Roku users; more devices to follow
OTT, Cloud TV
Sling TV testing cloud DVR for Roku users; more devices to follow
Nov 28 2016 8:00 AM

Sling TV is rolling out a limited cloud DVR beta program for Roku users, with features that include conflict-free recording, the ability to pause, rewind or fast-forward recorded content, and simple space management.

The launch, currently by invitation only, is scheduled for December, and Sling TV said it will have support for additional devices in the coming months.

Sling CEO Lynch: We’re not competing with DirecTV Now, big pay-TV
OTT, Cloud TV, Pay TV
Sling TV CEO Lynch: We’re not competing with DirecTV Now, big pay-TV
Oct 26 2016 2:45 PM

Sling TV CEO Roger Lynch isn’t one for convention. He is, after all, the boss of one of the more disruptive OTT services on the market… it’s even disrupted the pay-TV business of its parent, Dish Network, reportedly adding subscribers each quarter as Dish – and the rest of the pay-TV industry loses them.

Top 10 US streaming services seeing strong subscriber growth
Cloud TV, SVOD
Top 10 US streaming services seeing strong subscriber growth
Oct 26 2016 7:30 AM

Nearly two-thirds (63%) of U.S. broadband households subscribe to at least one streaming service, with the Big 3 – Netflix, Amazon Video and Hulu – most prevalent.

But Sling TV, CBS All Access and Showtime are moving up in that list – prepared by Parks Associates – as more Americans opt for SVOD services.

Parks said it’s seeing continued growth among the Top 10 SVOD services, with all of them growing their subscriber bases over the past year.

25% of American’s who moved in the past year ditched pay TV
Pay TV, Virtual MVPD, Cord Cutting
25% of US households that moved in the past year ditched pay TV
Sep 23 2016 8:45 AM

Here’s another reason pay-TV operators are looking longingly at virtual MVPDs (V-MVPDs): Fully a quarter of all Americans who moved this past year no longer subscribe to a pay-TV service.

APAC, OTT, Pay TV
Will Foxtel Play evolve into Australia’s Sling TV?
Sep 07 2016 7:30 AM

Business models are an ongoing issue for pay-TV and OTT service providers, that are working to devise plans that better appeal to consumers than traditional ad-supported or subscription services have.

It remains a moving target, with more operators throwing any combination of hybrid models hoping to hit a bull’s-eye.

Sling TV ads get tough on bad cable as it reaches for broader subscriber base
Pay TV, Internet TV
Sling TV ads get tough on 'bad cable' as it reaches for broader subscriber base
Aug 30 2016 10:15 AM

It wasn’t long ago (January of 2015, actually) that Sling TV was cautiously edging out onto the national stage, demurely insisting it wasn’t advocating cord cutting, just offering an alternative that might attract cord nevers and others disgruntled with the pay-TV economy. In other words, Millennials.

Accelerating pay-TV subscriber losses point to OTT’s continued adoption
Cord Cutting, Pay TV
Accelerating pay-TV subscriber losses point to OTT’s continued adoption
Aug 30 2016 6:15 AM

Nielsen is using updated census numbers to apply a balm to the sting of subscriber defections for many cable networks like ESPN, but industry analyst firm SNL Kagan has no lotion that will sooth the sting of what it says was the worst quarterly losses ever for the U.S. pay-TV industry.

Dish & CenturyLink: Two operators with very different takes on skinny bundles
Pay TV, Operators, OTT
Dish & CenturyLink: Two operators with very different takes on skinny bundles
Aug 04 2016 11:45 AM

The battle for disenchanted pay-TV subscribers is heating up, with a pair of operators today taking two different paths using skinny bundles as chum they hope will attract viewers.

Dish Network, which also has gone to a straight OTT offering to attract cord cutters and cord nevers with Sling TV, today floated a flexible skinny bundle to its pay-TV customers.

Dish bows Sling Orange and Sling Blue, with more content to boot
Pay TV, Content
Dish bows Sling Orange and Sling Blue, with more content to boot
Jun 30 2016 7:45 AM

Dish Network’s OTT service, Sling TV, continues to tweak its offerings as it looks to push subscriber numbers higher and maintain its lead in the virtual MSO space.

Its new multi-stream service, which has been coasting along in beta version, today became a formal offering named Sling Blue. Priced at $25 a month for new customers (existing multi-stream beta customers will stay at $20) the service allows users to watch up to three streams at once.

Connected TVs & Devices, Cloud TV
Sling TV upgrades UI on Roku devices
Jun 28 2016 4:00 PM

Just two weeks after making its debut on Apple TV – with a highly touted redesign of its user interface – Sling TV has brought the UI to Roku.

The UI highlights include:

Sling TV adds channels, Apple TV
Internet TV, Connected TVs & Devices
Sling TV adds channels, Apple TV
Jun 13 2016 3:15 PM

Busy day in Sling TV-land where the skinny bundle of Internet TV channels rolled out four announcements (and added some bulk in the process).

The OTT play from Dish Network now is available on 4th-Gen Apple TV, with all of its iterations – single-stream, beta multi-stream, Sling Latino and Sling International offerings – available to Sling TV subscribers via the app from Apple’s App Store.

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