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    Posted: 26 Jan 2015 at 5:15pm
Dish Network starting a new stand-along service called SLING. It offers 12 channels, including CNN, ESPN and HGTV (I only watch the last one once a year, on January 1 when they televise the Tournament of Roses Parade WITHOUT COMMERCIALS!)Big smile for a flat fee of $20 a month. I'm considering subscribing to this, after going without Pay-TV for the past eight year. Are any of you considering this service? Post away my friends!

PS I'll have to wait until April before I make my final decision, this past October my lawnmower diedDead, and it will take at least another three months before I have sufficient funds for a new one. LOL
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote crainbebo Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 26 Jan 2015 at 11:13pm
12 channels? What a scam. We are not living in 1981 anymore! Back then there was enough cable channels to fill up ch 2-13 on a cable box. CNN, HBO, Showtime, very early MTV maybe, WTBS. 

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http://www.npr.org/2015/01/26/379440654/intended-for-millennials-dishs-sling-tv-is-a-cord-cutters-dream

I dunno about this deal, Reg. According to this article, Sling doesn't have the network channels - abc,nbc and cbs. To watch the news you'd have to set rabbit ears back up.
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My provider does have Direct TV, but it's an additional $90 a month, so to heck with that. As for 'Rabbit Ears" I can rustle up a set for CHEAP (I hear sometimes somebody GIVES these things away, so I'll wait till one comes in my neck of the woods. 
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Don't even bother with local channels ourselves, anyway even with Dish we get AMARILLO news instead of Albuquerque (Not a major issue, but a bit silly to get news from another State. :P)

The Inclusion of Disney Channel is a bit annoying since I already am annoyed having a block of channels I never even WANT to look at. I think - like someone else in the comments on the NPR link said - it's the kind of thing that should be waited on until Al a Carte channels become available. I'd rather get Cartoon Network instead of Disney without having to buy the $5 additional kids package.

I wouldn't mind so much, but some of the very few shows I like to watch regularly don't get subtitles uploaded online, or not regularly at least, so I do depend on seeing them live.
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I'd consider it, but only if it comes with no pop-up ads or squeezed credits. I can live with the network bugs.

Anyone know if Sling "channels" come without the intrusions?
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Originally posted by Tiz Tiz wrote:

http://www.npr.org/2015/01/26/379440654/intended-for-millennials-dishs-sling-tv-is-a-cord-cutters-dream

I dunno about this deal, Reg. According to this article, Sling doesn't have the network channels - abc,nbc and cbs. To watch the news you'd have to set rabbit ears back up.
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Yea Reg...I have to agree with Tizzer's points, having spent a week with my daughter who had multiple flatscreens, but only got REDBOX via her XBOX. I'm one who sort of likes to catch the news...
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote regulus Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 18 Mar 2015 at 1:31pm
I'm still sitting on the fence for this one (I'm not in real a hurry to get this), in the meantime I have lots and lots and lots of programming to chew on.  LOL
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Hmm. Now you've got me kinda interested. I'd still have to keep cable for the network channels, but to add some of the channels like TNT, TBS, IFC, Maker and EPIX would be nice to have. Comcast wants an extra $45 a month for the next package up just to be able to get around the 5 channels that I would actually watch. $20 doesn't sound so bad. 
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^  I have Comcast---"Digital Preferred".  The next level down has almost all the channels I watch, but it doesn't have all the on-screen guides and stuff.  In a way, I'm paying the extra $ for the guides.


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That's strange. I have digital economy and I get the guides. If I didn't, I'd just use the tablet for the guide and remote. Comcrap just sucks.

Edit: If only this Sling thing included the basic network channels like ABC, NBC, CBS and CW, I'd switch and save some cash. 
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No network channels? That's a deal breaker for me!
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Originally posted by Tiz Tiz wrote:

http://www.npr.org/2015/01/26/379440654/intended-for-millennials-dishs-sling-tv-is-a-cord-cutters-dream

I dunno about this deal, Reg. According to this article, Sling doesn't have the network channels - abc,nbc and cbs. To watch the news you'd have to set rabbit ears back up.
Who is your internet provider and do they have cable tv also?

I thought over the air TV went digital and rabbit ears were no longer functional. When I went DISH 13 years ago I repurposed my rabbit ears as an excellent FM radio antenna.
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I've decided not to get this. What would prevent them from adding more channels (and then jacking up the rates)? And there are still the INSANE amount of advertising to cope with. Dead No Thanks! When Cable first came to my town in 1980 There were 20 extra channels for $20.00 a month, including HBO, Showtime and The Movie Channel ($8.00 without the "Premium" Channels). Now its $159.00 a month, WITHOUT the "Premium Channels". Fool me once, shame on you! Fool me twice, SHAME ON ME! Angry

My programming has been commercial-free for these last 8 1/4 years, and I LIKE IT THIS WAY (Not to mention I save almost $100.00 a month)! LOL
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Originally posted by regulus regulus wrote:


My programming has been commercial-free for these last 8 1/4 years, and I LIKE IT THIS WAY (Not to mention I save almost $100.00 a month)! LOL
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Been saying this forever: I want to choose my own personal favorite channels "à la carte," and pay for only them. But we all know that's never gonna happen.
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^  Wouldn't that make it such that only the most popular channels would survive?


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Same here. It's stupid to give me all these extra channels that I'll never watch and then turn around and charge me an extra $45 a month for the few extra channels that I would. In the short term they make more money, but in the long term they actually lose potential profit from people like me who just won't do it. Just let me sign up for your first tier package and let me substitute some channels for others. Hell, charge me fifty cents or so a month for each substitution. I'd gladly pay the little extra to have something I'll actually use, and they'd make a little more money off me than they normally would. Everybody is happy. It'll never happen. Things like this will hopefully be their downfall. Especially since we are starting to see more live tv streaming tv services such as SLING and Playstation Vue. More power to them.
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^  Wouldn't that make it such that only the most popular channels would survive?



Yes. Which is precisely why I said it's never going to happen.
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Originally posted by Thor Thor wrote:


^  Wouldn't that make it such that only the most popular channels would survive?



Yes. Which is precisely why I said it's never going to happen.


Bear in mind their customers are quitting them at a record pace. More and more households are deciding that streaming services such as Hulu and Netflix among other means are a much better value them Pay-TV is. They are also reaching what is called a "Price Plateau" which is the point that nobody will pay for their product, rich or poor. That is bad news for them. because if they DON'T go a-la-carte they'll simply collapse.
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I thought over the air TV went digital and rabbit ears were no longer functional. When I went DISH 13 years ago I repurposed my rabbit ears as an excellent FM radio antenna.

It did. Here, one needs a digital converter box. A coaxial cable screws into the tv(from that box) and then plugs into an outlet. The box has antennae just like rabbit ears. Around $30(?) for the box.
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Bumping this to again ask whether the channels on SLING have popups or squeezed credits, or any of that other junk? Even at $20, I'm not paying for intrusions.
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You're not gonna get anything here.

Go to the comments and post your question there - or some place like that.
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Good point. Thanks.
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I got the free trial. You get to watch the shows in real time (for the most part...I don't believe ESPN has ads). Other than that, you get the same commercials, bugs, etc. 

Haven't decided whether I'll keep it...after sitting thru an IFC commercial break that seemed to take forever, I'm leaning towards no.
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