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Sling TV is Adding a Traditional Guide & Other Features


Today Sling TV announced several new major updates to the Sling TV user interface. From a new grid guide to ways to find your content easier.

“To help you navigate all the great content we offer, today we’re announcing some new updates to the user interface for Android users, which will begin to roll out to users today. We will continue to roll updates to all Android users in the next several days, and will expand these UI updates to additional devices in the coming weeks.” Said Ben Weinberge Sling TV’s Chief Product Officer.

Here is a quick breakdown of what is new:

  • Grid Guide – We’ve listened to customer feedback and incorporated a traditional grid guide option to allow viewers to quickly browse what’s on now, filter channels by genre and see the upcoming schedule of every channel in one glance.
  • Featured Movies and Shows – In the coming weeks, we’re adding new “Featured” content ribbons to MyTV, starting with “Featured Movies” and “Featured Shows,” to make it easier to discover our deep library of on-demand content.
  • What’s Hot Now – “On Now” is getting smarter by showing the most popular events and shows first, through added intelligence in our live content sorting system for easy, one-click access.
  • Shows Screen – In the next few weeks, we’re launching a new screen dedicated to TV shows. “Shows” will make finding a TV series to watch simple, sorting shows by genres like drama, lifestyle, comedy, crime, sci-fi, action or kids. With more than 31,000 episodes of on-demand shows from Sling, finding a show to watch is more important than ever.

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  • Sunny Rain

    They’re following Hulu with the featured / suggested stuff just to make extra bucks for promoting a show. The Hulu suggestions are so annoying and they make it difficult to get to the content you actually want to watch. So, they’re basically taking the worst part of Hulu and adding it to their service.

    • Todd

      From the sounds of things, by adding a grid-based guide, they’re moving away from the Hulu-style interface and toward a DirecTV Now-style guide. This is much better than what they had, and it’s one of the primary complaints people had with Sling.

      • Sunny Rain

        The Hulu part that I’m complaining about is the “featured” or “suggested” content that they use to shove their promoted shows in your face.

        • Todd

          But at least Sling makes it easy to get past that and go to the guide to find what you want. I agree that Hulu’s version of that sucks, but Sling handles that by giving you a way around it.

  • REP

    About time they add a grid Guide. I suggested this to them awhile back when i cancelled their service and sign with Direct TV Now. Grid Guide is needed for every Live TV providers. HULU and Youtube need to start doing the same.

  • Nathan John Ganiere

    what device is this even on, not on ROKU or Fire TV yet anyhow, could just be early…….

    • AstroMonster

      Android

      • Richard smith

        Android only? That the one that least needs a grid.

        • From the article:
          “We will continue to roll updates to all Android users in the next several days, and will expand these UI updates to additional devices in the coming weeks.” Said Ben Weinberge Sling TV’s Chief Product Officer

  • Greg Stone

    Great! I cancelled due to this a number of months back and suggested a traditional grid as well. Browsing live content without a stacked grid was tedious and somewhat annoying. May give sling another try.

    • Jim Carter

      I’m shocked to hear they didn’t have a guide to begin with. Yet another reason why I’m happy with Vue.

  • Brad Alsobrook

    I was about to drop SlingTV due to shitty customer service… But I’m going to wait to see how the new updates turn out… Ever hear this from them??
    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/85f166ea1f871c42ee09ba8aeb2d55da315dee3fd29eefacd157a66f46aa050c.jpg

  • Jeff Hershberger

    No grid on Roku or AppleTV. I just bought a new Roku Ultra and got a free month of Sling. I activated that on a new account to check out this grid. If they can get it working on Roku and add CBS, I might be able to switch from Vue.

  • Jason Neubauer

    So 1990s. I hate traditional guides. So plain, so boring so lifeless. Their original guide is so Much better. Bright and vibrant. Can see icons of the shows and not movies your seeing. This is 2017. Phones are icon based. Netflix is icon based. Streaming devices are icon/picture based. Tv show and movie apps are icon/picture based. At least sling was smart enough to keep the original better guide. We at suppose to moving forward with technology not backwards

  • mr Dave

    I’ll have to wait and see if I like this once it gets to Roku. If I could arrange the grid with MY FAVORITE channels that would be a huge step forward. Right now I have to go past IFC, Del Rey, Comedy, ect. to get to the good stuff.

    • Lynnneez

      If you use their current “guide” you can easily create a list of favorite channels and filter to only see those in the guide with just a click of a button.

  • CordKutter

    I think Pluto TV has the best guide on Roku. You can still watch showmovie while you search through the guide. DTV Now and Sling and learn from them. With their recent updates to their guide it is even batter. The only thing they are missing is favorites.

  • Lynnneez

    So this is only available on android tv and the shield? Smart move considering the tiny user base of those devices essentially creates a closed beta like environment. I hope they roll this out to the majority of users not on android within a month th as they claim.