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Why are Sling Media products still the best solution?

There are many options for streaming TV over the Internet on the ever-changing media frontier. How do you decide which option is right for you? We'll try to help you understand what the popular options are and what they offer.
MEDIA STREAMING OPTIONS
 
Slingbox
Hulu
Netflix
HBO GO
Google TV
TWC TV
TiVo Roamio
What type of service is this?
TV anywhere service, movie service with Blockbuster On Demand and live international TV with DishWorld add-ons for Slingbox 500
Over-the-top (OTT) TV service
OTT movies and TV shows service
Premium authenticated TV and movie service
Internet TV service
Cable TV and on demand streaming service
TV anywhere (requires TiVo Stream), OTT, Internet TV, DVR. recorded shows downloadable to mobile device
What can you watch?
All of your live and recorded programming.
Limited selection of shows over the Internet. No live sports or premium content. Hulu Plus provides a greater selection of programming.
No live programming, except for programming exclusive to Netflix (such as House of Cards). Somewhat limited selection of movies and TV series (the mail-in service in more comprehensive).
HBO original programming and premium movies.
All of your live programming, plus over 100,000 movies and TV episodes on demand, and Internet video such as YouTube.
Outside of home: stream 11 channels live and 26 networks on demand.
In-home: stream 300 live, 4,000 on-demand providers.
Subset of content from cable partners who offer CableCARDs for the retail version of Roamio. Does not work with satellite or AT&T U-verse.
Where can you watch it?
Watch wherever you have an Internet connection - on Windows or Mac laptops; iPhone, iPad, Android phones or tablets, Windows Phone or Windows 8 mobile devices; or connected TVs. And you can stream to your TV with your Roku or Apple TV device!
Watch on your PC for free; on gaming consoles, connected TVs, smartphones, and tablets for a monthly fee.
Watch on Internet-connected Blu-ray players and HDTVs, iPad, iPhone, Android, and Windows Phone devices, Apple TV, Roku, TiVo, and more. International availability is expanding.
Streams to an iPhone, iPad, Android, or Chromecast device, Kindle Fire, Roku streaming player, Samsung Smart TV, XBOX 360, and Apple TV. It is only accessible in the US.
Watch on your connected TV with Google TV built in or with a buddy box connected to your TV.
Watch on your tablet, computer, or smartphone using the free TWC TV app.
In home on an iPhone or iPad (requires TiVo Stream).
What do you have to pay?
One-time purchase of Slingbox and optionally SlingPlayer for your mobile device. Per-movie purchase of streamed Blockbuster movies.
Free for limited programming on PC; monthly fee for Hulu Plus, with a greater selection in more places.
Monthly fee.
Free for HBO subscribers.
One-time purchase of Google TV device.
Requires Triple Play TV + Internet + phone service for $79.99 per month.
Roamio box plus monthly TiVo service. Streaming requires Roamio Plus ($399.99) or Roamio Pro ($599.99) plus monthly fee.
Can you remotely control both your TV and your DVR?
Yes
Not applicable – you are watching your content over the Internet.
Not applicable – you are streaming movies over the Internet.
HBO - you can create a custom watch list of shows you want to watch later.
No
 
Yes

To sum it up, Slingbox is the best TV anywhere solution because:

  • At home, around town, around the world - you can watch and control your TV and all of its programming, live, over the Internet on your tablet, smartphone, PC, Mac, or connected TV. 
  • With the on-screen remote control and program guide, you can change channels, schedule recordings on your DVR, fast-forward, rewind, pause, and play – even access premium channels and on-demand content.
  • Slingbox features dynamic streaming, which gives you the best picture possible based on network conditions.
  • Best of all - there are no monthly fees.

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