Sling TV is attempting a new method to reach possible consumers with a free alternative of its streaming service. Via a “browse as guest” alternative, newbies to Sling will be capable of checking out episodes from handful of shows (comprising Shameless, Billions, and Ray Donovan) for free, although it appears only a single episode is accessible for each of those shows. You can also sign in to separate channels without having to pay for a Sling bundle. Sling is launching the function out on Roku beginning this week, and aims to bring it to more gadgets in the future.
In the meantime, consumers on Android TV, Roku, and Amazon will observe that the search page seems a bit different. A popular searches segment shows leading queries every day, and your own search outcomes will fall into a handful of sections: movies, top results, channels, and shows. Sling aims to upgrade its search functions on other gadgets moving forward.
On a related note, earlier Roku claimed that it is launching out premium deals. Consumers will soon be capable of getting networks comprising Starz, Showtime, and Epix, and pay for all of these in a single bill—same as Amazon Prime Video. The Roku Channel is not strictly restricted to Roku hardware: it is accessible on an extending list of gadgets and is a huge goal for the firm.
There are multiple differences between Prime Channels and what Roku’s performing, though. Initially, Amazon’s solution needs Prime, whereas the subscriptions from Roku’s do not have any nuts and bolts apart from you setting up an account on Roku. The next difference—and maybe a more essential one—is that Roku is not providing HBO at the beginning. From the firm’s point of view, users already have a number of methods to receive and pay for HBO, but you can say the same about Starz and Showtime.