Today has been a constant stream of announcements from Sling TV. First, Sling TV added a slew of new channels. They now offer FS2, FXX, Nat Geo WILD, Comedy Central, BET, Nick Jr., NickToons, TeenNick, MTV, Paramount Network, MTV2, LOGO, CMT, TV Land and VH1.
The channel additions break down as follows:
The Multi-Stream “Best of Live TV” beta base package added FS2, FXX, Nat Geo WILD, Comedy Central, BET, and Nick Jr. The Single Stream Best of Live TV base package added only Comedy Central.
A new “Comedy Plus Extra” add-on is now available for both base packages. The single-stream service consists of MTV, Paramount Network, MTV2, LOGO, CMT, TV Land and truTV (moved from the former Lifestyle Extra). While the multi-stream service includes MTV, Paramount Network, MTV2, LOGO, CMT and TV Land.
A “Kids Extra – Beta” add-on is now available for the multi-stream service and includes NickToons, TeenNick, Boomerang, Baby TV and Duck TV. The existing “Kids Extra” for the Single Stream service has added Nick Jr., NickToons, and TeenNick.
The Single Stream Lifestyle Extra package picked up BET and lost TruTV as that moved to the new Comedy Plus Extra package.
The New UI on Apple TV
Sling TV promised a new UI back in January. Well, it’s arrived along with new device support. Not only will the 4th Generation Apple TV have a Sling TV app, but it will debut the new UI.
The My TV menu let’s users mark their favorite shows so they appear in the “Favorite” ribbon. That means you will never have to search for the new episode of The Walking Dead or Better Call Saul ever again.
You can also add your most watched channels to the “My Channels Ribbon.” This is a fantastic feature as you can pull up you most watched networks in one click, There is also a “Continue Watching” ribbon, so you pick up where you left on a show you stopped watching.
The new interface also features a mini-guide that you can pull up while watching a program. You continue watching your show while scrolling through whats on other available channels at the foot of the screen. This is a feature many have been waiting for.
Other features include “On Now”, which allows you to see live program options by genres like “sports” or comedy for easy navigation of live TV. There is also a series view that makes it easy to search for a specific episode of a series like Game of Thrones. You can see you which episodes you’ve already watched, and ensure it’s easy to find the next one you want to play.
We’ve all waiting a long while for these features. Heres hoping they roll out to other devices soon.
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