31 En 2015Cord Cutting? Sling Tv Is A Great Concept, Just Not Ready For Prime Time Yet - Thestreet
NEW YORK ( TheStreet ) Dish Network ( DISH - Get Report ) made headlines when it unveiled Sling TV at CES earlier this year , but after having played with the service for a few days, it seems to have too many bugs for it to be taken seriously -- for now. Dish's newSlingunit will continue to usher in the revolution of cord-cutting, a practice that allows customers to stop paying monstrous cable bills and just pay for Internet and services they like, such as Netflix ( NFLX - Get Report ) , Amazon ( AMZN - Get Report ) Prime and others. While allowing cord-cutters to avoid paying for channels they don't watch, Sling's $20 a month TV servicelets themkeep watching live sports on ESPN (owned by Walt Disney ( DIS - Get Report ) ) -- which has been the glue holding together pay TV's current structure -- with no commitment or contract. Slated for release some time in the first quarter of2015, Sling TVstill has some serious glitches towork out. Must Read: CES 2015 Day 1 Recap Setup is dead easy, with users entering their name, email address and credit card information. From there, you can pick any of the channels in your package (Sling starts at $20 a month, and then has multiple add-ons at $5 a month for kids, news and soon to come, sports) and start watching on almost any device. A Sling spokesowman said more add-on packages would be coming at a later, unspecified date. I used my iPhone 5s, and Sling supports a number of devices, but not all, unfortunately. For instance, you can watch it on devices such as Amazon Fire TV and Amazon Fire TV Stick, but not on Apple ( AAPL ) TV or Google ( GOOG ) Chromecast. You can watch it on Xbox One, but not PlayStation 3 or 4. A Sling spokeswoman said "More devices will be announced soon, so stay tuned." (For a full list of devices available, check Sling's website ). After you've gotten set up and started watching the bevy of programming, the first thing you'll notice is the quality. It's as crystal clear as one would expect.
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DISH & Sling TV: Why the New Cord-Cutting Service Is Such a Big Deal - NASDAQ.com
Essentially you're not having to pay for a contract SEAN O'REILLY: to get access to ESPN, because it is the highest-cost television network. SEAN O'REILLY: Yes, I was actually surprised, myself. It's got 11 or 12 channels, [and] the average cost per subscription for cable for ESPN is like $5-6. So, Sling is going to cost $20. I'm like, "Wow. ESPN's willing to" Though I imagine they're not getting a fourth of that money. NATHAN HAMILTON: Yes. I cord cutters mean, who knows. I heard rumors - and can't say whether this is true or not [as it's] purely a rumor - that Disney, provider of ESPN and ABC and so forth, could actually cut its partnership with Sling TV if the subscriber numbers really get up there. SEAN O'REILLY: Oh.
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Nickelodeon to launch cable-free app for kiddie shows cutting the cord | New York Post
After cutting the cord with China's Alibaba, the high-profile Yahoo chief executive faces more pressure than ever to reinvent the fading Internet star. This week's tax-free spinoff of Yahoo's $40 billion Alibaba stake leaves the California tech group with a core of assets but no clear path or mission, analysts say. Roger Kay of Endpoint Technologies Associates said the move allows Yahoo to "unlock the value" from its stake in the Chinese firm but fails to answer questions about Yahoo's future. "It's got a clear brand identify and a lot of valuable assets," he told AFP. "But it's a company from last year's business model and there isn't an obvious way to turn it into something to generate a lot of growth." Mayer arrived at Yahoo's helm in July 2012 after rising through the ranks at Google to become one of the most prominent women in technology and corporate America. Her "star quality" created new energy around the firm and fuelled hopes for a return to the glory days when Yahoo was the leading search engine and Internet portal. She has made some positive steps, signing respected television anchor Katie Couric for Yahoo's news team and launching new services such as live online concerts. But Kay warned any attempt by Yahoo to reclaim its role as a search engine would be "a dead end." View gallery Yahoo has been in an unusual position of holding a valuable chunk of Alibaba worth around $40 billio "Search is dead for Yahoo," he said. "Google has the search technology and Yahoo doesn't. I don't see any future in search for Yahoo, but content is interesting." Kay said Yahoo has made some inroads as a destination for live music, video, news and other content but not enough to fundamentally change its business model. "Yahoo needs to get something exclusively that's so important for people to have. They need a runaway hit," he said. Colin Gillis, analyst at BGC Partners, said Mayer "has bought herself some more time to turn the business around, making shareholders happy with the Alibaba spin, not using that money for acquisitions but returning it to shareholders.
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Photo: Everett Collection MORE ON: 'SpongeBob' returns to the big screen with a whole new look SpongeBob is cutting the cord. Viacom-owned Nickelodeon, home to kiddie hits like SpongeBob SquarePants and Dora the Explorer, is launching a new stand-alone streaming service that wont require a cable subscription. Details of the direct-to-consumer app for mobile users which follows similar initiatives from HBO and CBS will be revealed at Nickelodeons upfront presentation for advertisers next month. Although the service will be launched by Nickelodeon, it wont be branded as such, according to Viacom CEO Philippe Dauman, who announced the new offering Thursday during the companys fourth-quarter earnings call. Dauman wouldnt reveal if the service would be ad supported even though it will be pitched to a Madison Avenue crowd. There are strict rules on both advertising to children and data collection. The Federal Trade Commission requires Web sites to get parental consent from children under 13 before sharing their personal information. Viacoms service is one of a growing number of over-the-top initiatives that see programmers going it alone to reach viewers online. CBS offers CBS All Access, a pay-TV free digital venue for seeing its shows. HBOs new non-cable service is expected to launch in the spring, likely around the new season of Game of Thrones. NBC, ABC and Fox offer their shows through online TV hub Hulu.
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