Sling TV Promises To Deliver

Sling TV web-based video service PHOTO COURTESY DISH NETWORK

Sling TV web-based video service

Earlier this month Dish Network unveiled its new Sling TV web-based video service that is targeted at people who want the “cordless TV” experience.

It promises to deliver live sports, lifestyle, family, news and information channels, video-on-demand entertainment and the best of online video to broadband connected devices at home and on the go. Best of all, this service requires no commitment, credit check or hardware installation.

For $20 per month, you can experience some of your favorites with “The Best of Live TV” core package. It includes 12 Nielson-rated sports, lifestyle, family and news networks: ESPN, ESPN2, TNT, TBS, Food Network, HGTV, Travel Channel, Adult Swim,

Cartoon Network, Disney Channel, ABC Family, CNN and an array of video-on-demand entertainment.

In addition, you can plus-up with additional programming for $5 per month with a “Kids Extra” add-on (Disney Junior, Disney XD, Boomerang, Baby TV and Duck TV), or “News & Info Extra” add-on (HLN, Cooking Channel, DIY and Bloomberg TV). A “Sports Extra” package is on the way soon.

The nice thing is that you can pause, rewind, and fast-forward most live channels and the video-on-demand. Certain channels include a three-day replay feature that gives you the ability to watch some shows that aired in the past three days (no DVR required).

You won’t need any additional hardware to use Sling TV if you already have some of the mainstream devices out there.

It will work with Amazon Fire TV, Amazon Fire TV Stick, Google’s Nexus Player, select LG Smart TVs, Roku players, Roku TV models, select Samsung Smart TVs, Xbox One, iOS, Android, Mac and PC. The company expects to have additional devices available in the coming months.

A few unfortunate drawbacks are that you’ll still see the same commercials as you would on cable or satellite TV services, and you can’t skip them.


Additionally, you cannot watch Sling TV on more than one TV (or device) simultaneously. You can have more than one device registered to one account, but the service is restricted to one stream at a time.

Sling TV expects to expand its core package, video-on-demand content, online video and add-on packs throughout 2015. At the moment it is by invitation only, but you can request one at

Master Lock Launches Twitter Campaign

For you tweeters out there, Master Lock kicked off a yearlong Twitter campaign to benefit American Red Cross. For every tweet posted with the hashtag #MasterLockProtects, a $1 donation will be made to the American Red Cross (up to $10,000).

The company is asking you to tweet/share the time in your life when safety and security has been most top of mind.

Through Jan. 31, participants who share this will be entered to win one of 20 prize bundles. Each winner will receive a $100 gift card and a variety of Master Lock products.

Throughout this campaign, Master Lock will continue to provide educational information to consumers on remaining safe and secure through various life stages and seasons.

The topics will include: Senior Safety; Tax Tips for All Life Stages; Safe Moving/New Home Safety; Marriage/Newlyweds; Back to School; First Job/New Job and Fall Family/Home Safety.

These will be available on