Grease: Live was electrifying for Slingbox users: Top 10 Entertainment


Our 10 most-watched programs of the week on Slingbox, non-sports edition, were as follows. Check after the list for a few quick thoughts on this week’s most-watched home entertainment:

1. Today
2. Republican-Debate
3. Iowa Caucuses
4. The Big Bang Theory
5. Grease: Live
6. Shameless
7. Keeping Up With the Kardashians
8. American’s Election HQ
9. Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
10. The Bachelor

Grease: Live, FOX’s first live TV musical premiered this past Sunday, and the extravagant production was a success. The performance received excellent television ratings, drawing in 12.2 million viewers, and the hashtag, #GreaseLive, flooded social media platforms.

The live performance underwent some difficulties throughout the 3-hour long special. There were audio glitches, a California storm affected outdoor scenes and one of the cast’s main characters, Vanessa Hudgens, lost her father to cancer the night before the show.

Most viewers and critics didn’t seem to notice the issues the cast and crew faced. During the performance, positive comments inundated Twitter and Facebook feeds, and afterwards outlets including CNN and Entertainment Weekly praised the iconic cast and sets.

Grease: Live and previous live televised musicals, such as Peter Pan, seem to be starting a new trend for the television industry. We’re looking forward to seeing more classic musicals televised in the future!

We’ll be back next week with more lists.

Live TV Dominated in 2015 According to Nielsen Report


Throughout 2015, a lot of speculation began circulating around the television industry and how consumers were watching their favorite TV programs. Through all this buzz, the biggest question was whether people were going to continue paying their cable subscriptions or if subscribers would ultimately cut the cord and stream their shows online. The new  cord cutting phenomenon was prevalent during the year, with streaming devices becoming more popular than ever; however, according to Nielsen’s recent fourth-quarter 2015 Local Watch Report, live television was still the most popular way that customers were consuming their entertainment during the 2015 year.

Nielsen is a global performance management company that studies consumers and provides information on the trends that people are following. According to the article, which you can read here, the 2015 Nielsen report looked at viewing habits in local TV, subscription video on demand services (SVOD), smart TVs and mobile devices. It found that adults between the ages of 25 and 54 watch over three hours of live TV a day, consume 30 plus minutes of time-shifted TV and spend more than seven minutes watching on multimedia.

With all of this in mind, we are happy to say that Slingbox users have the best of both worlds! You still have your cable subscription but with our device, you no longer have to be tied down to your living room to watch the content you love. Slingbox “slings” your cable or satellite TV content to any mobile device including smartphones, tablets and laptops. You can also access and asses your recorded DVR content, which means you can stop planning your schedule according to the TV guide.

As far as 2016 is concerned, we are unsure how live TV will compare to the streaming trend – but we like to think that a majority of TV-lovers will continue to see the benefits of having a cable subscription!

Will you be using Slingbox to watch TV in 2016?

Slingbox fans await Super Bowl 50: Top 10 Sports


Your 10 most-watched programs of the week on Slingbox, sports edition, were as follows. Check after the list for a few quick thoughts on this week’s most-watched sports.

1. NFL: Patriots at Broncos
2. NFL: Cardinals at Panthers
3. SportsCenter
4. Today
5. Futbol Mexicano Primera Division
6. Fox NFL Postgame
7. NBA: Spurs at Warriors
8. 2016 Australian Open Tennis
9. Futbol Espanol Primera Division
10. The NFL Today

Last week was the Conference Championship round of the NFL playoffs; the two postseason battles claimed the top two spots of our list as teams fought to secure their spots in the Super Bowl. On Saturday, the Denver Broncos beat the New England Patriots, 20-18, while the Carolina Panthers outplayed the Arizona Cardinals to win, 49-15, setting the stage for a Broncos and Panthers championship matchup.

While the Broncos won two consecutive Super Bowl Championships, in 1998 and 1999, the Carolina Panthers have never won the big game. Could Super Bowl 50 be their year? Fans are excited to see how the Broncos’ quarterback, Peyton Manning and Panther’s quarterback, Cam Newton, will play at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, California.

Use your Slingbox to catch the game, commercials and halftime show on Sunday, February 7 at 3:30 p.m. PT on CBS.

We’ll be back next week with more lists.

Slingbox users sing along to the final season of American Idol: Top 10 Entertainment


Our 10 most-watched programs of the week on Slingbox, non-sports edition, were as follows. Check after the list for a few quick thoughts on this week’s most-watched home entertainment:

1. The X-Files
2. The Big Bang Theory
3. Shameless
5. ABC News Good Morning America
6. The Bachelor
7. Keeping Up With the Kardashians
8. American Idol
9. Criminal Minds
10. The Young and the Restless

American Idol was a favorite among Slingbox users this week; the show is currently in its fifteenth and final season. Through the years, the show has had a variety of different judges, with love-to-hate judge Simon Cowell perhaps best known. This season features Keith Urban, Jennifer Lopez and Harry Connick Jr. as judges and mentors for the aspiring singers.

Television personality Ryan Seacrest has returned to host the final season of the reality competition. Seacrest was the original host of the show when it premiered in 2002 and became an instant hit as Kelly Clarkson won the first season. Aside from Clarkson, American Idol has jumpstarted the careers of many stars, including Carrie Underwood, Tori Kelley, Jennifer Hudson and Jordan Sparks.

Next up on the show is Hollywood Week, during which the remaining contestants will perform as the judges will decide who will move on to the live rounds. At that point, it will be up to America to decide who is eliminated and who stays to sing another week.

Use your Slingbox to tune into the kickoff of Hollywood Week on American Idol tonight at 8:00 p.m. on FOX.

We’ll be back Friday with sports.

NFL Playoffs tackle the competition: Top 10 Sports


Your 10 most-watched programs of the week on Slingbox, sports edition, were as follows. Check after the list for a few quick thoughts on this week’s most-watched sports.

1. NFL: Steelers at Broncos
2. NFL: Seahawks at Panthers
3. NFL: Chiefs at Patriots
4. NFL: Packers vs Cardinals
5. SportsCenter
6. Fox NFL Postgame
7. Futbol Mexicano Primera Division
8. The NFL Today
9. NBA: Warriors at Cavaliers
10. Cricket

Last week was the divisional round of the NFL playoffs and each of the games swept the top four spots on our list. All of the matchups were exciting to watch as the margin of victory was a single touchdown or less in each game.

On Saturday, the New England Patriots beat the Kansas City Chiefs, 27-20 while the Arizona Cardinals triumphed over the Green Bay Packers, 26-20.The following day, the Carolina Panthers beat the Seattle Seahawks, 31-24, and the Denver Broncos were victorious in their matchup against the Pittsburgh Steelers, which ended with a score of 32- 16. This was the first time since 2006 that all four home teams won their games in the divisional round.

This upcoming weekend is the conference championships where the Patriots will play the Broncos for the AFC title and the Cardinals will face off with the Panthers for bragging rights in the NFC.  This is the first time the top two seeds in each conference at the beginning of the playoffs have made the conference championship since the 2004 season.

Be sure to use your Slingbox to tune into the conference championships this Sunday to see what teams will advance to Super Bowl 50!

We’ll be back next week with more top ten lists.

Slingbox users fall for The Bachelor: Top 10 Entertainment


Our 10 most-watched programs of the week on Slingbox, non-sports edition, were as follows. Check after the list for a few quick thoughts on this week’s most-watched home entertainment:

1. Today
2. Shameless
3. Republican Presidential Debate
4. The Big Bang Theory
5. Law & Order: Special Victim’s Unit
6. Homeland
7. American Idol
8. The Bachelor
9. Criminal Minds
10. Keeping Up With the Kardashians

This week, the newest season of The Bachelor made it onto our top 10 list after recently returning for its 20th season on ABC. Since premiering in 2002, the concept of the show has remained the same—one single bachelor or bachelorette tries to find lasting love by dating over two dozen eligible singles.

Each season seems to be more dramatic and tear-filled than the last, a pattern that certainly seems true for this season with bachelor Ben Higgins. Higgins is a lively, handsome 26 year old who’s living what is either every guy’s dream or nightmare: dating 28 beautiful women at the same time. Bachelorettes vying for Higgins’ heart include a news anchor, two Bachelor veterans and a set of twins! Based on the scenes we’ve seen so far in season 20, fans of The Bachelor are in for a wild ride.

Use your Slingbox to tune into The Bachelor, airing Mondays at 8:00 p.m. on ABC. We’ll be back Friday with sports.

EchoStar’s Products Rack Up the Wins at 2016 Consumer Electronics Show


The 2016 Consumer Electronics Show, which highlights the latest tech products and innovations for the coming year, just wrapped up a few weeks ago in Las Vegas, NV. Attracting more than 170,000 attendees worldwide, and with hundreds of product launches announced from the trade show floor, this event was a major success for many brands. This week, we wanted to take the time to recognize the many awards that EchoStar’s newest products won during the show!

EchoStar, owner of Sling Media, engineers DISH Network’s satellite TV solutions. EchoStar and DISH have an impressive track record of taking home awards from CES, and this year wasn’t any different. These wins are exciting for the entire company, but to Sling Media in particular, as our industry-leading technology is integrated in newer DISH set-top boxes. Check out the award wins below:

  • CES Innovations 2016 Design and Engineering Awards: Given by the Consumer Technology Association, these awards are determined by highest engineering qualities, aesthetics, design, function and user value. Having won an Innovation Award every year for the last 10 years, EchoStar kept the streak alive in 2016, as the Hopper 3, Tailgater and Sling TV all were recognized as winners.
  • PC Magazine’s Best of CES 2016: PC Magazine is one of the most influential product reviewers in the industry, as they provide reviews and insights on thousands of tech items throughout the year. The Hopper 3 was named the “Best Home Theater Gear” by this organization, which is truly a high honor.
  • Every year this outlet, which is part of USA Today, selects the best-of-show at CES to receive their Editor’s Choice award. For the last three years, DISH products have won this award. For 2016, Hopper 3 was dubbed the “Most Powerful DVR Ever Built.”
  • Engadget’s Best of CES: Engadget’s Best of CES is the show’s official “Best of” awards. Both the Hopper 3 and HopperGO were recognized as finalists in the Best Home Theater Product category!
  •  CTA’s Mark of Excellence 2016: This award recognizes the best in custom integration and installed technology. The 4K Joey took home the Video Product of the Year award, a first for DISH!

Congratulations, EchoStar—these awards are a true testament to how the brand continues to make cutting-edge products that shape the way people experience TV entertainment!

Which award-winning DISH product is your favorite?