Top 10 most watched of the week (sports): The one constant through all the week, Ray, was (World Series) baseball

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 live sports:

  1. MLB World Series: Giants vs. Royals
  2. NFL: Redskins vs. Cowboys
  3. NFL: Chargers vs. Broncos
  4. CFB: Mississippi vs. LSU
  5. NFL: Packers vs. Saints
  6. CFB: Ohio State vs. Penn State
  7. La Liga
  8. SportsCenter
  9. NFL: Lions vs. Falcons
  10. NFL: Seahawks vs. Panthers

If you’ve been waiting for the NFL’s stranglehold on our No. 1 spot to end, this is your week: the World Series between Kansas City and San Francisco elevated baseball above the gridiron for the first time in a very long time. Of course plenty of people watched college football online via Slingbox, and plenty of people watched pro football online via Slingbox, but there were enough Slingbox users watching baseball on their laptops, tablets or phones to push the Fall Classic to the top.

On another note: We hear a lot about Slingbox users watching the NFL internationally. But we figure that usually means American football fans watching their teams when they’re abroad for business or vacation. This week brought a different meaning to the term as the Lions and Falcons squared off in London. It wasn’t the first London game of the season, but it was the first in history to be played during the morning on the East Coast (and VERY early morning on the West Coast). That didn’t stop Slingbox users from watching, as the game reached our top 10 at No. 9.

We’ll be back next week with another set of top 10s!

Top 10 most watched of the week (entertainment): The more things change, the more they stay the same

Your 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 Walking Dead
  2. Sons of Anarchy
  3. The Big Bang Theory
  4. The Voice
  5. Today
  6. Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
  7. American Horror Story: Freak Show
  8. Grey’s Anatomy
  9. Criminal Minds
  10. Modern Family

Last week we had a fairly unsurprising list of shows, and this week was even moreso. In fact, of the ten shows that appeared on last week’s top 10, nine re-appeared this week, and even the order of the top four was identical. Enough people watched Modern Family online on their laptops, tablets or phones to push it into our No. 10 spot. And while a lot of people still watched The Young and the Restless online on their laptops, tablets or phones, it wasn’t enough to hold on, as it was the only show to drop off from last week.

Will things get shaken up more next week, or will things stay consistent again? We’ll be back next week for our next entertainment top 10.

Top 10 most watched of the week (sports): Probably football, probably baseball, we don’t really know due to a data malfunction

Your 10 most watched programs of the week on Slingbox, sports edition, would normally appear in this space. Unfortunately, a data malfunction is preventing us from measuring this week’s most watched live sports.

But we can surmise based on past weeks that a lot of people were watching the NFL and college football online via Slingbox. I’d also say it’s fair to assume that a lot of people were watching baseball on their phones, watching baseball on their tablets and watching baseball on their Macs and PCs, given the conclusion of both the ALCS and the NLCS. With the World Series kicking off tonight, we’d expect people watching live MLB baseball to make its way even farther up our list — as long as we have our data back by then, of course.

Thanks for bearing with us and we’ll be back with new top 10s next week!

Top 10 most watched of the week (entertainment): “The Walking Dead” lurches to No. 1

Your 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 Walking Dead
  2. Sons of Anarchy
  3. The Big Bang Theory
  4. The Voice
  5. American Horror Story: Freak Show
  6. Today
  7. Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
  8. Grey’s Anatomy
  9. The Young and the Restless
  10. Criminal Minds

After surprisingly missing out on the top 10 last week, The Walking Dead was back where one would expect it to be, given that it’s the most-watched non-sports show on cable and all: at No. 1 on our list. A ton of people watch the zombie drama on their TVs — to the point where it might soon overtake Monday Night Football as the most watched program on cable, period — so it makes sense that a ton of people would be watching The Walking Dead on their laptops, watching The Walking Dead on tablets, watching The Walking Dead on their phones, etc., via Slingbox.

Other than that, it was a fairly unsurprising week — the rest of the shows we saw have all been on the list in recent weeks. One interesting thing to note is that as the traditional TV season kicks completely into gear, less and less reality shows appear — while you can see plenty of people are still watching The Voice online, it was the only reality series to make it onto the top 10 this week. We’ll be back with our sports top 10 tomorrow.

Top 10 most watched of the week (sports): Baseball, football stay strong

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 live sports:

  1. NFL: Cowboys vs. Seahawks
  2. CFB: Oklahoma vs. Texas
  3. NFL: Colts vs. Texans
  4. NFL: 49ers vs. Rams
  5. CFB: Alabama vs. Arkansas
  6. NFL: Giants vs. Eagles
  7. SportsCenter
  8. MLB: Giants vs. Cardinals
  9. MLB: Royals vs. Orioles
  10. NFL: Packers vs. Dolphins

It was a United States-dominated week when it came to Slingbox users watching sports online. Of course Slingbox allows you to access international sports (or anything else that would be on your cable or satellite subscription), and we’ve seen soccer leagues from Europe and Mexico on the list recently, but it was a nothing-but-baseball-and-football affair in this edition.

The MLB postseason has moved into the Championship Series round, and both series — the NLCS between San Francisco and St. Louis and the ALCS between Baltimore and Kansas City — made our list. As the playoffs bring baseball’s “must-watch” season, it would make sense if more fans are watching MLB internationally on phones, tablets or laptops.

Meanwhile, the legions of Slingbox users who watch football live on their phone, football live on their tablet, or football live on their laptop remains as strong as ever. One interesting note: all of this week’s top three watched sports events involved a team from Texas.

We’ll be back next week with another set of top 10s!

Top 10 most watched of the week (entertainment): American Horror Story gets its “Freak” on

Your 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 Big Bang Theory
  2. Sons of Anarchy
  3. American Horror Story: Freak Show
  4. The Voice
  5. Today
  6. Grey’s Anatomy
  7. NCIS
  8. The Young and the Restless
  9. Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
  10. Modern Family

The most noticeable new entrant on our list this week was FX’s horror anthology American Horror Story, which kicked off its fourth installment, subtitled Freak Show. Enough Sling users watched American Horror Story online for it to vault all the way to No. 3 on the top 10. You could watch American Horror Story live on your tablet, lying in bed, with the lights off, but I wouldn’t necessarily recommend it — better to watch in a safe, well-lighted space!

The biggest upset of this week would have be the fact that The Walking Dead didn’t crack our top 10. The most-watched drama show in basic cable history premiered its fifth season with the most-watched episode ever on standard TV, but it only reached No. 12 on our list. We know that plenty of people watch The Walking Dead live online with Slingbox, but not quite enough to get on the top 10, surprisingly. Perhaps Slingbox’s feature allowing you to watch pre-recorded shows will bump up numbers for the premiere into the next week, since the airing did occur on a Sunday (the last day of our sample). We’ll be back with our sports top 10 tomorrow.

Slingplayer now available for Roku TV!

Roku’s products are an excellent way to get content onto a big-screen TV, and we’ve long touted Slingbox as the perfect companion product to Roku. Putting them together allows you to watch anything you get on your home TV’s cable or satellite package on a big-screen TV anywhere — whether that TV is in another room of your own house, at a college dorm room in another state, or in a hotel halfway around the world.

Up until recently, Roku delivered its experience only via peripheral devices you hooked up to a TV — either in the form of a small set-top box or a tiny stick that plugs into a HDMI port. But now, Roku has released a new product that integrates its features into a TV set automatically — the Roku TV, which are being manufactured by TCL and Hisense. The first model has been getting great reviews — here’s an “excellent” rating from CNET — and we’re pleased to announce that the Slingplayer channel for Roku, which is available for free in the Roku Channel Store, now supports the Roku TV. Like our existing implementation on Roku devices, you’ll need Slingplayer for iPhone, iPad, Android phone or Android tablet to make it all work — a mobile device is required to send your home TV content to the other TV, control the channels, control the DVR, and so forth.

We’re also happy to note that this update to the Slingplayer channel on Roku increases the maximum picture quality on all Roku devices and fixes a few bugs.

Slingbox is the best way to get live TV on a Roku TV and we’re happy to be part of this cool new product. If you want to watch your home TV content on another TV, we hope you’ll give Roku or one of our other connected device options (Chromecast and Apple TV) a try.