Top 10 most watched of the week (entertainment): Scandal scandalizes the list

Your 10 most watched programs of the week on Sling, 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. The Voice
  3. Sons of Anarchy
  4. Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
  5. NCIS
  6. Today
  7. Grey’s Anatomy
  8. Scandal
  9. Dancing With the Stars
  10. Modern Family

The biggest change to our list from last week are the appearance of two Shonda Rhimes-produced shows: Scandal and Grey’s Anatomy, both of which had their season premieres in the past week. Scandal, the drama about a D.C. crisis manager, is hitting its stride at the moment, debuting its fourth season in a prime new timeslot and with its biggest ratings ever. The venerable Grey’s Anatomy, meanwhile, is entering its 11th season (still with an impressive five original main castmembers). I’d say its edging out of Scandal on this list, indicating that slightly more people wanted to watch Grey’s Anatomy online than wanted to watch Scandal online, qualifies as a minor upset.

Any thoughts on this week’s top 10? Watch any live or pre-recorded programs via Sling this week that you found particularly interesting? Let us know in the comments. We’ll be back with our sports top 10 tomorrow.

Slingbox M1 and SlingTV: Now available in Canada!

slingboxes with mapleToday we’re announcing that the Slingbox M1 and the SlingTV are available for purchase in Canada! You can now get our most powerful products at retail stores across the country including Best Buy, Future Shop and London Drugs.

If you aren’t familiar with what we offer, here’s a quick rundown: The M1 is the most affordable Slingbox we’ve ever made, with an MSRP of CAD$179.99. When you hook it up to your home set-top box, it gives you access to your home TV (either live or recorded programming), anywhere on Earth with an Internet connection. You can watch via Slingplayer for Desktop (Windows or Mac), our Slingplayer apps on iOS and Android, or on another TV via Chromecast, Roku or Apple TV.

SlingTV, which has an MSRP of CAD$329.99, gives you the same TV anywhere functionality, and adds a bevy of “smarter TV” features for your home TV as well. SlingTV, which is powered by our Slingbox 500 hardware, was rolled out in the U.S. a few weeks ago and was discussed in more detail in this blog post.

For more information, check out our Canadian homepage here!

 

Top 10 most watched of the week (sports): UEFA Champions League makes appearance

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

  1. NFL: Broncos vs. Seahawks
  2. NFL: Buccaneers vs. Falcons
  3. CFB: Clemson vs. Florida State
  4. SportsCenter
  5. NFL: Steelers vs. Panthers
  6. CFB: Auburn vs. Kansas State
  7. UEFA Champions League
  8. Liga MX
  9. NFL: Cowboys vs. Rams
  10. NFL: 49ers vs. Cardinals

The NFL continues to be a ratings behemoth. Every week we see tons of Sling users who watch the NFL live on their phone, the NFL live on their tablet, or the NFL live online through our web-based or desktop players.  No game was more popular this week than the Super Bowl rematch, in which Seattle withstood a furious fourth quarter Denver comeback to win in overtime.

Non-American football has been steadily holding spots as well though, as users continue to use Sling to watch live soccer as well. This is the second week in a row we’ve seen Liga MX, and with 16 matches during the first week of UEFA Champions League group stage action, Sling watchers saw Schalke 04 surprisingly draw Chelsea 1-1, Porto crush BATE Borisov 6-0, Barcelona squeak by APOEL Nicosia 1-0, and more.

 

Top 10 most watched of the week (entertainment): The Roosevelts charge up Top 10 Hill

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

  1. Big Brother
  2. Sons of Anarchy
  3. El Señor de los Cielos
  4. The Big Bang Theory
  5. Today
  6. America’s Got Talent
  7. Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
  8. Dancing with the Stars
  9. The Roosevelts: An Intimate History
  10. The Young and the Restless

Not many surprises this week — Still plenty of watching reality shows online, a smattering of watching scripted shows online and, of course, El Señor de los Cielos. Many American Sling watchers use Sling to watch shows abroad — this one flips the script a little in being a show made by an American network (Telemundo) that takes place abroad (Mexico, during the heyday of drug lord Amado Carillo Fuentes).

One interesting new entry was Ken Burns’ documentary series about Theodore, Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt. The PBS miniseries aired every night of the week, helping it gain a spot on our top 10. Each episode is a solid two-hour block (with no commercials — thanks, Viewers Like You!). So it would be understandable if a lot of Sling users are watching it by utilizing Sling’s function to let you watch pre-recorded programs.

Have you been watching The Roosevelts, El Señor de los Cielos or anything else on the list? Let us know what you’ve been watching in the comments. We’ll be back with our sports top 10 tomorrow.

Chromecast for Sling has arrived!

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Every day, we hear your suggestions about how to make Sling better. Over the past few months, we’ve heard about one thing more than any other via your social media messages, emails and calls: Chromecast. We’re ecstatic to announce that Chromecast support has arrived for Slingbox M1, 350 and SlingTV/500 customers using the Slingplayer app on iPhone, iPad, and Android phones. Support for Android tablets will be rolled out soon.

If you’re not familiar with Chromecast, here’s a quick rundown: It’s a dongle (don’t you love that word?) made by Google that you plug into a TV’s HDMI port. It lets you “cast” content onto the big screen wirelessly from apps running on your mobile device. When paired with the Slingplayer app, you’ll be able to watch any of your cable or satellite programming (live or recorded) on any TV that’s been set up with Chromecast. Remember, both the Chromecast device and Slingplayer-equipped mobile device must be on the same network. And when they are, you’ll be able to control your TV with a soft remote interface that shows up on your phone or tablet:

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Chromecast, like the other popular Sling-supported video streamers including Roku players and Apple TV, is compact (less than three inches long) and inexpensive ($35). We feel this will present a simple but powerful solution for our Sling customers who want to watch on multiple home TVs without setting up more than one set-top box, or would like to use Sling to watch their home content on a TV in a hotel, vacation home, office or anywhere else.

For those who have been asking for Chromecast support for a while, thank you for your patience, and for everyone else, we hope you’ll give it a try. As always, we’ll continue to make Sling the best TV anywhere experience possible.

Top 10 most watched of the week: Sons of Anarchy zooms to the top

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

  1. Sons of Anarchy
  2. Big Brother
  3. Today
  4. El Señor de los Cielos
  5. The Big Bang Theory
  6. America’s Got Talent
  7. Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
  8. Mickey Mouse Clubhouse
  9. The Young and the Restless
  10. SpongeBob SquarePants

Sons of Anarchy premiered its seventh and final season with a bang — FX’s epic motorcycle club saga delivered the most watched show in the 20-year history of the network, and the show’s huge popularity was clearly reflected in our list of people watching live on laptops, tablets and phones. Daytime TV made itself heard as The Young and the Restless jumped back into the top 10, while SpongeBob held on to the No. 10 spot for the second week in a row. The Nickelodeon stalwart has been on the air since 1999 and doesn’t appear to be slowing down any time soon.

As for sports, in case you forgot, the NFL season is indeed going on:

  1. NFL: Bears vs. 49ers
  2. NFL: Steelers vs. Ravens
  3. CFB: Arkansas vs. Texas Tech
  4. SportsCenter
  5. NFL: Patriots vs. Vikings
  6. NFL: Chiefs vs. Broncos
  7. CFB: Purdue vs. Notre Dame
  8. NFL: Cowboys vs. Titans
  9. La Liga (Spain) soccer
  10. Liga MX (Mexico) soccer

The most watched sports event of the week saw the 49ers fail to christen their new Silicon Valley stadium with a win on Sunday night. Other than SportsCenter, you have to jump to No. 9 to find sports people watched live on Sling other than (American) football — soccer from the top leagues in Spain and Mexico.

Jimmy Fallon welcomes Barbra Streisand, suggests using Slingbox to watch

Best-selling female recording artist in American history, EGOT, and generally extremely successful person Barbra Streisand made her first appearance on a late-night talk show in over 50 years last night. The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon was the fortunate venue for Streisand’s glorious return to the late-night stage, and we were delighted to see Fallon suggest using your Slingbox to watch the big event (during his Friday show):

When Monday rolled around, the eight-time Grammy winner gamely shared a medley of duets with the host:

After which Streisand told Fallon he “shouldn’t quit his night job” if he had aspirations of becoming a singer like her:

You can watch the entire episode here.