It has come to our attention that there is some confusion between Slingbox and Sling TV; in fact, we’ve heard some consumers aren’t aware that they are actually two different companies! This is completely understandable as Sling Media, Inc. products have been around since 2004 – however, Sling TV is not a service that falls within our family.
In an effort to clear things up, we wanted to share a quick rundown of the differences between the two. While both are great options, Slingbox and Sling TV have very different features and are intended for two different types of viewing preferences.
Let’s talk Slingbox first. Founded in 2004, the original Slingbox was created to help TV enthusiasts watch their at-home cable or satellite live TV content while traveling or on-the-go. By connecting a Slingbox to your cable or satellite box, users can watch and control 100 percent of their live or recorded content that they already pay for, anywhere in the world, on any internet-connected device. You can even “sling” your content to a second TV by using a streamer like Roku or Fire TV! Since getting started, we have developed a number of products including the Slingbox 350, Slingbox 500, Slingbox M1 and the newest member of our lineup, the Slingbox M2.
Slingbox is a great option for TV lovers who already pay for a cable or satellite subscription but have a need to watch and access their live and recorded TV content on-the-go, without any restrictions.
Sling TV on the other hand is an over-the-top internet television platform that provides members with a selection of major cable channels that can be streamed through mobile devices, computers and smart TVs. Revealed in January 2015, Sling TV is a great compliment to subscription-based video services such as Netflix or Hulu and does not require a cable or satellite subscription – in fact, it was created as an alternative to them. With over 65 channels available, you can watch all the best of live TV for only $20 a month and don’t have to worry about putting your money towards channels you don’t want or need.
Sling TV is a great choice for cord cutters who don’t require the full offerings of cable but instead are looking for an affordable, no hassle option to view a selection of the top TV content.
While different companies, both Slingbox and Sling TV are dedicated to making our consumers happy and if you have questions about your services, make sure you are directing them to the right place. For Slingbox inquiries, please visit http://support.slingbox.com/Contact and for Sling TV, go to http://help.sling.com/.
As we mentioned – two great options, two very different products. Which one fits your TV viewing needs?