Slingbox fans await Super Bowl 50: Top 10 Sports

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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

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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
4. NCIS
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

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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

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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

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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.
  •  Reviewed.com: 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?

Crimson Tide celebrates championship win: Top 10 Sports

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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: Seahawks vs Vikings
2. NFL: Packers vs Redskins
3. National Championship: Alabama vs Clemson
4. NFL: Chief vs Texans
5. NFL: Steelers vs Bengals
6. SportsCenter
7. Futbol Mexicano Primera Divison
8. The OT
9. Futbol Espanol Primera Division
10. Bowl Game Pre/Post Studio Show

This week was the highly anticipated 2016 National Championship game between the No. 2 Alabama Crimson Tide and the No. 1 Clemson Tigers.  After Clemson beat Oklahoma and Alabama shutout Michigan in the semifinals, fans of both teams were excited to see which team would take home the BCS title.

Alabama’s players, Derrick Henry, Kenyan Drake and O.J. Howard all scored 50-plus yard touchdowns against Clemson, with Alabama ultimately claiming the championship title with a final score of 45-40.

With the win, the Alabama Crimson Tide has another National Championship under its belt; this game was Alabama’s fourth national title in seven seasons. Many are crediting Alabama’s coach, Nick Saban, for these accomplishments and their most recent win.  As long as Saban stays in Alabama, many believe the team will continue to dominate the college football world.

Be sure to use your Slingbox this weekend to catch postseason action in the NFL. We’ll be back next week with more top ten lists.

 

 

The 73rd Golden Globes win with Slingbox users: Top 10 Entertainment

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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 Big Bang Theory
2. The 73rd Annual Golden Globes
3. Today
4. The Simpsons
5. Game of Thrones
6. Shameless
7. Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
8. The Bachelor
9. Keeping Up With the Kardashians
10. Gold Rush

This week, the 73rd annual Golden Globes took place in Beverly Hills, California at the Beverly Hilton Hotel. This award show honors the best in both film and television, making it unique among other annual award shows.

The 2016 Golden Globes were hosted by Ricky Gervais, who has been the host of the show three times prior. Gervais began the evening with countless (and some would say tasteless) jokes aimed at celebrities such Caitlyn Jenner and Sean Penn.

The film that took home a majority of the awards was “The Revenant.” The movie’s wins included Best Motion Picture: Drama, Best Director and Best Actor. Other winners included “The Martian,” which won Best Motion Picture: Musical or Comedy, Sylvester Stallone for Best Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture: Drama for his performance in “Creed” and Jennifer Lawrence for Best Supporting Actress: Musical or Comedy.

The 88th Academy Awards are just around the corner, so be sure to use your Slingbox to tune in on February 28!

We’ll be back Friday with sports.