Chris Morran Gets Hands-On Time With Sling TV ➝

Talk of Dish’s new streaming video service, Sling TV, seemed to be everywhere after it was announced early this week. Headlined by ESPN and ESPN 2, it was positioned as a way for cord cutters to get access to sports content that had previously been impossible to access without a cable subscription.

But frankly, the service doesn’t look like a very good deal. It costs $20 a month and doesn’t seem to offer very much for the price. There’s only nine networks listed on the bottom of Sling’s homepage. Which brings me to the biggest problem I have with the service — it focuses on live content.

I’m not the least bit interested in watching anything live. My work schedule doesn’t typically allow for me to watch anything I’d be interested in while it’s airing and, most importantly, I can’t imagine having to sit through long commercial breaks again.

There is some amount of “on-demand” content, as Chris Morran mentions in his aforelinked piece on Consumerist:

While Sling TV will allow you to pause and rewind live feeds, there is no recording or DVR-like storage. Instead, each of the channels determines which previously aired programs from the past few days can be available on demand.

That doesn’t sound very promising.

I guess if you’re really interested in cutting the cord, but can’t live without ESPN and ESPN 2, this could be the perfect service for you. Although, you’re going to be paying a lot of money for what appears to be a fairly shallow service. But, at least you’ll be able to watch the GoDaddy Bowl at 2AM like cable subscribers can.