Today, April 9, 2015 is the first day HBO became available on Sling TV. With Game Of Thrones Season 5 coming very soon, this is my #1 priority at the moment. So, here’s what you get from HBO on Sling:
- one live HBO stream, no Pause, no Back/Forward, just a stream like you would get from an antenna broadcast or a cable box without a DVR
- an On-Demand library that is more spartan like Cable systems, you don’t get the full HBO line-up like you would get with HBO Go (I haven’t used HBO Now yet so I can’t compare)
- all forty (40) Game Of Thrones Episodes (Season 1,2,3,4) are available on On-Demand
- On-Demand content has full DVR features, you can Pause, you can jump forward or back a few seconds, or you can gallop forward or backwards with speeds up to 64X (that’s very fast)
- to access On-Demand, you click that tiny little arrow above a channel’s name (see red markings on the screenshot above)
- User Interface is pretty basic
- On Roku 3, the Sling channel has all the On-Demand content on a single horizontal line, so you have to spend a few seconds clicking the right arrow to get to Game Of Thrones. On the Windows Desktop app, the content is more organized, Game Of Thrones is right in front of you
- you can save HBO Movies to your Watchlist but you cannot do so for HBO TV shows
- HBO has its own quick shortcut on the left side of the Sling navigation bar (picture right below)
Signing Up for HBO on Sling TV
I signed up on a Windows computer (you may see different screens if using different devices). You must needs sign up for the Basic $20/month “Best Of Live TV” service before you can add HBO. You cannot just sign up for HBO and nothing else 🙁
I am on the Sling prepaid 3-month plan that got me the Roku 3 (first of its name, not the “new Roku 3” with Voice Search (second of its name)) for half off. So when I went to sign up for HBO, the sign up period for HBO covered the same period as the base plan. In other words, I prepaid for three months of HBO. Since I am doing this for Game Of Thrones, this is fine for me. If you are not signed up for any of the prepaid 3-month offers, you only pay one month at a time.
Because I signed up for Sling a few days before HBO, my prepaid HBO service is slightly less than $45. Presumably this is done so it aligns the three months of my Base Plan with the newly added HBO, so they expire at the same date.
Just a couple of minutes after the payment went through, HBO was live on my Sling account!
I’ve tried the Sling app on a Roku 3, Windows 8.1 and Windows 7 computers, an Android phone, and Android tablet. No problems so far. Sadly there is no web browser version of Sling TV yet, so no luck for Chromebooks or Linux 🙁
Questions Or Things For Me To Test?
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