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Sling TV is the best live TV service for budget cordcutters

first_img No No No 2:44 What makes Sling TV tricky is that there are essentially two main plans for the same $25 price: Sling Orange and Sling Blue. They share many of the same channels (like CNN, History and TNT) but other channels are exclusive to one or the other. Sling TV Blue is essentially the Fox and NBC option, while Sling Orange is the ESPN/Disney package.  Sling is also the only live TV service to offer a bunch of add-on channel packages. You can pay $5 or $10 monthly for packages like Sports Extra, Comedy Extra, Hollywood Extra, The Best of Spanish TV and more. The channels in each vary depending on whether you have Blue or Orange, and some channels (like Animal Planet and Fox News) are missing completely, but between its Extras and multiple base packages, Sling offers more ways to customize your channel lineup than any of its competitors. Check the chart at end of this article for all of the Top 100 channels Sling offers. It’s a condensed version of complete list of Top 100 channels offered by every service. 06-sling-tv-screenshotsThe Sling TV guide Sarah Tew/CNET Of the two $25 tiers, I like Sling Blue best. It has more channels than Orange and allows up three people to watch different streams at once. Sling Orange only allows one stream at a time. To add to the complexity, you can combine the two Blue and Orange services for $40 a month, but if you’re paying that much YouTube TV is a better option — easier to use, more channels and with a more generous DVR. Sling stays inexpensive by eschewing most local channels. The Blue package has Fox and/or NBC in a handful of major cities but doesn’t include any ABC or CBS stations. The Orange package offers no local channels, period. As any cord-cutter knows, local channels are also available via over-the-air antenna. The cheapest, clunkiest way to watch locals as a Sling subscriber is to just connect an HD antenna to the back of your television. The next method, and Sling TV’s preferred solution, is for you to buy the $120 AirTV OTA streamer. The AirTV connects to an antenna and your network and streams the missing local channels via the Sling TV interface, integrating them right into Sling’s program guide and other areas. Other OTA DVRs are available too, although no others feed into Sling’s interface. img-4107The $120 AirTV feeds local channels into Sling TV’s program guide. Dan Ackerman/CNET What’s it like? As far as the Sling TV experience is concerned, it’s pretty good. The menus are clean and uncluttered, particularly on the Apple TV version. There you get a choice of My TV, On Now Guide or Sports, However there are still things it could do better, for example the Sling logo takes up half of the Apple TV screen, and while it’s a placeholder for show information I’d prefer to see more shows at all times. If the screen could slide up when you select a show and down when not needed that would be better. The Roku interface offers more information at once including further menu options On Demand and Rent. 04-sling-tv-screenshots Sarah Tew/CNET Navigation is zippy, and it was easy to find the content I wanted to watch — and record, with the $5 DVR option, of course. With the multiple discovery screens, including the main My TV screen, there were plenty of options even when I didn’t know what I wanted. My only main issue with the service was with the DVR. First off, you can’t record anything at all on the ESPN and Disney channels. It’s not always clear which channels you can’t DVR, and sometimes when time-shifting a live program you’ll come across unskippable, undefeatable ads. You just have to wait them out. On some recordings I had a better experience — for instance I was able to fast-forward on recordings of Discovery without issue. Should you subscribe? While you can save some money with AT&T Watch TV ($15) or Philo ($20), it’s worth spending more on Sling TV, especially the Blue package. The experience is better overall, zippier, and it offers more channels. It’s not perfect, but it’s a decent cable replacement, and it should save you a chunk of change in the long term. Just be sure to have a local channel contingency in place before you start.  The chart below compares channels on Sling to its two budget rivals. “Yes” means the channel is available on the cheapest pricing tier, “No” means the channel isn’t available at all on that service and “$” means the channel is available for an extra fee, either a la carte or as part of a more expensive package or add-on. Products and services are independently chosen by our editors. CNET may get a share of the revenue if you buy anything featured on our site.See it at Sling Yes No No $ Sling Orange ($25) No No $ $ No No No $ Yes Yes $ No $ No Nicktoons No Yes No No • Best laptops for college students: We’ve got an affordable laptop for every student. Best live TV streaming services: Ditch your cable company but keep the live channels and DVR. No No Newsy Golf Channel CBS Sports Network $ Yes* No Yes No No No Sling Blue ($25) No Fox Sports 1 $ No Yes No No No No Yes $ $ $179 No No Yes Comments No Yes Yes Yes No BBC America $ IFC $ No No Yes No $ No Disney Junior Yes Cinemax NBC Sports Network No Share your voice Yes No No Yes $ No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Apple TV 4K Cord Cutters (OTT) Yes No Yes Now playing: Watch this: MLB Network Destination America No Yes Budget live TV services compared No Lifetime No ESPNews AT&T Watch TV ($15) Cheddar Yes Yes No Yes Yes A&E No ABC Yes No No $ $ $ CNBC Crutchfield No Yes Yes No FX Movie Channel Aug 31 • Verizon vs AT&T vs T-Mobile vs Sprint: Choose the best 5G carrier No See It PBS No DIY No Yes Cooking Channel $179 $ $ $ Yes No Yes See All No No Yes 39 Yes No Channel No Review • Apple TV 4K review: The best TV streamer keeps getting better Yes Yes No No No $ $ Yes* No No No Yes Oxygen No Yes $ 18 Motor Trend $ No Yes No Yes Yes No Philo ($20) No Bravo No Yes Yes Yes TLC No No No No Yes Yes No No No No No Yes MSNBC No $179 Yes Yes BET Starz No FX No FXX CNET may get a commission from retail offers. No No TruTV Yes No No $ No No No Freeform TCM TNT Yes Yes No $ SEC Network No TVs Media Streamers Disney Channel 24 Yes No Fox Sports 2 No No No No Yes No $ $ Yes $ No Yes No $ Sarah Tew/CNET The wild world of live TV streaming services, which are designed to replace cable TV by letting you stream live channels over the Internet, is in a constant state of flux. The big names are all increasing the prices of their plans, removing or adding large chunks of programming, or in AT&T’s case, creating three different versions of its live TV streaming service. Amid all of the turmoil there’s one service that sticks out as a potential oasis for the budget-conscious cord-cutter: Sling TV. Sling TV may be the oldest such service, but with some savvy updates and a low price, it is still the best if you want to save money. It may not have the most flashy interface — especially on the desktop or Roku — but the service is dependable and offers a lot of channels and myriad choices for your $25. The downside is that Sling TV’s worst enemy is itself. It’s complicated to pick a plan and there are a couple of hidden costs and gotchas in there as well — like the $5 charge for the DVR. And if you want a full slate of local channels (ABC, CBS, Fox and NBC) you’ll have to augment Sling TV with an over-the-air antenna or choose a more-expensive alternative like YouTube TV (Note that CNET is a division of CBS).  Despite some of its shortfalls and numerous competitors, Sling TV remains the most powerful budget service and is the best value service overall. Sling TV earns the CNET Editors’ Choice for the best budget live TV streaming service. What is it?05-sling-tv-screenshots Sarah Tew/CNET While we cover what kind of services Sling TV offers in depth here, in short it’s a selection of channels, streamed over the internet, for a monthly fee. Sling streams to TVs via media streamers, smart TV systems (LG and Samsung) and game consoles (Xbox One), as well as to phones, tablets and computers — no cable box required.  Sling TV was the first of its kind, having debuted in 2016, but it now has a bunch of competitors at different price points, including Hulu with Live TV, YouTube TV, PlayStation Vue, DirecTV Now, AT&T Watch TV, Philo and Fubo TV. For ease of categorization, I’ve separated them into budget (under $40) and premium (over $40) services. Sling TV is therefore a budget service, alongside AT&T Watch TV ($15) and Philo ($20).  No No No No $ Hallmark $ Paramount Network Yes Nick Jr. $ Yes Travel Channel Yes No TV Land Yes Yes No No No Yes reading • Sling TV review: The best budget live TV streaming service Yes No HLN Yes No $ Yes Yes $ Yes Sundance TV Apple Investigation Discovery Yes Aug 31 • Your phone screen is gross. Here’s how to clean it Yes $ No Yes $ Telemundo Fox Lifetime Movie Network Yes No $ See It Yes Yes No No $ Yes CW Yes No Yes $ No No *Fox and NBC available in select cities only on Sling Blue. Big Ten Network Yes $ USA Network Yes No MTV2 Yes No Yes No No $ No EPIX FYI Nat Geo Wild Best Buy No Yes No Comedy Central TBS No $ Disney XD No No No No No 39 No VH1 No Yes No No Yes No NBC No No No Yes $ No No NHL Network No $ Nickelodeon No $ $ $ No Yes Yes Smithsonian Yes Fox Business No Yes Weather Channel No OWN $ Yes Yes No National Geographic $ No No No Boomerang Yes No No $ $ No Yes $ Yes Aug 31 • iPhone 11, Apple Watch 5 and more: The final rumors No No Yes No Showtime No Live TV streaming services for cord cutters: How to choose… Yes $ Yes No Yes Apple Yes Yes Yes No ESPNU E! History Univision CMT Viceland No Syfy No No CBS Yes Tastemade No WE tv Yes No No No Tags No Yes Yes No $ $ No BBC World News Bloomberg TV No Science Yes Tennis Channel Yes No Yes No Total channels: No No No No Animal Planet Yes Yes No $ $ No Yes No $ No Yes No $ Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes $ Yes MTV Yes $ No No No ESPN Yes Discovery Channel See it Cartoon Network Yes $ No See It Yes Yes MyNetworkTV Preview • Apple TV 4K: New $179 Apple streamer adds HDR, better gaming $ Yes No No Yes No Yes No $ Yes Mentioned Above Apple TV 4K (32GB) Yes 37 No No No No Apple NFL Red Zone CNN $ No No Yes HBO Food Network NFL Network Fox News Yes Aug 31 • iPhone XR vs. iPhone 8 Plus: Which iPhone should you buy? Yes Yes NBA TV No AMC Yes No HGTV Yes $169 No ESPN 2last_img read more


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Priyanka Chopra and Nick Jonas are heading for divorce Social media buzz

first_imgPriyanka Chopra, Nick JonasInstagramPriyanka Chopra and Nick Jonas are not having a good time with each other and that the couple is already headed for a divorce after just 117 days of married life, said a magazine report.It was reported in Ok!, the tabloid magazine, that quoted a source, who has made this revealing comments about the couple’s relationship. Apparently, both of them are falling out of love, now that they are starting to know each other. “They’ve been fighting about everything – work, partying, spending time together. The bottom line is that Nick and Priyanka rushed into things… and now they’re paying the price. Their marriage is hanging by a thread,” the source added.The anonymous insider has further contended that Jonas believed the actress was “cool and easy going” when they got married, “but recently Nick’s seen a controlling side to her. She also has a temper – that’s something Nick wasn’t aware of until after the wedding celebrations.” Sophie TurnerPriyanka Chopra Official Instagram (priyankachopra)Even, the Jonas family wants the relationship to end as soon as possible, as has been claimed by the tipster. The family thought that Chopra was “this mature woman who was ready to settle down and have kids,” but they now feel she’s a party girl who “acts like she’s 21.””There are whispers that Nick and Priyanka got married so quickly they didn’t take the time to draw up a prenup. No one would put it past her to make things difficult for Nick should they divorce,” the anonymous source further added.The recent allegations come amid the couple have been spotted together partying in Miami, with Got star, Sophie Turner and her fiancé Joe Jonas. Even their social media accounts are all glossy and happy and the chances of that being a huge cover-up to hide the real issues that are bothering the couple may just be that they’re trying to avoid an ugly public spat, said the report.If the claims are found out to be true, then this may just become the biggest cover-up by any celebrity couple.last_img read more


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5 Ways to Control Your Email Inbox

first_img Enroll Now for Free As charges continue to swirl around hedge fund SAC Capital, Steve Cohen has put forward a novel defense: He couldn’t possibly have acted on a trading tip emailed to him because he is so swamped with emails, he ignores most of them. In fact, Cohen alleges he reads just 11 percent of the 1,000 emails he gets a day.That may help Cohen, but for other business leaders that kind of inattention could be deadly. Here’s some advice on how to get a grip before your inbox gets the best of you.Those emails sitting in your inbox — all 522 of them? Each is a decision you need to make, says Alex Moore, CEO of Baydin, a San Francisco-based email productivity software company.”The quicker you handle them, the more effective you can be,” says Moore. “Email reflects how much we have to do and an inbox with hundreds of emails is counter-productive. Too many people use their inbox as a revolving to-do list, but that’s not a good way to keep track of things. Instead, each email should be considered as a decision to be made. It should be handled, deleted or archived.”Related: 4 Easy Tools for Cleaning Up Your InboxIn January, Baydin launched ReviveYourInbox.com, a free three-week program that offers skills and methods to help tame overwhelming email inboxes. To date, about 20,000 people have gone through the program.”The people who finish often tell us it changed their life,” says Moore. He shares the first five techniques small-business owners can use to reduce the amount of email they receive and better handle the emails that matter:1. Disable notifications.The first step to taking control of your inbox is to disable the notifications that interrupt and distract your day. Checking your email might seem harmless, but Moore says a case study by Loughborough University found that it takes an average of 64 seconds to fully recover from being interrupted by an email.Unless your job demands replies within minutes, Moore says you should check your inbox two to three times a day, preferably for fixed amounts of time.2. Unsubscribe from junk emails. It may seem easy to delete junk email as it comes in, but according to Moore, deleting a newsletter every day for the next year will consume over 30 minutes. And when important emails are mixed in with unimportant ones, it’s easy to lose track of the ones that require action.3. Learn how to search email.Important message seem to hide from you when you go looking for them. Instead of using folders, Moore suggests learning about the search terms offered by many email providers. His program offers a list of basic search keywords, including “has:attachment” which will search for messages that have files attached to them; “before:” which brings up messages sent before a date; and “filename:” which will take you to emails with attachments.Related: How to Cut Your Inbox by 60 Percent4. Adopt an archive mentality.To best manage your inbox, archive messages you no longer have an immediate need for to another folder. Under this system, only two types of messages stay in your inbox: messages that you haven’t read yet and a small number of messages that need prompt attention. Everything else moves to a single archive folder. When needed, emails can be easily located using search terms.5. Clean out older messages.After you have a system in place to effectively handle new emails, it’s time to clean up the emails that were in your inbox before you started. Anything more than 30 days old can be archived without reviewing. If you discover you need it, you can search the archive folder. Handle the remaining email a little at a time over the next few days. Go through each one, and respond, archive or delete. If you have hundreds of emails, divide them into batches.”Email should be a tool that supports your business,” says Moore, “not one that detracts from it.”Related: How to Turn Your Email Into a Producivity ToolThis is an update of a piece originally published on April 3, 2013. See the original article here. This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Nowcenter_img 4 min read July 24, 2013last_img read more