Sling TV Plans New Interface And Guide That Predicts What Users Want

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Dish Network had CES buzzing last year when it used the consumer electronics confab to unveil Sling TV, its $20-a-month streaming service. But that won’t happen again this year.

In its Press Day presentation, Sling CEO Roger Lynch said the service won’t hike the price this year. He also said that later this quarter it will roll out a new interface, called MyTV, that will predict what a user might want to watch based on viewing habits.

He vowed, though, that Sling will serve up “more features, more channels, [on] more devices,” adding that “there’s much, much more we plan to do.”

The company hasn’t said how many people subscribe to Sling and offered little additional data today.

Lynch noted, though, that the majority of his customers watch shows on mobile devices. “TV for the new generation needs to be mobile so it looks more like Spotify and less like Comcast,” he says.

In addition to talking about Sling, Dish introduced a more powerful version of its Hopper DVR.

It has 16 tuners — meaning it can record 16 shows simultaneously — and stores 500 hours of HD programming. It’s also capable of serving seven TVs simultaneously.

The unit can handle 4K video. Dish says it has agreements to transmit compatible programming from Sony and Netflix.

If users want, they can watch four different channels live and simultaneously in HD.

Dish was the first pay TV provider to integrate Netflix without requiring Hopper users to change inputs. Now people also will find its shows in the search menu. The company also has a new agreement to integrate YouTube.

Using Sling technology, the Hopper can stream recorded shows to as many as five devices simultaneously.

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