The $20 a month service, the first from a distributor, will be available through Internet-connected devices such as Amazon Fire TV, Roku and Google Nexus Player for TVs, tablets, computers and smartphones. It will include television programming and sports events from Walt Disney’s ABC, ESPN and Maker Studios, Time Warner’s TNT, CNN, TBS, Cartoon Network and Adult Swim, and Food Network, HGTV and Travel Channel. Dish said it will announce a launch date and additional media partners soon.
This is pretty big news. Getting all those channels for just $20 a month over the internet is where TV needs to be going anyway. This would complement a Tablo quite well.
I agree, however I saw an article just now which states that it has a 1 stream at a time limit… and content isn’t “live” its available 1 - 3 days after it airs and sometimes not at all. 1 stream limit, are you kidding me? thats useless for familes of, oh i dunno 2
I would doubt there would be a DVR option, but I would think it would work like WatchESPN and CartoonNetwork.com works now. You can watch shows live, but you can also watch replays for a period of time (usually anytime in that current season).
I’d be interested if they are truly live feeds. I’m not interested in paying for even more on-demand content, however. Feed quality will also be an important factor for me. On the plus side, it should be an easy thing to use on a trial basis since there is no equipment requirement.
While you’re making casual conversation with the Dish team…maybe you should mention how great it would be to somehow integrate the OTA channels via Tablo and the live “cable” channels via Sling-TV into the same Grid-style guide. You know…just a little small-talk.
Adaptive streaming should be easy for them, think of it, they do not have to have one antenna or encoder per person, they can just encode the same stream at lets say 5 different bitrates simultaneously and then distribute those 5 streams via content delivery systems to 100,000’s of people.