If you subscribe to any streaming service, you’ve probably found yourself spending more time looking for something to watch than actually watching. Finding a favorite show is getting a little easier on Sling TV though, thanks to a new interface that’s rolling out today. The company announced in a blog post on their site that a new channel guide interface was coming, and it’s one that most people are probably used to already.
To help navigate the 180 plus domestic channels available in their various packages, Sling is introducing a “grid” guide that looks just like the guide on a DVR or the old “television listings” channel on cable. The feature shows what’s on now and what’s coming up on the user’s available channels, and even allows for filtering by genre. The current guide will remain as well if that’s what you’d like to stick with.
Sling’s new grid guide will begin rolling out to Android users today, with a complete Android rollout expected in the next few days. Support for other devices should be coming in the next few weeks.
In addition to the new channel guide, Sling also introduced several new options like a “Featured Movies and Shows” section that make it easier to discover items in their on demand content library (including new binge worthy shows or classic movies), a “What’s Hot Now” tab that uses an algorithm to bring the most popular live events and shows to the forefront of the guide in a place with easy, one-click access, plus a new “Shows” screen (unveiled in the next few weeks) that makes finding a TV series to watch much easier.
The service has grown immensely since launch, and with Sling TV lowering prices recently, it’s clear they’re gunning for an edge in a streaming television market that’s getting more crowded by the day.