Everything You Need to Know About Sling TV

Sling TV is a no-contract service that delivers live TV for as little as $20 a month. It's a great option for many cord cutters, but is it right for you? Here's everything you need to know about Sling TV.

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Paradigm Talent Agency

Since its founding in 1992, Paradigm has established itself as a leading entertainment talent agency, guiding the careers of an elite roster of actors, musical artists, directors, writers and producers. Led by chairman Sam Gores, the agency has carved out a distinctive niche in the entertainment landscape and earned a reputation for putting artists'​ interests above all else.Paradigm's select yet diverse client list allows it to effectively compete with other large agencies while guaranteeing personalized attention to every client. With offices in Los Angeles, New York City, Monterey, California and Nashville, Tennessee, Paradigm provides representation to clients across its motion picture, television, music, comedy and personal appearances, theater, books, new media, commercial and physical production departments.

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Watch out Warzone and Fortnite: Ubisoft is coming after free-to-play

Article | July 11, 2022

Ubisoft announced last week that it is adding specific focus on free-to-play, alongside its AAA catalogue. In doing so, it is following a route that has been very successful for Activision with its Warzone strategy. Free-to-play games which draw audiences via big franchise names and monetise via in-game spending are going to be increasingly common among AAA publishers. The focus on in-game spending and particularly on the cosmetic, rather than the progress-related, parts will be the key revenue component. As games become less finite and more perpetual (consumer goal is less about ‘finishing them’ and more and ‘playing/spending time in them’), the opportunity to monetise needs that stem from this perpetual engagement (e.g. socialising or expression) starts to outweigh the mere monetisation of access to a packaged product. Simultaneously, free-to-play games also act as a powerful marketing driver for AAA releases as they come out, as well as streamability and word of mouth for the franchise.

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Virtualization

Metaverse: Transforming B2B Businesses with Technology

Article | June 21, 2021

In the 3D interactive space of metaverse, nothing is impossible. People from various corners of the world can create, share, and explore virtual worlds in this space. They can also interact, trade, and do business. What does metaverse offer B2B businesses, though? Let us take a look. From Virtual Storefronts to Digital Employees While metaverse is still in the early stages of development, businesses can have their own virtual storefronts, digital employees, and virtual currency in a virtual reality. Business exclusive metaverse platforms like Sansar, Somnium Space, and Decentraland offer companies an option to establish their virtual presence. How is Metaverse Transforming B2B Businesses? Metaverse presents businesses with the unique opportunity to build client relationships face-to-face. Branded experiences like product announcements, product showrooms, company updates, educational sessions, conferences, and networking events can be done in metaverse. Let us explore other ways in which metaverse can enrich B2B businesses: Richer Customer Experience Immersive buyer experiences influence prospects to make purchase decisions faster. B2B sellers in metaverse can create such experiences through interactions that surpass traditional sales approaches and focus on visually attractive sales presentations to convert prospects. Effective Marketing and Advertising New marketing and advertising opportunities in metaverse are developing with every passing day. Over time, companies may be able to sponsor events or create targets ads to attract a certain demographic. The companies that establish themselves in the metaverse might have a bigger advantage in this regard compared to the companies that venture into it later. Higher ROI and Sales Increasing sales and ROI are crucial for every business. Reaching new markets and tapping into new revenue sources is easier with metaverse. It will allow salespeople to host multiple meetings with buyers living in different parts of the world without having to leave their actual office, saving multiple costs while conveniently still creating client relationships that last. Improved Workforce Efficiency Metaverse-based training simulations help employees upgrade their skills. Additionally, customer service associates can create avatars to provide business customers assistance in real-time. Metaverse encourages employees to communicate better and allows remote employees to virtually connect for projects, meetings, and feedback. Last Word B2B businesses can capitalize on the convenience of metaverse and harness this latest technology to offer their customers visually immersive experiences.

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Technologies, Business

Branded Entertainment in B2B: Why is it Important?

Article | July 20, 2022

Global B2B companies churn out content pieces such as infographics, case studies, assessments, and other forms of thought leadership content to create brand awareness. But is this content enough to engage the customers and the market? Not really. Marketers like you need to look into branded entertainment to get more customer engagement and brand loyalty. What is Branded Entertainment? Adweek loosely describes “branded entertainment” as any content that starts a positive conversation around a product, service, or set of values. This content builds a story around your product or services, showing it in a positive light and getting the audience to engage in your content as much as a film or a TV show. As opposed to other marketing endeavors, branded entertainment doesn’t focus on your products and their features but on entertaining the audience. Incorporating Branded Entertainment into Your Marketing Strategy Here are some ways to get it done without much hassle: Web Series Original programming, such as web series published on the brand’s social media channels, can help you raise awareness through stories that share your brand’s values instead of directly marketing your product or services. PR Stunts Create social media brand content that is entertaining and exciting enough for the audience to make it viral. Such PR brings positive media attention to your brand and creates mass awareness for your brand or product. Videos Volvo's entertaining video of Van Damme's split stunt on YouTube has 114.5 million views. The video didn't need a call-to-action because it wasn’t to convert leads. Instead, it was meant to showcase a piece of business-use truck technology and get engagement. Podcasting GE used podcasting for advertising twice, once with its show ‘The Message’ and again with its new series ‘LifeAfter.’ Neither show discusses GE's products. Instead, they were "GE-presented" and were received well. Summing It Up People are less likely to comment on or share brand posts directly, but they are more likely to tweet or share them on their Instagram stories. This way you can measure the impact of branded entertainment. B2B marketers should consider branded entertainment as a way to build trust and start conversations between their brands and their audience to get a long-term ROI.

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Technologies

Live Sports TV Executive Predictions: Cloud-Based Production Is the Future

Article | February 14, 2022

As we all start to come out of the pandemic and its effects, we see distributed workflows being the normal standard of operations more and more. Distributed workflows go hand in hand with cloud production where we are not dependent on a physical rack room of gear. Due to the chip shortages, we are definitely seeing in the audio industry an acceleration in software designed solutions. More and more solutions are going to depend on common computing infrastructure in order to handle the ever increasing demand of products that just simply cannot be manufactured. This change is only going to strengthen the move to the cloud and the distributed workflow in audio and video production. Working with cloud-based production brings so much more flexibility to the table. Flexibility in design, flexibility in costs, and flexibility in staffing. With the distributed workflow model, we simplify so many of our logistics for an event. We will see more opportunities where we can use our best talent for the position multiple times a week instead of wasting a day or two traveling to a site. The bigger part of all of this change is the higher quality of life our employees can enjoy. We made this change to a distributed workflow almost 5 years ago and it has resulted in happier employees along with more productivity. The pandemic accelerated the process to the masses. Cloud workflows along with distributed workers where possible are here to stay.

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Paradigm Talent Agency

Since its founding in 1992, Paradigm has established itself as a leading entertainment talent agency, guiding the careers of an elite roster of actors, musical artists, directors, writers and producers. Led by chairman Sam Gores, the agency has carved out a distinctive niche in the entertainment landscape and earned a reputation for putting artists'​ interests above all else.Paradigm's select yet diverse client list allows it to effectively compete with other large agencies while guaranteeing personalized attention to every client. With offices in Los Angeles, New York City, Monterey, California and Nashville, Tennessee, Paradigm provides representation to clients across its motion picture, television, music, comedy and personal appearances, theater, books, new media, commercial and physical production departments.

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Sling TV adds free streaming option for Roku device owners

Slashgear | January 14, 2019

Livestreaming TV service Sling TV has launched a free viewing experience for Roku users, enabling them to browse the service as a guest and watch content without paying. The free access is offered to new Sling TV customers who can access the content without creating an account or signing in. In addition to watching content, guests will be able to buy pay-per-view events without subscribing.The new guest access differs from a typical free trial — users don’t need to create an account, sign in, or offer payment information. Instead, Roku users can click a new “Browse as Guest” option, skipping the free trial to get directly into the streaming content. Users can watch the on-demand shows and stream channels.According to Sling TV, it gives these guests access to free episodes of TV shows — it’s unclear how many episodes are free, however. Guests can also subscribe (read: pay for) specific channels they may be interested in, such as Showtime, without signing up for the base Sling TV subscription. This is in line with the service’s “a la carte” entertainment experience.The new Roku guest experience aside, Sling TV is also making it easier to determine which subscriptions are best for customers based on what they are interested in. Users can browse available content and choose what they want to watch. Based on those selections, Sling will suggest the best subscription options to meet those preferences. This new experience will be launching first on Roku, but will expand to other devices soon.

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Sling TV, ESPN And Fox Now Arrive On Oculus Go For US Customers

VRFocus | December 18, 2018

The Oculus Go standalone headset is a great bit of kit for mobile gaming, and even better to watch your favourite shows through apps like Netflix and Hulu. When the official launch of the headset was announced during the Facebook Developers Conference (F8) earlier this year, the company announced Oculus TV for apps like those just mentioned, activating the service a month later. Now, Oculus TV has been expanded (for US customers at least), with the addition of Sling TV, ESPN (including ESPN+) and Fox Now.In a similar vein to Netflix, Sling TV is a live streaming service. They differ in the fact that for Sling TV’s monthly fee customers get access to a range of channels. For $25 USD a month, customers can choose from one of two packages; Sling Orange which has 30 channels including A&E, AMC, CNN, and Disney Channel, or Sling Blue, which has 45 channels including USA, Cartoon Network and Discovery. If those aren’t enough then Sling TV has a range of add-on packages covering every interest, from comedy and sports to lifestyle and Hollywood movies.

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Sling TV launching on Oculus Go VR headset

FierceVideo | December 17, 2018

Sling TV says it will be the first virtual MVPD to offer up its streaming TV service on the Oculus Go, a standalone virtual reality headset.Sling TV on the Oculus Go will have the effect of watching TV in a “modern lounge with a mountain view” on the equivalent of a 180-inch display. For a limited time, customers who purchase and activate a new Oculus Go will receive an $80 credit toward Sling TV subscription services."No big screen, no room, no problem. Sling TV on Oculus Go gives customers an incredibly large screen, high-resolution experience anywhere they get a WiFi connection, without the need to connect to a phone or PC," said Jimshade Chaudhari, vice president of product management at Sling TV, in a statement. "Oculus Go is a real game-changer in giving people a personal home theater experience wherever they are, with its crystal-clear optics and portable design."The Oculus Go features an LCD display that renders at a resolution of 2,560 x 1,440 and headphone-free, built-in speakers. Sling TV said its Oculus app uses an interface similar to its Android apps.

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Sling TV adds free streaming option for Roku device owners

Slashgear | January 14, 2019

Livestreaming TV service Sling TV has launched a free viewing experience for Roku users, enabling them to browse the service as a guest and watch content without paying. The free access is offered to new Sling TV customers who can access the content without creating an account or signing in. In addition to watching content, guests will be able to buy pay-per-view events without subscribing.The new guest access differs from a typical free trial — users don’t need to create an account, sign in, or offer payment information. Instead, Roku users can click a new “Browse as Guest” option, skipping the free trial to get directly into the streaming content. Users can watch the on-demand shows and stream channels.According to Sling TV, it gives these guests access to free episodes of TV shows — it’s unclear how many episodes are free, however. Guests can also subscribe (read: pay for) specific channels they may be interested in, such as Showtime, without signing up for the base Sling TV subscription. This is in line with the service’s “a la carte” entertainment experience.The new Roku guest experience aside, Sling TV is also making it easier to determine which subscriptions are best for customers based on what they are interested in. Users can browse available content and choose what they want to watch. Based on those selections, Sling will suggest the best subscription options to meet those preferences. This new experience will be launching first on Roku, but will expand to other devices soon.

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Sling TV, ESPN And Fox Now Arrive On Oculus Go For US Customers

VRFocus | December 18, 2018

The Oculus Go standalone headset is a great bit of kit for mobile gaming, and even better to watch your favourite shows through apps like Netflix and Hulu. When the official launch of the headset was announced during the Facebook Developers Conference (F8) earlier this year, the company announced Oculus TV for apps like those just mentioned, activating the service a month later. Now, Oculus TV has been expanded (for US customers at least), with the addition of Sling TV, ESPN (including ESPN+) and Fox Now.In a similar vein to Netflix, Sling TV is a live streaming service. They differ in the fact that for Sling TV’s monthly fee customers get access to a range of channels. For $25 USD a month, customers can choose from one of two packages; Sling Orange which has 30 channels including A&E, AMC, CNN, and Disney Channel, or Sling Blue, which has 45 channels including USA, Cartoon Network and Discovery. If those aren’t enough then Sling TV has a range of add-on packages covering every interest, from comedy and sports to lifestyle and Hollywood movies.

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Sling TV launching on Oculus Go VR headset

FierceVideo | December 17, 2018

Sling TV says it will be the first virtual MVPD to offer up its streaming TV service on the Oculus Go, a standalone virtual reality headset.Sling TV on the Oculus Go will have the effect of watching TV in a “modern lounge with a mountain view” on the equivalent of a 180-inch display. For a limited time, customers who purchase and activate a new Oculus Go will receive an $80 credit toward Sling TV subscription services."No big screen, no room, no problem. Sling TV on Oculus Go gives customers an incredibly large screen, high-resolution experience anywhere they get a WiFi connection, without the need to connect to a phone or PC," said Jimshade Chaudhari, vice president of product management at Sling TV, in a statement. "Oculus Go is a real game-changer in giving people a personal home theater experience wherever they are, with its crystal-clear optics and portable design."The Oculus Go features an LCD display that renders at a resolution of 2,560 x 1,440 and headphone-free, built-in speakers. Sling TV said its Oculus app uses an interface similar to its Android apps.

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