December 02, 2008 by Rachel Cericola
Sling has thrown its hat—or at least its website—into the ring for your on-demand content needs.
The newly launched Sling.com features everything from Animal Planet to Playboy to something called “White Chocolate.” There is also a small selection of movies, including “Some Like it Hot,” Planet of the Apes” (the Tim Burton version), “Fever Pitch” and “Raising Arizona.” In other words, nothing all that new. In total, the service will have over 90 content providers—and it’s all free.
While the site does seem to compete with services like Hulu, Sling.com will also feature content from that service. Does that make it more like a middleman? Maybe, but the site is hoping to be more like an entertainment portal, with blogs and clip collections available. There is also a social aspect, which allows you to create playlists or subscribe to different programming. Also, those already addicted to the way of Slingbox have a new access point: the new site can also stream whatever is on your home TV or DVR, without the need for an added software program (although it does need that Slingbox hardware, as well as a plug-in).
The Sling.com site is currently running in beta. We took a peek. It could use some tweaks, but seems to be a decent competitor for any short-attention span. If you had the chance to check it out, leave your thoughts in the comments section below.
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