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Sling TV's Updated UI Arrives For Roku Users – Digital Trends

February 4, 2024
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An important announcement for cord-cutters came earlier this month at Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference: Sling TV was finally coming to the Apple TV. With the jump to a new platform also came a new user interface built for Apple’s streaming box. As it turns out, that UI wasn’t exclusive to Apple for long.
That updated UI is now making its way to Roku users, Sling TV announced in a blog post on Tuesday. Both standalone players like the Roku 4 and Roku Streaming Stick, as well as Roku-enabled TV models, are getting the new UI, which Sling TV says offers a more personalized experience.
The updated interface will be immediately noticeable upon opening the app, as the new My TV home screen is front and center. A new “My Channels” section allows viewers to quickly access the favorites, while a “Continue Watching” section below allows you to quickly get back to the last TV show or movie you were watching.
While the standard guide view hasn’t gone anywhere, there is also a new “On Now” view that presents users with a different take on what is currently airing. Organized by categories like sports, lifestyle, and action, this view should be a hit with viewers who feel like watching something but aren’t sure exactly what. This will also be joined by a “Sports” view, which Sling TV says is coming soon and will allow viewers to browse by sport, schedule, or what is currently airing.
The updated UI is rolling out starting now, so if you’re a Sling TV user with a Roku, expect to see the change soon if you’re not seeing it already. The blog post also mentions that this new view will be rolling out to other supported devices throughout the year, so if you’re watching on a Fire TV or other device, you’ll eventually get the new interface.
In January 2023, Sharp surprised many observers by announcing its return to the North American TV market — and then surprised us again by saying it intended to launch the first OLED TV powered by Roku. True to its word, you can now buy the Sharp Roku TV OLED 4K Ultra HD in 55- and 65-inch screen sizes, each of which has already been discounted for Black Friday sales.
Normally $1,900 for the 55-inch model and $2,500 for the 65-inch screen size (very similar prices to what LG asks for its 55- and 65-inch LG C3 OLED), the new Sharp OLED TVs are now $1,500 and $2,000, respectively.
Three of the four major live streaming services in the U.S. have reported their earnings for the third quarter, and the results are pretty clear: YouTube TV (probably) still leads the pack — and by a healthy margin. We have to hedge that just a tad because Google doesn’t give regular updates on streaming statistics, unlike the other parent companies at play here.
But with that said, here’s how things break down:
Sling TV — the third-largest live streaming service in the U.S. — today announced a handful of new features that touch a wide swath of the Sling experience.
Here’s what users have to look forward to:
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