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New Sling TV interface lands on some Android TV devices

The new interface for DIsh Network’s streaming TV service Sling TV. (Graphic by The Desk)

Dish Network’s streaming television service Sling TV is rolling out a new user interface for viewers with Android TV devices.

Subscribers with Android TV hardware running the Google TV user interface began receiving the updated version of Sling TV earlier this month.

The user interface is rolling out on the Chromecast with Google TV, Nvidia Shield and Android-powered Sony TV sets, with support for more Android TV devices coming over time.

The updated Sling TV interface modernizes the streaming app’s experience, centralizing live TV feeds, cloud recordings and on-demand video with a left-hand menu while leaving plenty of space for thumbnails and other rich media in the main app window.

The experience also provides a new “Recommended For You” feature that aggregates content selections and recommended programming from across a customer’s subscribed channels.

Sling TV starts at $35 a month for a handful of channels from either Comcast’s NBC Universal and Fox Corporation (Sling Blue) or the Walt Disney Company (Sling Orange), with channels from ViacomCBS, A+E Networks, AMC Networks and Discovery Networks peppered through each tier. A combination package with NBC, Fox and Disney-owned channels is also available for $50 a month, and customers can subscribe to add-on packages that unlock even more pay TV networks.

The service is supported on a wide range of streaming TV devices, including Roku and Amazon Fire TV sticks, which also have the updated user interface. Apps are also available for Apple and Android-powered phones and tablets.

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Matthew Keys is the publisher of The Desk and reports on the business and policy matters involving the broadcast television, streaming video and radio industries. He previously worked for Thomson Reuters, Disney-ABC, Tribune Broadcasting and McNaughton Newspapers. Matthew is based in Northern California, has won numerous awards in the field of journalism, and is a member of IRE (Investigative Reporters and Editors).