Does Sling TV Mean the End of Traditional TV?

We keep finding new apps and products that get us jumping up and down, yelling “Trad TV is finished! Wahoo! The Gatekeepers are dead! Yippee!” but the last time we looked (last Sunday, sitting at a friend’s house and pretending to watch the Super Bowl), the television biz pretty much seemed like business as usual.

Unless…whaddaya think? Is this gonna do the trick?

Sling-TVby Nathanael Arnold

With the increasing popularity of video streaming services such as Netflix, Hulu, and YouTube, many industry watchers believe that it is only a matter of time before traditional cable and satellite television services are fully replaced by Internet-based streaming services. That day may arrive sooner than expected thanks to the recent debut of Sling TV. A project of satellite television service provider Dish, Sling TV is an Internet-based streaming service that allows subscribers to watch a selection of live and on-demand television programs.

What do you think?

Sling TV was first unveiled at the International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in early January where itgarnered multiple “Best of CES 2015” awards from Engadget. However, it was only recently made available to a limited number of consumers during an initial invitation-only trial period ahead of its full public launch. So while it still remains to be seen how popular Sling TV will be with consumers, there are several reasons to believe why this Internet-based TV service is the first sign that traditional cable and satellite pay TV business models will soon be going the way of the VCR.  Here are five reasons why Sling TV heralds the end of traditional television.

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