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Sling TV: High-quality video streams, with some notable trade-offs
Sling TV: High-quality video streams, with some notable trade-offs

Dish Network's new Sling TV service, which starts rolling out this week, is an unapologetically niche product. If you're looking for a streaming video service that's a perfect substitute for cable or satellite TV, Sling TV isn't it. At this point, nothing is. What Sling TV does, and does well, is deliver a stripped-down sampling of the pay-TV universe -- the basic package includes only a dozen cable networks, plus an on-demand movie service and some original online programming -- to a TV, laptop or mobile device. I've been playing with the service for the last few days, and was pleasantly surprised by the picture quality (with some exceptions) and the nimble user...

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