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NO Surprise That DISH’s Sling TV Continues To Struggle — Riddled With Technical Problems & Pitiful Customer Support.

by Anura Guruge


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Click image to READ “The Street” article from today.


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Click image to read article in “Motherboard” from yesterday.


I have now had ‘Sling TV‘ on my Roku 3 for nearly 11 months. I got Sling TV so that I could watch cricket on Willow and UK OneWorld Sports.

I have had NOTHING but trouble with Sling TV — including yet another episode of video loading errors last night.

Sling TV is an unmitigated nightmare.

What makes it worse is that ‘they’ — Sling TV management and customer support — know about the problems and do NOTHING about it.

Why do I stick with Sling TV? It is the only way I can currently have access to UK OneWorld Sports, and in the Summer, THEY have exclusive rights to English Test Matches. That is it.

If it was just Willow I would GLADLY pay the $4/month extra and get Willow directly on the Roku.

So the above articles make eminent sense. IF you have any sense DO NOT subscribe to Sling TV. Sling TV will drive you to distraction.

‘We’, i.e., those that subscribe to the International Sports Package, supposedly already have the new User Interface — as of early December. Trust me, it SUCKS. Sucks big time. It is devoid of program information! I kid you not. You have to click on each program to see what it is.

So, do yourself a HUGE favor and stay away from Sling TV. You will THANK ME for this advice.

Happy New Year.

The Roku, other than for Sling TV, is an absolute JOY — especially with Amazon Prime, Sky News, PBS, Acorn etc.


Related posts:
>> Sling TV video loading errors.
>> Sling TV video playback issues.
>> Cricket with Sling TV.


by Anura Guruge

Avast Internet Security Ver. 8: I Am Not Happy And I Have Used Avast For 7 Years (+).

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Thursday evening Avast!, my antivirus, firewall and ‘internet security’ product of choice, started popping up its annoying, pesky blue boxes saying that I have to update my program (i.e., the software). I get virus updates a few times a day.

I had been at Version 7 for quite a long time and was reasonably happy — though about a year ago there was a nasty hang.

Then without any warning it upgraded me to Version 8 with a new user interface.

Worse still, without giving me a choice, it installed Chrome! That was a no, no. I was not happy. [Since then, in last 7 hours, they have updated their installer and it now asks whether you want Chrome. I guess they must had faced an uproar.]

It took the LONGEST time to install — and this is a i7 4 core machine with 12GB of memory. Most things are fast on this. I guess it took so long because it was installing the latest version of Chrome.

But, after the lengthy install all seemed OK.

This morning Avast Ver. 7 on Devanee’s laptop stopped working! I tried the usual tricks. No luck. We had to go to Bedford so we were in a rush. I powered up this PC to get another copy of Devanee’s Avast license.

When I did that, I got a SCARY blue pop up jump at me saying that Avast wanted to update my Adobe Acrobat Reader. Whiskey, Tango FOX! I don’t want Avast to update anything other than itself! That is intrusive and obnoxious. Avast has gone down a few stripes in my book for that little trick.

Yes, worked out how to turn that DANGEROUS feature off. On the ‘homepage’ icon-based interface (at top above), click on ‘Software Updater’ and then click the STOP button. That disables that stupid feature.

It tries to do too much. I hate that.

Just do what you are supposed to do. I used to be the biggest fan of ‘System Mechanic‘ for years. Then they went down this route. I uninstalled it, on all our PCs, and have never gone back.

We have PAID Avast Internet Security on 5 PCs. Avast, other than a few spectacular screw-ups over the years, has been good. I know that it is good at intercepting bad things.

But this was real annoying. To exacerbate matters, I had to uninstall Avast 7 on Devanee’s PC and re-install it again. So, I was not having a good day with Avast.

The Chrome thing was ironic. I obviously did not have Chrome on this PC. I had been meaning to get it. But, I knew it would take some time. I now have it. I have played with it a few times since Avast installed it! Yes, I plan to migrate to Chrome. I have had it with FireFox too. I am very patient with software that I like, but there is a limit. I have used FireFox for 12 years. Avast for at least 8. But, when I get exasperated, that is it.

If you get Avast 8, make sure to go through each feature, individually and then on the ‘Settings tab’, and disable as much as you can.