Sling TV subscribers now have an interesting new option for watching live streaming TV beyond their biggest and littlest screens. On Wednesday, the company announced that its service is available on Google’s Nest Hub and Nest Hub Max smart-screen devices. It marks the first time these products can stream a live TV service other than YouTube TV without the help of a smartphone or tablet.
With the Sling integration, the streaming service can be controlled through Google Assistant voice commands such as “Hey, Google, watch HGTV on Sling” or “play,” “pause,” “skip forward 10 seconds,” or “stop.” If you have a Chromecast-enabled TV or streaming device such as a Google Chromecast Ultra or Nvidia Shield TV, you can cast Sling TV to these devices with your voice from the Nest Hub.
If you own a Google Nest Hub Max, the device’s Quick Gestures feature lets you pause and resume content by holding your hand up and looking at the camera.
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The live TV streaming category is undergoing some pretty big shifts, which makes the Sling/Google announcement even more interesting. Sony recently announced that its PlayStation Vue service will close its doors in January 2020, and Hulu has warned that it’s raising the rates on its live TV service, Hulu + Live TV, by $10 per month starting in December.
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