Calling it “part one” of a new user interface, Sling TV has posted a blog about a new channel guide and some other new features that are part of a UI refresh for the Xbox One and are based partly on customer feedback.
“In addition to greater stability, improved streaming and bug fixes on the front- and back-end, you should also notice that the guide looks a little different,” Ben Weinberger, the former CEO of Digitalsmiths who joined Sling TV as chief product officer in June, explained, adding that the update comes as the OTT-TV service for cord-cutters now offers more than 60 channels and more than 10,000 hours of on-demand content.
He said Xbox One subs this week are getting the "initial phase of our interface refresh.”
The revised UI for the Microsoft console supports a mini guide that will present the schedule and VOD fare for a specific channel. Sling TV has also tweaked the functionality of the “Y” button, taking users to the Search page.
Weinberger said the refresh is one of several planned updates coming to the Sling TV UI. Sling TV also supports Roku devices, the Amazon Fire TV and the Android TV-powered Nexus Player, as well as iOS and Android mobile devices and Web browsers. It is also considering developing an app for the new Apple TV.