Sling TV announced the launch of three features yesterday that many March Madness fans are likely to enjoy, including a new “Side View” feature that allows web users to view games in a small screen overlay on top of whatever they’re doing, whether it’s live tweeting the action or maybe working on a project for their job.
The live TV streaming service also launched a new custom widget for iOS devices and updated the live “Sports Scores” feature by adding a dedicated home screen row.
To enable the new Side View feature in a desktop browser, Sling users can click the button in the top right corner that says “Browse your computer while watching video.” This creates a picture-in-picture window that allows users to open other windows, tabs, and apps while simultaneously watching a live stream. The small screen overlay can be moved anywhere on the page.
Sling TV’s “Sports Scores” feature allows users to browse all sports scores while watching TV. It launched in the summer of 2022, giving users access to scores from NFL and college football games to NBA, NHL, and MLB. Now viewers can watch March Madness games on select devices. The feature is rolling out to Roku, Amazon, and Android TV this week.
As part of the update, the company has also added a dedicated home screen row for the live game scores, allowing fans to view scores as well as live games and access the matchup schedule all in one place. And if a Sling TV subscriber records a game to watch later, that game’s scores will be hidden, the company said in its announcement.
Sling TV has also launched a Sling widget for iOS users so they can now access their favorite channels, game scores and DVR recordings without leaving the home screen. There are several style options for the widget, including the “2 rows” or “4 rows” options that allow users to view a guide that displays channels.
It’s important to note that fans who want to watch the men’s tournament can only access TBS, TNT, and truTV with the Sling Blue subscription. This means viewers will need to subscribe to another live TV streaming service if they want to watch the Final Four and championship games, as those will be on CBS. Sling TV does not offer CBS.
The women’s tournament is also on ESPN, which is only available with the Sling Orange subscription.
Sling Blue is $45 per month and Orange is $40 per month. Subscribers can also get the bundle for $60 per month.