If you're a fan of sports, DIY or The Walking Dead, Sling TV has a deal for you that includes free set-top boxes and HDMI sticks. The streaming service, which aims to be an online replacement for cable TV, launched on Feb. 9 and now as some tempting deals on gadgets that convert your dumb TV into a smart one.
Sling TV has apps for both the Roku and Amazon Fire TV platforms — as well as PCs, Macs, and iOS and Android mobiles. It's teamed up with Roku and Amazon to offer the $50 Roku Stick or the $39 Fire TV stick for free. If you want more-powerful gear, you can opt to get half off the $100 Roku 3 or $99 Fire TV boxes.
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The catch: You have to pay in advance for three months of Sling TV, which starts at $20 per month and offers three $5 upgrade packages. That's a good deal if you like Sling TV's content, which includes sports (ESPN, ESPN and a $5 upgrade with more channels), kids (such as ABC Family and Disney Channel, with a $5 upgrade option), or yuppie couples (including HGTV, Food Network and Travel Channel).
And a three-month commitment might be especially appealing if it's the right three months. Say you're a sports fan. NCAA basketball March Madness is, of course, net month; MLB baseball season start April 6; and there are a few tennis matches are in April and May, for example. You might also want to get a streaming stick before the Season Three premier of House Of Cards on Netflix at the end of the month.
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