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How to Host a Live TV Watch Party on Sling TV

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I haven’t had a cable or satellite TV subscription in years, and I’ve never missed it. I just don’t watch a lot of TV, and for the few things I want to catch up on—college football, mostly—I use Sling TV. I already love the service, and it’s about to get a little more interesting with the addition of support for virtual watch parties.

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I believe this makes Sling TV the first “live TV” service that allows you to watch shows, sporting events, or whatever else is on alongside your friends directly via the service. As an added bonus, Sling TV’s is allowing hosts to send watch party invites to any guests they want—even those who don’t subscribe to the service—through the end of the month. Think of it as a free trial, or a carrot Sling TV is dangling in the hopes that your friends will convert to paying members, too.

To get started with a Sling TV watch party, pull up the Chrome browser and visit watch.sling.com. (Yes, you must use Chrome. I tried summoning a watch party in Edge Chromium, but the option simply wasn’t there. Chrome or bust.)

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Second, make sure you’ve whitelisted the site in any browser-based adblockers you’re running. I didn’t do so at first, and was curious why I didn’t see the option to launch a watch party in any movie or TV show I selected. Adblockers will invariably mess up the process somehow, so whitelist the site and save yourself from potential frustration.

Third, you won’t be able to create a watch party for every piece of content on Sling TV. As the company notes in a FAQ:

Start or join a Watch Party to watch most live, On Demand or Lookback content. Watch Parties are not currently available with local channels (NBC and FOX), rentals, Pay-Per-View events, Premium or standalone channels, programming recorded on Cloud DVR, and standard regional blackouts apply.

Assuming the content you want to watch supports the Watch Party feature, you’ll see a new option when you click on it:

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Click on that, and you should fire up the show/movie in the new Watch Party interface. I never made it that far, as the site kept asking me to sign up for an account or log in as me—even though I was already logged in. This is a beta preview for the feature, though, so it’s possible something is screwing up on the back end and it will be fixed down the road.

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Theoretically, were you to host a watch party, you’d be able to view the same content with up to three other friends (who would all need their own Sling TV accounts, even if they’re tuning in for free this month). You can all just sit there and watch, or you can snark to one another via a built-in text chat that appears on the left side of your screen. You can host as many watch parties as you want, but you can only run one at a time.

I’m going to reach out to Sling TV to see if they can advise me on problems with my setup that might be preventing me from hosting. Even if you suffer similar issues, I wouldn’t rule out the feature just yet. It’s free to use, provided you’re already paying for Sling TV’s Blue or Orange plan, and (in theory) offers a great way to catch most live TV content with your friends—especially useful if you love sports. Now, had we only a fall college football season to worry about…

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Charge Your Phone Wirelessly With 50% off a Multifunctional LED Lamp

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White Wireless Charge Lamp | $18 | Amazon | Clip coupon + code ABC88699
Black Wireless Charger Lamp | $20 | Amazon | Promo code ABC88699

When you’re ready to turn in for the night, you don’t want to forget to charge your phone— especially if your mobile device doubles as your alarm clock.

With this wireless charger lamp, you can make this crucial step of your nightly routine even easier by just setting your phone on the wireless charging pad and… well, that’s all there is to it!

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Other functions include multiple lighting modes as well as a sleep timer option for auto shut-off of the light after 30 or 60 minutes.

This lamp can be yours in white for $18 if you clip the coupon on Amazon (it’s below the original $40 price) and add promo code ABC88699 at checkout.

You can snag the black version for $20 using the same code—no coupon though, sorry.

Don’t sleep on this deal! Who knows how long stock or the coupon code will last?

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Keep That Hotdish Hot With 65% Off a Luncia Casserole Carrier, Only $11 With Promo Code

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Luncia Double-Decker Dish Carrier | $11 | Amazon | Promo code SDDU9S7F

It has been a long time since the days we could safely have a potluck or other gatherings, but we have a fantastic deal perfect for once those times return. These double-decker Luncia dish carriers can be had for 65% off when you add promo code SDDU9S7F at checkout and clip the coupon on the site (it’s just below the price). These holders fit 9″x 13″ sized baking dishes.

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That means you can insulate and keep two dishes of food warm for only $11 instead of $30. What’s more, your Luncia carrier will arrive by Christmas if you order today as a Prime member.

Just add promo code SDDU9S7F and clip the 5% off coupon to bring the price down to $11 for the blue or the grey option.

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Conquer Your Pup’s Dander and Fur With $700 Off a Cobalt or Charcoal Bobsweep PetHair Plus Robot Vacuum

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Bobsweep PetHair Plus Robot Vacuum & Mop (Cobalt) | $200 | Best Buy

Bobsweep PetHair Plus Robot Vacuum & Mop (Charcoal) | $200 | Best Buy

Allergies can be bad enough as the seasons change. Don’t let pet hair and dander add to that by vacuuming it up early and often. That chore is easier said than done— unless you have a robot vacuum to do the work for you. This lovely bright cobalt Bobsweep PetHair Plus robot vacuum and mop, only $200 today at Best Buy seems like an ideal option. That’s a whopping $700 off, by the way.

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You can get the same deal for the charcoal version of the robot vac, too. This model is not only specially made for picking up pet hair, it self docks and charges when it’s finished with the work.

It also comes with a mop attachment, so it can take care of those kitchen floors for you as well. Grab it while it’s still available for this fantastic price!

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