Dish Network has just their over-the-top television streaming service alternative for folks who don’t want to pay for pricey cable packages. The service is called Sling TV, and it will launch sometime in Q1 of 2015. For only $20 a month, there are no contracts, commitments, and no hardware installations. Users of the service can stream a ton of popular networks like ESPN, ESPN2, TNT, TBS, the Food Network, the Travel Channel, Adult Swim, ABC, CNN and many more. What’s more, Dish has made Sling TV compatible with just about every popular device and OS out there:
- Google Nexus Player (Android TV)
- Amazon Fire TV & Fire TV Stick
- Select LG Smart TVs
- Roku Players
- Roku TV models
- Select Samsung Smart TVs
- Xbox One
Dish is allowing users to add on additional streaming packages for a $5 premium every month. Right now, the additional packages include a Kids Extra, News & Info Extra, as well as a Sports Extra package coming in the near future. If you’re interested, all you need to do is download the Android app, sign up for the service, and you’re good to stream, whenever and wherever you’d like!
It’s tough to tell whether Sling TV will be a hit with users or not, especially with cheaper services like Netflix and Hulu+ out there. Even though other streaming services don’t pick up actual live television channels, we’ll have to see how the service does after launch. Any Dish customers out there looking forward to Sling TV? Let us know what you think!
[press]ENGLEWOOD, Colo.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Sling TV L.L.C., a subsidiary of DISH Network Corporation (NASDAQ: DISH), today announced that it will launch Sling TV, a live, over-the-top television service, to customers nationwide in the first quarter of 2015. Sling TV will deliver live sports, lifestyle, family, news and information channels, Video-On-Demand entertainment and the best of online video to broadband-connected devices at home and on-the-go. Priced at $20 per month, the service will require no commitment, contract, credit check or hardware installation.
“Sling TV provides a viable alternative for live television to the millennial audience”
Supported Internet-connected devices for Sling TV are expected to include Amazon Fire TV, Amazon Fire TV Stick, Google’s Nexus Player, select LG Smart TVs, Roku players, Roku TV models, select Samsung Smart TVs, Xbox One, iOS, Android, Mac and PC. Sling TV expects to announce its availability on additional streaming devices and smart TVs in the coming months.
“Sling TV provides a viable alternative for live television to the millennial audience,” said Joseph P. Clayton, DISH president and CEO. “This service gives millions of consumers a new consideration for pay-TV; Sling TV fills a void for an underserved audience.”
“Consumers can now watch their favorite shows on their favorite devices that they already use to watch video. Live television, including ESPN, for $20 per month with no commitment or contract, is a game changer,” said Roger Lynch, CEO of Sling TV. “The arrival of Sling TV lets consumers, who’ve embraced services like Netflix and Hulu, take more control of their video entertainment experience.”
What to watch on Sling TV
At launch, Sling TV is offering a core programming package with live and Video-On-Demand shows, sports, movies and online video, as well as two optional add-on packs.
Priced at $20 per month, “The Best of Live TV” core package includes 12 Nielsen-rated sports, lifestyle, family and news networks: ESPN, ESPN2, TNT, TBS, Food Network, HGTV, Travel Channel, Adult Swim, Cartoon Network, Disney Channel, ABC Family and CNN. This package additionally features an array of Video-On-Demand entertainment and the best of online video with unique content from Maker Studios, the global leader in online short-form video.
Consumers can tailor their experience with add-on packs for access to additional programming, at $5 per month. Sling TV will offer a “Kids Extra” add-on with Disney Junior, Disney XD, Boomerang, Baby TV and Duck TV, and a “News & Info Extra” add-on with HLN, Cooking Channel, DIY and Bloomberg TV. A “Sports Extra” package is coming soon.
Sling TV expects to expand its core package, Video-On-Demand content, online video and add-on packs throughout 2015.
Where to watch Sling TV
At launch, subscribers can watch live TV by downloading the app to supported versions of iOS and Android, or by visiting the upcoming Sling website from Macs and PCs. Alternatively, the Sling TV app is expected to be available on Amazon Fire TV, Amazon Fire TV Stick, Google’s Nexus Player, select LG Smart TVs, Roku players, Roku TV models, select Samsung Smart TVs and Xbox One, with other streaming devices and smart TVs to follow in the coming months. Sling TV’s user interface provides a consistent experience across all platforms.
How Sling TV works
Sling TV is designed to deliver a high-quality television experience inside and outside the home, anywhere a wired, Wi-Fi or mobile broadband connection is available. The service is delivered over an IP-based content delivery system that leverages adaptive bitrate streaming technology. This allows for the highest quality streaming experience possible regardless of network quality fluctuations or location.
Customers will be able to pause, rewind and fast-forward most live channels and Video-On-Demand content. For certain channels, the service includes a 3-Day Replay feature that gives customers the ability to watch some shows that have aired in the past three days; no DVR is needed. Sling TV’s features are available across all supported platforms.
About Sling TV
Sling TV L.L.C., a subsidiary of DISH Network Corporation (NASDAQ: DISH), provides over-the-top television services including domestic and international live and Video-On-Demand programming. Sling TV’s international OTT service (DishWorld) currently provides close to 200 channels in 16 languages across multiple devices – televisions, tablets, computers and smartphones – to U.S. households. Sling TV is a next generation service that meets the entertainment needs of today’s contemporary viewers. Visit www.sling.com.
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Sling TV and Slingbox: separate brands, separate products
Sling TV is an emerging over-the-top service that is independent from Sling Media’s line of Slingbox products and services. Sling Media is the leading provider of multi-screen TV solutions giving consumers the ability to access their live and recorded traditional pay-TV service anywhere in the world, on any connected device. For more information on Slingbox, visit www.slingbox.com.[/press]