New Sling TV Subscription Service Announced
Monday, January 12, 2015
DISH Network announced the upcoming launch of Sling TV, a subscription service aimed at cord cutters as a less expensive alternative to cable. For only $20 per month, the subscription includes cable staples like ESPN, ESPN2, CNN, TBS, TNT, Disney Channel, ABC Family, Food Network, HGTV, Travel Channel, Cartoon Network and Adult Swim. For an extra $5 per month, you can add a “Kids Extra” package with Disney Junior, Disney XD, Boomerang, Baby TV and Duck TV. You can also add a “News & Info Extra” package that will include HLN, Cooking Channel, DIY and Bloomberg TV, also for $5. A “Sports Extra” package is reportedly in the works as well.
The service will be available to watch on Xbox ONe, Roku, PCs, Amazon Fire TV and iOS and Android phones and tablets.
You can't skip commercials on Sling TV, like you can on a cable DVR, and none of the major TV networks will be included (CBS, ABC, NBC, Fox), but it's still a very attractive alternative to Cable.