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Friday, March 6, 2015

Dish Network Launches Over The Top "Sling TV" Services

Dish TV has launched their new OTT (internet) TV service called Sling TV.
Sling TV is a new live TV service that allows subscribers to watch several cable TV channels on their TVs, computers or mobile devices. These are live TV channels, just like cable, except they're delivered over the Internet. Sling TV is a subsidiary of Dish Network, the satellite provider, it's operated as an entirely separate service. You don't need a Dish subscription to get Sling TV.

Sling offers a selection of  channels from AMC Networks, Disney, Scripps, Time Warner, and Univision, most notably ESPN and ESPN2. Three add-on packs are available for $5 each: "Kids Extra" adds Baby TV, Boomerang, Disney XD, and Ducktv, "News & Info Extra" adds Bloomberg Television, Cooking Channel, DIY Network, and HLN, and "Sports Extra" adds BeIN Sports, ESPNews, ESPNU, ESPN Goal Line, SEC Network, Universal Sports, and Univision Deportes Network. Sling TV also features video on demand content, including catch-up programming from its channels, and original content from Maker Studios.

Note that Sling TV does not provide your local network channels (ABC, NBC, CBS, PBS, FOX, CW, ION, etc) but it appears to be an ideal option for those that currently use an antenna for watching their local cable channels, or if you use Hulu to access content.

I have just signed up for the free trial and added the channel to my Roku players. I will report back with my review after my trial period is over.