Sling TV L.L.C., a subsidiary of DISH Network Corporation, announced this week 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.
With Time Warner’s announcement that it’s going to sell HBO directly to consumers without a cable subscription, and other services such as Netflix, Amazon Prime and WWE’s big unveil at last year’s CES, consumers are getting closer than ever to getting rid of cable.
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.
“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.”
Sources: sling.com, Time Warner, theStreet.com