Good-bye, DishWorld. Hello, Sling International.
As expected, Dish Network has rebranded DishWorld, its international live programming subscription OTT service, as Sling International, a move that comes almost two months after the national launch of Sling TV.
Along with the rebrand, Sling International has added three new language groups to its programming slate (Bengali, Kannada and Marathi), and transitioned the service to the new Sling TV user interface.
Starting at $15 per month, Sling International features programming from nearly 200 channels in 18 languages to U.S. consumers (Sling International’s other language groups include Arabic, Bangla, Brazilian, Cantonese, Filipino, Gujarati, Hindi, Malayalam, Mandarin, Punjabi, Taiwanese, Tamil, Telugu, Urdu and Vietnamese). Sling International's base service offers a single stream, but its “Family View” option lets them pay extra to watch content on up to three devices at the same time.
To aid the transition, current DishWorld subs will prompted to upgrade when they log in. Dish is also offering new customers a free one month trial of Sling International.
With Sling International offered on the Sling TV app, the international programing service now runs on browsers, the Amazon, Fire TV box and Fire TV Stick, current-gen Roku players and Roku TV models, and Android and iOS smartphones and tablets, and the Xbox One.
DishWorld customers that access the service on Samsung smart TVs will continue to do so on the legacy DishWorld app. Support for the new interface will be offered on “select” Samsung connected TVs in the coming weeks, the company said.
“Sling TV grew from the foundation established by DishWorld, enabling us to test, grow and perfect our OTT capabilities through a service that streams tens of millions of hours of content every month,” said Roger Lynch, CEO of Sling TV, in a statement. “Incorporating DishWorld into the Sling TV portfolio makes it even easier for viewers to get the best of both domestic programming and the shows and sports they love from overseas.”