Sling TV, Dish Network’s OTT pay-TV service for cord-cutters, announced it will offer select channels from A+E Networks by the end of the month, and has introduced two new add-on packages that run $5 per month.
Additionally, Sling TV said it has extended support to the Xbox One gaming console, complementing its current reach to current generation Roku devices and Roku TVs, Web browsers, Android and iOS smartphones and tablets, and the Amazon Fire TV box and Amazon Fire TV Stick. Sling TV also has plans to support the Nexus Player, a device powered by the Android TV OS. Sling TV subs will have the option to “pin” the app to the Xbox One home page and navigate the service using the Kinect voice/gesture system or the Xbox One controller.
To prime the pump, current Xbox Live members with an Xbox One are in line to get one free month of Sling TV. Microsoft is also offering three free months of Sling TV service to the first 5,000 customers who buy an Xbox One at a Microsoft retail store or at MicrosoftStore.com between March 17, 2015 and March 22, 2015. Sling TV currently offers a free seven-day trial to all new registrants.
On the programming end, Sling TV said it is adding A&E, History, H2 and Lifetime to its core, $20 per month package, which also includes ESPN, ESPN2, AMC, TNT, TBS, Food Network, HGTV, Travel Channel, IFC, El Rey, Adult Swim, Cartoon Network, ABC Family, Disney Channel, CNN and Galavision. The core package also lets subs access the WatchESPN app, a VOD library, and content from Maker Studios.
Sling TV also introduced two more programming packages that run $5 each per month, and replace the service’s original News & Info Extra pack, which is no longer offered:
-Lifestyle Extra: truTV, Cooking Channel, DIY and WE tv, with A+E’s FYI and LMN to join the mix “soon.” truTV will give those subs access to select March Madness games.
-World News Extra: Bloomberg TV, HLN, Euro News, France 24, NDTV 24/7, News 18 and Russia Today.
“After only six weeks in market, we’re working towards nearly doubling the size of our ‘Best of Live TV’ core package while preserving our attractive $20 price point,” Roger Lynch, Sling TV’s CEO, said in a statement. “With the upcoming arrival of A+E Networks’ highly-rated content, Sling TV will soon include 20 networks for just $20 per month.”
Sling TV, currently a single-stream service, also markets three other add-on packs: Sports Extra, Hollywood Extra, and Kids Extra.