Sling TV, the new OTT pay-TV service from Dish Network targeted to cord-cutters and cord-nevers, said it has inked a deal for multi-stream rights for live and on-demand content from Univision Communications.
Under the deal, Sling TV will gain access to the flagship Univision Network, UniMás, UDN (Univision Deportes Network), Galavisión, El Rey Network, Bandamax, De Película, De Película Clásico, Telehit, tlnovelas, FOROtv, as well as Univision and UniMás broadcast stations nationwide.
More details about the offering and how it will be priced will be announced in the coming weeks. Word of the Sling TV-Univision deal comes several weeks after DirecTV soft-launched Yaveo, a Spanish-language OTT service that also includes Univision’s suite of networks that starts at $7.99 per month.
Sling TV, expected to launch commercially later this month following a current invitation-only period, offers a core lineup of 12 channels for $20 per month, plus two add-on packs – Kids Extra and News & Info Extra – for an additional $5 per month. Sling TV will also provide access to exclusive content from OTT multichannel network (MCN) Maker Studios, and expects to announce a new “Sports Extra” add-on package and details about a bigger VOD library soon.
“We are delighted to add Univision’s wide-ranging programming to our growing Sling TV lineup,” said Roger Lynch, Sling TV CEO, in a statement. “Hispanics are the demographic most engaged with mobile devices, making Univision a natural match for Sling TV. At CES I committed to expanding our programming portfolio. Additional details about the availability of Univision’s award-winning content on Sling TV will be announced in the coming weeks.”
“At UCI our number one goal is creating access for our audience – an audience that is young, digitally-savvy and passionate about our content,” added Tonia O’Connor, president, content distribution and corporate business development for Univision. “Sling TV’s next generation TV service aligns with our strategy to deliver the best experiences to our diverse audience, while also partnering with a distributor that has for decades been hyper focused on the Hispanic consumer.”