Sling TV Reveals Sports Pack, More 'Core' Channels

Add-On To Feature ESPNU, Univision Deportes, Universal Sports, beIN Sports, Others
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Recent updates made to the FAQ tied to newly launched Web site for Sling TV, the new OTT pay-TV service from Dish Network, show that its coming Sports Extra package will feature the following channels: SEC Network, ESPNU, ESPNEWS, ESPN Buzzer Beater, ESPN Goal Line, ESPN Bases Loaded, Univision Deportes, Universal Sports, and beIN Sports.

As first spotted by GigaOm, the update shows that the sports package will cost $5 per month, the same price for the add-on packages Sling TV has already introduced: Kids Extra (Disney Junior, Disney XD, Boomerang, Baby TV, and Duck TV); and News & Info Extra (HLN, Cooking Channel, DIY and Bloomberg TV).

Those are in addition to Sling TV’s core programming package that will run $20 per month and include: ESPN, ESPN2, TNT, TBS, Food Network, HGTV, Travel Channel, Adult Swim, Cartoon Network, Disney Channel, ABC Family, and CNN.

Update: According to the updated Sling TV Web site, the core package has added El Rey Network and Galavisión and, as already announced, content from OTT multichannel network Maker Studios. 

Sling TV, which announced a distribution agreement with Univision on Monday (Feb. 2) had hinted earlier about the Sports Extra package, but didn’t announce which channels would grace it.  But the addition of beIN Sports and Universal Sports (a partnership between NBC Sports and InterMedia Partners) does demonstrate that Sling TV is making progress with other programming partners. 

Notably, the terms of the FCC’s January 2011 approval of the Comcast deal for NBCUniversal include a provision requiring the companies to offer video programming to “legitimate” online video distributors on the same terms and conditions that would be available to an traditional MVPD.

Sling TV is currently being offered on an invitation-only basis (read our review of the service here). Dish has not announced a date for its broader commercial launch.