Sling TV Subject To Content Restrictions

Some Shows On A&E, LMN Saddled by Digital Rights Issues
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Dish Network confirmed that certain shows offered on A&E and some other channels aren’t available to Sling TV subscribers because of digital rights restrictions.

“Certain content on A&E and LMN and other select channels can't be streamed on Sling TV due to rights restrictions,” a Sling TV spokesperson said via email. “However, when possible, these channels will offer other programming in place of the restricted content.”

TechHive, citing posts on the Reddit cord-cutters forum, reported on this limitation with the Sling TV service on Friday (March 27), noting that some but not all of shows such as Criminal Minds on A&E are restricted, and the same is true with certain movies and episodes of Intervention on LMN.  On Monday morning (March 30) at 10 a.m. ET, Criminal Minds (a show originally produced by CBS) on A&E was not available on Sling TV due to those rights restrictions, and it appeared that the content had been replaced by a sales pitch for a pressure cooker.

On March 26, Sling TV added A&E, History, H2 and Lifetime to its $20 per month “Best of Live TV” package, and has added FYI and LMN to its $5 per month Lifestyle Extra add-on pack.  Sling TV, an OTT service from Dish tailored for cord-cutters, launched nationwide on February 9.

Though limited, streaming restrictions such as these highlight the challenges that emerging virtual MVPDs will face in the early going. TV Predictions reported that Sony’s new PlayStation Vue service, currently offered in Philadelphia, New York and Chicago, also is not immune to streaming rights restrictions.