HBO Now Available on Sling TV9 Apr, 2015 By: Erik Gruenwedel
Dish Network-owned OTT service reverses previous delay of HBO Now access
Sling TV engineers must have worked late as the Dish Network-owned subscription streaming service April 9 announced same-day access to HBO Now, the new standalone OTT video service from HBO.
The day before, Sling said it would delay subscriber access to HBO Now until April 11 in order to work out technical glitches that affected streams from the men’s college basketball Final Four games April 4.
With the highly-anticipated season five premiere of “Game of Thrones” happening April 12, Sling did not want a repeat of the pauses, error messages and related snafus that occurred during March Madness.
By offering HBO for an additional $15 monthly fee, Sling TV, which costs $20 a month, becomes the only live Internet TV service to offer HBO on both a linear and video-on-demand basis.
Sling TV subs can watch HBO on all Sling TV-supported devices, including Amazon Fire TV and Fire TV Stick; current-generation Roku players and Roku TV models; Xbox One; Android and iOS devices; and Macs and PCs.
HBO Now on Sling includes the same VOD library HBO provides on its HBO Go, the premium channel’s TV Everywhere platform. Sling TV will also offer access to three streams of HBO, in addition to the single-stream dedicated to its core and add-on packages. Multi-stream functionality for HBO will be added to customer accounts on a rolling basis starting April 9.
“We know Sling TV is the only way most of our customers can watch HBO shows live. Adding HBO’s live and extensive on-demand content to our lineup highlights our continued commitment to bringing customers the very best programming,” Sling TV CEO Roger Lynch said in a statement.