Sling Adds AMC, IFC to Core SVOD Service4 Mar, 2015 By: Erik Gruenwedel
Dish’s OTT video platform also offering Epix as a $5 monthly surcharge
As expected, Sling TV’s landmark over-the-top video service March 4 announced it is making available programming from AMC Networks and IFC to subscribers of its $20 monthly subscription streaming service.
The Dish Network-owned OTT video platform is also offering subs access to the Epix premium content platform as part of Sling’s “Hollywood Extra” on-demand movie service. Epix, which is co-owned by Lionsgate, Viacom and MGM, will cost an additional $5 monthly.
Sling subs now have access to AMC hits like “The Walking Dead,” “Better Call Saul” and “Mad Men” — the latter premiering April 5. IFC’s series “Portlandia” also is available. As previously announced, the agreement includes programming rights for BBC America, BBC World News and WE tv. Details on the availability of these three channels will be disclosed in the coming weeks.
“We are committed to meeting the needs of our consumers and will continue enhancing the Sling TV experience with even more programming options at an affordable price,” CEO Roger Lynch said in a statement.
Launched last month, the success of Sling TV could determine the fate of traditional pay-TV, which bundles about 150 channels into a monthly subscription plan. That ecosystem is increasingly under pressure from consumers who are canceling cable service in favor of OTT video and alternative access to entertainment.
Indeed, the country’s top pay-TV operators lost about 125,000 video subscribers in 2014, according to the Leichtman Research Group.
Sling’s core package includes ESPN, ESPN2, AMC, TNT, TBS, Food Network, HGTV, Travel Channel, IFC, El Rey, Adult Swim, Cartoon Network, ABC Family, Maker Studios, Disney Channel, CNN and Galavision. Additional features include access to WatchESPN, ESPN3 and VOD. Customers can choose to tailor their entertainment experience with optional “Sports Extra,” “Kids Extra,” and “News & Info Extra,” each priced at $5 per month.