Sling TV Adds Univision Content, Including Sports2 Feb, 2015 By: Erik Gruenwedel
Dish Network’s OTT subsidiary aims to attract Hispanic market
Sling TV, the pending over-the-top video subsidiary of Dish Network, Feb. 2 announced the signing of a retransmission agreement with Univision Communications — a major distributor of televised content targeting the Latino market.
Under the agreement, Sling TV will have access to 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.
“Hispanics are the demographic most engaged with mobile devices, making Univision a natural match for Sling TV,” CEO Roger Lynch said in a statement.
Announced last month at CES in Las Vegas, Sling TV will launch as a $20 standalone subscription streaming service featuring programming from Disney/ESPN, Turner, Scripps, Maker Studios and Univision, among other sources, to broadband-connected devices such as Android and iOS smartphones and tablets.
As such, Sling TV ranks as one of the first — and most anticipated — major over-the-top video services offering content — notably ESPN — heretofore the domain of multichannel video distributors such as cable, satellite and telecom.