Sling TV Gets Xbox One, A+E Networks17 Mar, 2015 By: Erik Gruenwedel
Dish Network-owned over-the-top video TV service will soon have 20 networks
Sling TV, the Dish Network-owned subscription streaming service, March 17 announced a trio of updates, including availability on Xbox One.
The $20 monthly SVOD service said four A+E Networks’ channels — A&E, History, H2 and Lifetime — will be available in its “Best of Live TV” core package by the end of March. Sling also introduced two A+E add-on packs, “Lifestyle Extra” and “World News Extra,” each priced at an additional $5 per month.
The programming portfolio will give access to popular series like “The Returned,” “Bates Motel,” “Duck Dynasty,” “Vikings,” “Pawn Stars,” “Dance Moms” and “Project Runway.” The A+E Networks’ launch date and VOD availability will be disclosed in the coming weeks.
“Our customers can now choose from a total of five add-on packs to better customize their Sling TV experience based on their viewing preferences,” CEO Roger Lynch said in a statement.
Meanwhile, Sling released its app for Xbox One, the first gaming console to support the over-the-top TV service. Xbox One joins Amazon Fire TV, Fire TV Stick, Roku and Roku TV models, Android and iOS devices, and Macs and PCs as another access device.
“As the first gaming console where the service is available, Xbox One users will have more of their favorite entertainment and new, cutting-edge options for watching TV at their fingertips,” Mike Nichols, corporate VP of marketing for Xbox, said in a statement.
Sling, which became the first OTT service to offer pay-TV anchor ESPN as a direct-to-consumer option, has reportedly generated more than 100,000 subscribers since launching last month.
Sling content channels also include ESPN2, AMC, TNT, TBS, Food Network, HGTV, Travel Channel, IFC, El Rey, Adult Swim, Cartoon Network, ABC Family, Disney Channel, and CNN. Add-on VOD segments include “Sports Extra,” “Hollywood Extra,” and “Kids Extra.”
Sling will also soon carry Epix — the premium content channel co-owned by Lionsgate, Viacom and MGM. For an additional fee — subs will have access to Epix, Epix2, Epix3 and Epix Drive-In featuring more than 2,000 movies on-demand.
With Sony planning to launch online TV service PlayStation Vue, Apple TV reportedly is planning to launch a similar service in the fall, according to The Wall Street Journal.