Sling TV Getting HBO1 Apr, 2015 By: Erik Gruenwedel
In a major move, Sling TV April 1 announced it will soon have streaming access to HBO for an additional $15 monthly fee. Sling, which costs $20 monthly and is owned by Dish Network, would likely gain access to HBO after the latter bows its own $15/month OTT service — HBO Now — but in time for the season premieres of “Game of Thrones” and “Silicon Valley” on April 12.
Sling TV with HBO will be available on all devices supported by Sling TV, 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 will be available when customers sign up for the “Best of Live TV” core package. The new offering includes one live channel and the same extensive VOD library HBO provides on its other platforms.
“Sling TV is bringing HBO to our customers on all of our supported devices in time for one of the most important TV moments of the year,” CEO Roger Lynch said in a statement.
Sling TV’s core package delivers ESPN, ESPN2, AMC, A&E, TNT, History Channel, H2, TBS, Food Network, HGTV, Travel Channel, IFC, El Rey, Adult Swim, Cartoon Network, ABC Family, Disney Channel, CNN, Lifetime and Galavision.
This package additionally features access to WatchESPN, including ESPN3 and an array of VOD entertainment. Customers can choose to tailor their entertainment experience with the addition of HBO for $15 per month or the optional “Sports Extra,” “Hollywood Extra,” “Kids Extra,” “Lifestyle Extra” and “World News Extra” add-ons, each priced at $5 per month. In addition to live channels and VOD entertainment, Sling TV customers have access to content from Maker Studios.
Pending Dish CEO Charlie Ergen last week told CNBC there was “no question” Sling TV could siphon off his own satellite TV subscribers going forward.
“It’s the innovator’s dilemma,” Ergen said.