Sling TV Launches on Apple TV, Adds Viacom, Fox Channels13 Jun, 2016 By: Erik Gruenwedel
Sling TV June 13 at the Apple Worldwide Developers Conference in San Francisco announced its online TV service is now available on the Apple TV set-top box. Single-stream, beta multi-stream, Sling Latino and Sling International are available to Sling subs after downloading the app from the App Store on fourth-generation Apple TV.
“Apple TV is our most requested platform," Roger Lynch, CEO of Sling TV, said in a statement. “Incorporating Apple TV innovations like touch with the Siri Remote will enable [us] to deliver the highly polished experience Apple fans have come to expect.”
Separately, Sling said rollout of an updated user interface includes a personalization feature called “My TV,” which allows subs to select their favorite channels, resume watching where they left off on select programs and set favorite shows and movies for one-click access.
The new UI includes enhanced content discovery, improved navigation and the ability to easily access content based on genres.
Sling also bowed 12 Viacom channels, in addition to Fox’s FS2 and on-demand content from FXX and Nat Geo Wild, across its beta multi-stream and single-stream services, including Comedy Central, BET, Spike, MTV and Nick Jr., among others.
The channel additions underscore Dish’s ongoing retransmission renewal strategy incorporating over-the-top video distribution going forward. In addition to re-upping traditional broadcast transmission agreements, Dish leverages the renewals with digital access.
With access the new channels from Viacom and Fox, Sling TV now offers more than 365 channels and more than 50,000 hours of on-demand and replay content across all its services.
“By delivering these channels to consumers in our core and ‘Extra’ packs, we are giving them the flexibility to personalize their Sling TV service to fit their needs,” Lynch said.