Dish Network Chairman Charlie Ergen is planning to take on Verizon and AT&T by creating a wireless video and data bundle, sources say. Ergen has spent the past six weeks aggressively building his $20-a-month Sling TV and meeting with programmers, sources say. Sling is expected to be paired with a cloud-based data service — using some of the $13 billion in wireless spectrum Dish won in a recent FCC auction.
Instead of enjoying the most watched Final Four game in 22 years Saturday night, Sling TV users endured high-profile streaming failures. Among the first real tests of how the streaming age handles appointment television, the results so far aren’t promising.
This is the second shoe to drop from the announcement today about Dish Network’s carriage agreements with Turner and HBO. The satellite company says that its $20 a month Sling TV streaming service will also offer HBO for an additional $15 beginning before April 12, when the new season of Game Of Thrones premieres.
Sling TV says it will add four channels from A+E Networks — A&E, History, H2 and Lifetime — to its “Best of Live TV” core package by the end of this month. The package will keep its current $20 monthly price tag.
New deal grants Sling TV live and VOD multi-stream rights. Terms cover all channels in the Epix portfolio including Epix, Epix2, Epix3 and Epix Drive-In.
SlingTV is not the perfect service, but it could be the opportunity you’ve been waiting for to ditch cable, the author says.
Dish’s live TV streaming service today announced the addition of AMC to its lineup. After starting with an invite-only list of channels earlier this year, Sling TV is now is open to all cord cutters.
Television is finally escaping the clutches of cable. The latest cable monopoly to fall is live TV. An Internet service launching Tuesday called Sling TV streams a dozen of the most popular networks Ã‚â€”for a flat $20 a month. Sling TV fills a big void for cable-cutters.
The FCC asked Dish Network Wednesday how it reached agreements to carry channels on its new Sling online TV service, as the agency’s review of Comcast’s $45 billion deal to acquire Time Warner Cable heats up. The agency wants “any and all of its agreements with the following programming entities relating to video programming to be provided on Dish’s Sling TV service,” including “all documents relating to each negotiation”: A&E Networks, CBS, Comcast, ABC, E.W. Scripps and Turner Broadcasting System.
For many TV viewers, the only reason to keep paying for expensive cable subscriptions is to watch sports. And for that, they invariably need ESPN, the powerful network that has exclusive rights to many of the country’s most popular football and basketball games. With yesterday’s announcement that Dish Network will offer ESPN and other cable programming with its new Sling TV streaming service, that linchpin is being removed. 2015 is shaping up to be the year when consumers have more reasons than ever to abandon the expensive bundles of cable channels offered by companies like Comcast and Verizon.
Dish Network plans to unveil the first major online television service from a cable or satellite company, a $20-a-month set of 12 channels that targets U.S. customers who don’t want to pay for larger, more expensive TV packages. Called Sling TV, the service will offer live feeds of sports, news and scripted shows on TVs, computers and mobile devices.
TiVo and SlingTV can add to the TV watching experience. Here’s a look at what each does — and why you might want both.