Sling TV makes its public launch today

Sling TV

Sling TV, announced by Dish Network at CES last month, is a new streaming TV service, and perhaps one of the most exciting developments for cord-cutters in a long time. While Netflix, Hulu, and others focuses on on-demand content, Sling TV seeks to fill in the gap in live television. At only $20/month, it seeks to offer fewer compromises than other streaming services, while still keeping costs down for cost-conscious younger consumers. Perhaps even better, it seeks to be as universally-accessible as possible, with Android and iOS apps, and access on Windows, Mac, and Roku.

The $20 package includes:

  • ESPN
  • ESPN2
  • TNT
  • TBS
  • Food Network
  • HGTV
  • Travel Channel
  • Cartoon Network/Adult Swim
  • The Disney Channel
  • ABC Family
  • CNN
  • El Rey
  • Galavision1

Kids Extra is an optional $5/month package that includes:

  • Disney Junior
  • Disney XD
  • Boomerang
  • Baby TV
  • Duck TV

News junkies can also be $/month for:

  • HLN
  • Cooking Channel
  • DIY
  • Bloomberg TV

Sports Extra is also $5 a month:

  • SEC Network
  • ESPN Buzzer Beater
  • ESPN Goal Line
  • ESPN Bases Loaded
  • Univision Deportes
  • Universal Sports
  • beIN Sports

Unfortunately, Chromecast and Apple TV are not supported yet. And AMC is nowhere to be found, which makes it a no-go for me. But Dish and Sling are working on correcting these oversights, so it will be very interesting to see how this service evolves in the coming months.

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John F

John was the editor-in-chief at Pocketables. His articles generally focus on all things Google, including Chrome and Android, although his love of new gadgets and technology doesn't stop there. His current arsenal includes the Nexus 6 by Motorola, the 2013 Nexus 7 by ASUS, the Nexus 9 by HTC, the LG G Watch, and the Chromebook Pixel, among others.

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