Those who fall into the consumer category of cord cutters surely aren’t lacking in movies and shows to watch or music to listen to. But despite dozens of various streaming services coming and going over the last several years, there has still been only one way to watch live TV. Until now.
Today at CES, Dish TV has unveiled the next generation of live television. Dubbed Sling TV, thanks to Dish, consumers finally have a new option in watching some of today’s most desirable cable television content from anywhere at anytime. For just $20 a month, Sling TV users will be able to use the Internet to access live, real-time broadcasts from ESPN, ESPN2, TNT, TBS, Food Network, HGTV, Travel Channel, Adult Swim, Cartoon Network, Disney Channel, ABC Family and CNN.
At $20 a month with limited content providers, Dish is taking an interesting approach to giving consumers what they want. Instead of charging something close to what your normal cable costs and bundling in dozens of unwanted channels, Dish is working with its most popular partners offering a more curated approach. If you want to add more channels, $5 themed add-on packs let you customize how much you pay for TV service and what kind of channels you get. Dish has already announced a “Kids Extra” add-on pack with Disney Junior, Disney XD, Boomerang, Baby TV and Duck TV, and a “News & Info Extra” add-on with HLN, Cooking Channel, DIY and Bloomberg TV. A sports themed add-on pack is coming soon as well.
As for how you will be able to access Sling TV, supported versions of Android will have an app, there is a Sling TV website, and Google’s Nexus Player along with the Amazon Fire TV and Fire TV Stick will have access to the service.
Every year we like to look at the news coming out of CES and imagine which products, services or announcements will have the biggest impact on the industry in the coming years. It’s hard not to think Sling TV could finally be the tipping point that flips the TV industry on its head. Sling TV will be launching soon, stay tuned for more details as they’re made available.