Internet TV’s hottest name, Sling TV, has made a new conquest, Android TV. Sling channels will now play on all devices running the Android TV platform.
TV fans interested in cutting the cable cord and getting more options outside of traditional cable and satellite TV have scored a fresh victory. Sling TV will now play on all Android TV devices, making it the most flexible live standalone Internet TV service out there.
Sling TV, owned by DISH Network Corp., gives subscribers access to a suite of popular channels provided via the Internet, instead of by cables or satellite. The basic “Best of Live TV” package includes over 20 channels, among them AMC, TBS and ESPN, and costs $20/month.
Sling TV now plays on Roku, Roku TV, Amazon Fire TV, Amazon Fire TV Stick, Xbox One, Android and iOS devices, Macs and PCs, and Android TV.
“We’re committed to making Sling TV available on the most popular devices consumers use to stream live and on-demand entertainment,” said Roger Lynch, CEO of Sling TV.
The alternative TV service has been steadily expanding its offerings and availability since Sling TV’s launch in February. Just this month Sling TV expanded its content with two new “add-on” packages for Latino sports and entertainment.
Android TV, from Google, is also relatively new. Android TV launched in its current form this Spring. (Prior iterations, under the name of Google TV, failed and were scrapped.)
Android TV isn’t a media streaming device or an Internet TV service. Rather, it’s software developed to make Smart TVs even smarter. It acts like a search engine, and ‘recommendation engine’, to make it faster and easier to find TV shows, movies, online videos and other content to watch.
Android TV runs on Nexus player devices and is also being built into new TV models from Sony, Sharp and TP Vision.
To sweeten the deal and attract new customers, Google is offering Nexus players at half-price when buyers sign up for Sling TV.
The Sling TV app for Android TV is available for free in the Google Play store.