Sling TV improves basic package and adds Latino sports and entertainment channelsBy Jeremy Evans / May 13, 2015 / Tags: Cut Cable, Internet TV, Sling TV
- Sling TV added Bloomberg News to the basic subscription package
- New add-on packages deliver Spanish-language sports and TV channels
Sling TV has been steadily adding to the content it offers subscribers. The Internet TV company, owned by DISH Network and launched in February, aims to offer TV fans a solid alternative to traditional cable and satellite TV.
The latest changes give basic subscribers access to a new channel, Bloomberg News. Bloomberg was previously only available as part of the World News add-on.
The standard ‘Best of Live TV’ package now includes 20 channels (21 if you count Adult Swim and Cartoon Network separately), plus access to Sling’s video-on-demand library. The cost will stay the same at $20/month. Sling TV added more movie channels recently in another extra package.
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Sling TV has also added new content for Spanish-speaking audiences. Deportes Extra, for an additional $5/month, will deliver fútbol matches and more, complete with Spanish commentary.
The new Novelas & Películas Extra, also $5/month, will allow subscribers to watch popular telenovelas and películas in Spanish.
The launch of new add-on packages makes Sling the first Internet TV provider to offer domestic and Latino programming in a single, flexible package. Sling TV said in a blog post that this is only the beginning of its roll-out of Spanish-language channels and content.
While Sling TV certainly won’t win over a large segment of the cable and satellite market, it is making strides. More and more consumers are looking for alternative TV options, and freedom from high-priced, inflexible cable and satellite packages.
By arriving on the scene fairly early, and with a solid lineup of popular channels—including AMC and ESPN— Sling TV scooped up customers who’d been waiting for Internet TV done right. Customers seem to be happy with the service, and critics give good reviews to Sling TV.
It will see some direct competition soon, though, and from a heavy-hitting tech company. Apple is planning to launch a new streaming service of its own. Apple’s Internet TV service is expected to debut in September with a similar price tag and lineup of channels. The new Apple TV 2015 model, due out in June, will also come ready to work with the streaming service.
That could give Sling some stiff competition. But for customers and anyone looking to cut the cable cord, competition is a good thing. A very good thing.