One of the more exciting tidbits of news out of CES 2015 so far is that Dish-owned company Sling has announced Sling TV. Sling TV is a streaming cable service that is breaking the traditional cable TV mold.
For $20 a month and no contract, users get access to live TV channels of ESPN, Disney, TNT, CNN, TBS, HGTV, Food Network, Cartoon Network, and Adult Swim.
While the app will release for Roku, Amazon Fire TV, Windows, and OSX, the biggest piece is that this app launch is exclusive to Xbox One as described in Microsoft’s blog post. Xbox Live users also get a free one month trial.
Needless to say, 2015 certainly seems to be the year where TV takes a step in the right direction.
Our vision at Xbox is to bring your games and entertainment together. Important to that vision is our focus on partnering with television providers and content distributors to deliver rich, differentiated TV and video experiences. Today, we’re pleased to share the news of a relationship with the newly announced Sling TV, which is backed by DISH. Sling TV is an over-the-top, television service that will deliver live sports, lifestyle, family, news and information channels, Video-On-Demand (VOD) entertainment, and the best of Internet video for $20 per month. With Sling TV, there’s no commitment, contract, credit check, hardware installation, or hidden fees. Channels will include ESPN, ESPN2, TNT, TBS, Food Network, HGTV, Cartoon Network, and Disney Channel. And Xbox One will be the exclusive gaming console when it launches in the coming weeks.