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Television as we know begins to change this week

Television as we know begins to change this week

The Pocket Theatre
January 26, 2015

“Cutting the cord” is about to happen — at least for a select few.

Beginning this week, Dish Network will start handing out invitations for its new Web-based streaming video service, Sling TV. Better still, Dish Network promises that the service will be “widely available in the next couple weeks,” according to Re/Code.

First introduced earlier this month, Sling TV offers access to live feeds from ESPN, ESPN2, TNT, TBS, Food Network, HGTV, Travel Channel, Adult Swim, Cartoon Network, Disney Channel, ABC Family, and CNN. The cost: $20 per month. Addition channel packs will be available for $5 per month each.

Supported devices include: Amazon Fire TV, Amazon Fire TV Stick, Google’s Nexus Player, select LG Smart TVs, Roku players, Roku TV models, select Samsung Smart TVs, Xbox One from Microsoft, iOS, Android, Mac, and PC.

Want to receive your own Sling TV invitation? Click here for more information.


As we previously discussed, Sling TV isn’t the only service that hopes to change the television landscape.

In October, HBO announced that it will offer a standalone streaming service in 2015.

HBO Chairman and CEO Richard Plepler said:

So, in 2015, we will launch a stand-alone, over-the-top, HBO service in the United States. We will work with our current partners.  And, we will explore models with new partners.  All in, there are 80 million homes that do not have HBO and we will use all means at our disposal to go after them.

For $5.99 per month, CBS All Access already offers subscribers “thousands of episodes from the current season, previous seasons and classic shows on demand, as well as the ability to stream local CBS Television stations live in 14 of the largest U.S. markets at launch.”

Are you getting excited for the launch of Sling TV?

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