Dish Network's Sling TV Streaming Service Headed to Xbox One
Targeting cord-cutters, the Sling TV video streaming app will hit Microsoft's console in the "coming weeks."Satellite TV provider Dish Network has lined up a major partner for its new live TV video streaming service. Sling TV, which enables consumers to watch TV programming over their broadband connections without a cable subscription, is coming to Microsoft's Xbox One gaming and media streaming consoles, the companies announced on Jan. 5, coinciding with the service's launch at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas. Despite its name, Sling TV, an Englewood, Colo.-based Dish Network subsidiary, is not connected to Sling Box maker Sling Media. "Today, we're pleased to share the news of a relationship with the newly announced Sling TV, which is backed by DISH," said Microsoft in a statement. "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." Subscribers will be able to view ESPN, ESPN2, TNT, TBS, Food Network, HGTV, Cartoon Network and the Disney Channel with the Sling TV app for the Xbox One. It joins a wide and growing array of media streaming options for the Xbox One, including Netflix, Hulu Plus and Microsoft's own Xbox Video. Users with Xbox Live plans get a free, monthlong trial when the app is released.
"We're committed to bringing great entertainment options to gamers and our relationship with Sling TV is an important milestone in that journey and in offering more choices to our Xbox fans," said Mike Nichols, corporate vice president of Marketing for Xbox, in a statement.