Dish Announces New Over-the-Top Service Sling TV

Customers will receive access to ESPN and other channels for a $20 monthly fee

Last Updated: January 5, 2015 @ 12:17 PM

Dish Network is going over the top with its latest offering.

The company announced Monday that it is launching a new over-the-top service, Sling TV, which will make programming available on television, smart phones, tablets, computers and game consoles.

The service, which will be available starting in the first quarter of this year, will cost $20 a month.

For that fee, customers will receive access to ESPN, ESPN2, TNT, TBS, Food Network, HGTV, Travel Channel, Adult Swim, Cartoon Network, Disney Channel, ABC Family and CNN. The service is expected to be available on devices including Amazon Fire TV, Amazon Fire TV Stick, Google Nexus Player, select LG Smart TVs, Roku players, Roku TV models, select Samsung Smart TVs, Xbox One, iOS, Android, Mac and PC.

“Sling TV provides a viable alternative for live television to the millennial audience,” Dish president and CEO Joseph P. Clayton said of the upcoming service Monday. “This service gives millions of consumers a new consideration for pay-TV; Sling TV fills a void for an underserved audience.”

Added Sling TV CEO Roger Lynch, “Consumers can now watch their favorite shows on their favorite devices that they already use to watch video. Live television, including ESPN, for $20 per month with no commitment or contract, is a game changer. “The arrival of Sling TV lets consumers, who’ve embraced services like Netflix and Hulu, take more control of their video entertainment experience.”