As part of a new deal between Dish Network and Time Warner’s Turner Broadcasting and HBO, the satellite company’s streaming service Sling TV will become the first live Internet TV service to offer standalone HBO, TheWrap has learned.
The HBO service will be available across all devices that support Sling TV and launch in time for the premiere of “Game of Thrones” Season 5 on April 12. A specific date has yet to be announced.
Customers who subscribe to Sling TV’s $20 “Best of Live TV” core package can add HBO for $15 per month. The streaming service, which launched in January, offers live, linear content from ESPN, Scripps networks, the Turner group and other networks as well as Video-on-Demand options and access to peripherals like WatchESPN.
Similarly, the new HBO deal will include live programming as well as VOD content and be available on all devices that currently support Sling TV, including Amazon Fire, Roku, Xbox One, Android and iOS devices and computers.
“Sling TV is bringing HBO to our customers on all of our supported devices in time for one of the most important TV moments of the year,” Roger Lynch, CEO of Sling TV said in a statement.
“We’re pleased that the Dish customers we all serve can continue to enjoy Turner and HBO’s popular programming on multiple platforms,” Time Warner said in a statement announcing its distribution agreement Wednesday morning.
Sling TV is owned by Dish Network but operates independently of the satellite company.