Dish Network Announces Web-Based Pay TV Service
January 5th, 2015 | by Kevin James Krotz
Satellite television provider Dish Network has announced a new streaming television service that will offer several popular networks for $20/month.
Announced at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas on Monday, the television provider’s new service is called Sling TV and will provide live and on-demand television delivered via an internet connection to television sets, computers and mobile devices.
The service, as described by Dish executives, will be cheaper and more convenient than traditional cable services. Execs also boasted that the service would deliver more choices for viewers looking for just a trimmed-down group of networks and programs that they want to watch.
“It is the launch of a whole new industry here,” Joseph Clayton, Dish’s chief executive, said in an interview. “We are innovators. We are disrupters. We don’t always make people happy because we challenge the status quo.”
Sling TV will not allow subscribers to choose specific networks, though. The service would offer bundles for less money than traditional cable service. Right now, the service will offer 12 of the most popular cable networks including ESPN, Disney Channel, Food Network, HGTV, TNT, TBS and CNN. Included in the bundle will be the Maker Studios network of YouTube stars. Unfortunately broadcast networks like ABC, CBS, NBC and Fox will not be included. For $10 per month, Sling TV users will also be able to buy add-on programming, such as children’s shows and news.
Dish Network’s streaming offering will most likely not completely disrupt the television industry, but its a start for those looking to cut cables.