Couch potatoes, rejoice: Sling TV is open for business

The online-streaming smorgasbord just got expanded.

Sling TV, the over-the-top, or OTT, streaming service operated by Dish Network, is now up and running.

Dish announced on Monday that the service, which is designed to for content-hungry cord-cutters who are looking for entertainment they can easily stream through smart TVs, digital media players and even mobile apps,  is available through a free seven-day trial. If you’re hooked, you’ll start paying Dish $20 a month, which will buy you more than a dozen channels including CNN and ESPN.

Sling TV also announced that it is adding AMC Networks to its lineup, and that it will be available in the coming weeks.

Sling TV CEO Roger Lynch shared the good news this morning, according to a post on USA Today:

“We flipped the switch this morning opening up Sling TV to all consumers, and we’re giving them something they’ve been asking for: AMC,” said Sling TV CEO Roger Lynch in a statement. “Soon Sling TV will deliver hits like The Walking Dead and Mad Men with AMC included in our core package. We found a great partner in AMC Networks with a wide range of popular channels to help us quickly make that a reality.”

Sling TV also announced the roster of its Sports Extra package, available for an additional $5 each month: ESPNEWS, ESPNU, The SEC Network, Universal Sports, Univision Deportes, beIN Sports and live gameday channels ESPN Buzzer Beater, ESPN Bases Loaded and ESPN Goal Line.

There’s more: On-demand movies “such as Fury can be rented, too ($4.99 for HD, $3.99 for standard-def), and Sling has some DVR-like features in that some programs that have been aired in the last three days can be watched. The Sling TV app is available on current-generation Roku and Roku TV devices, Android and iOS apps, as well as Windows and Macintosh computers. Support for Amazon Fire TV and Fire TV Stick is expected soon.”

Credit: AP Photo/Sling TV

 

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