Exciting news in the world of cord cutters this week: Dish’s Sling TV will be the first live internet TV service to offer VOD content from HBO, and the new service will be available Sunday, April 12 — just in time for the hotly awaited “Game of Thrones” premiere.
Customers who sign up for Sling’s “Best of Live TV” package—which, for a $20 monthly baseline, includes ESPN, AMC, A&E, TNT, History Channel, IFC, Cartoon Network and a whole lot more—can access HBO for an extra $15 a month. Not a bad deal, considering. Sling’s HBO service includes the same library offered on other platforms, including HBO Go, which has all of the network’s original series.
HBO’s own a la carte service, HBO Now, will also launch in April with Apple TV and Cablevision Systems.
Sling TV’s curated bundle of streaming TV channels launched in February and is available across streaming devices, online and on set-tops like Roku, Amazon’s Fire TV, Google’s Nexus Player and more. Throughout the year, Dish promises to expand SlingTV’s offerings — which, as overall emphasis in TV continues to shift away from the old world of cable boxes, could mean we’ll see content from broadcast networks Fox, ABC, CBS and NBC.