By John Laposky
Englewood, Colo. — Sling TV has landed its whale: HBO.
The over-the-top service from Dish Network is “the first live Internet TV service to offer linear and video-on-demand (VOD) content from HBO,” the company said.
Sling TV with HBO will be available on all devices supported by Sling TV, including Amazon Fire TV and Fire TV Stick; current-generation Roku players and Roku TV models; Xbox One; Android and iOS devices; and Macs and PCs. HBO will be available in time for the “Game of Thrones” and “Silicon Valley” season premieres on April 12, Sling TV said.
“HBO delivers hit shows and movies that TV viewers crave, and with this addition we’re adding another heavy hitter to a lineup that includes ESPN, AMC, TNT and more.”
HBO will be available for $15 per month when customers sign up for the “Best of Live TV” core package. The new offering includes one live channel and the same extensive VOD library HBO provides on its other platforms.
“It is has always been our desire to make the HBO subscription widely accessible,” said Tom Woodbury, global distribution president, HBO. “Sling TV is a part of that ongoing evolution, and we believe HBO is a great addition to the platform.”
Sling TV’s “Best of Live TV” $20 core package includes ESPN, ESPN2, AMC, A&E, TNT, History Channel, H2, TBS, Food Network, HGTV, Travel Channel, IFC, El Rey, Adult Swim, Cartoon Network, ABC Family, Disney Channel, CNN, Lifetime and Galavision. This package additionally features access to WatchESPN, including ESPN3 and an array of VOD entertainment.
Details regarding the exact launch date of HBO on Sling TV “will be announced soon.”