Dish’s Sling TV to Launch HBO Internet-Streaming Service

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Dish Network said its Sling TV online TV service will offer HBO in time for the premium cabler’s “Game of Thrones” and “Silicon Valley” season premieres April 12, under a broader pact between the satcaster and Time Warner Inc.

HBO will be available on the over-the-top service for $15 per month, in addition to Sling TV’s $20 monthly baseline price. That will include one live channel and the same on-demand library that HBO provides on its other platforms, including HBO Go, with access to every original series from the network.

HBO also is launching HBO Now — which doesn’t require subscribing to any cable, satellite or telco TV service — with Apple TV and Cablevision Systems as a standalone service.

“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 Dish’s Sling TV, said in announcing the launch. “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.”

The Sling TV pact for HBO was part of a larger, multiyear agreement between Dish and Time Warner’s Turner Broadcasting and HBO, announced Wednesday. That ensures continued carriage on Dish of TNT, TBS and other Turner nets on Dish, which last fall dropped CNN, Cartoon Network and five of the programmer’s smaller nets for about a month before the parties reached a temporary resolution.

Sling TV, officially launched in February, currently provides 20 networks in its core $20-per-month lineup — a slimmed-down bundle aimed as price-sensitive, younger consumers who are averse to full-blown pay-TV. The key property here is ESPN: It’s the priciest cable net in the biz at around $6 per month per sub on a wholesale basis. Others include AMC, TNT, TBS, Food Network, HGTV, Travel Channel, Disney Channel, CNN, A&E, History and Lifetime. Sling TV also offers optional $5-per-month add-on tiers.

In a statement, Tom Woodbury, president of global distribution for HBO, added: “It has always been our desire to make the HBO subscription widely accessible. Sling TV is a part of that ongoing evolution, and we believe HBO is a great addition to the platform.”

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  1. Racer Joe says:

    BB was bankrupt before DISH bought it for the movie library. You might be right about the “dinosaur” thing, though…only dinosaurs would:

    -be the first to market with a streaming offering;
    -offer a DVR with a built-in Slingbox and 2 terabytes of storage;
    -come up with a way for viewers to automatically skip commercials;
    -accept bitcoin as payment;
    -etc etc.

    What is so much more high-tech about any other cable/sat company?

    As far as a la carte, blame the networks, not the cable/sat companies. They’re the ones that require bundling.

  2. steve wykle says:

    Why the excitement over adding HBO streaming? If it’s anything like the current HBO that is an add-on to the regular satellite packages, I wont be interested. HBO plays the same movies over and over for months that many times are only slightly newer that the movies offered on AMC. Now if there content will be truely on-demand, current and have a vast selection of movies, I may sing a different tune. I used to like Blockbuster’s movie selections (albeit they didn’t stream on-demand that I know of), but they are no more.

    Now if Redbox were to offer streaming videos, I would definitely be interested in that. Their movies are much newer than HBO (excluding on-demand), Netflix, and most other movie channels and alot cheaper with a larger variety!

    What Dish needs to do is drop at least 3/4 of the shopping channels that clutter up the station lineup. At the very least, they need to group all the shopping channels together. The way they intersperse those channels throughout the package lineup is VERY annoying. I don’t want to watch those channels so I should be able to skip over them as I do with all the unending sports channels. Better yet, they should allow complete ala-carte selection of channels to those of us who only watch 10 or less selective channels out of the 250 or so they put in their packages.

    Dish is fast becoming the dinasour that caused the demise of Blockbuster. Their fingers are clearly not on the pulse of the current generation, nor the not-so-current generations for that matter. On the flip side, one good thing I have to applaud them on is taking a hardline approach to slow down the ridiculous price increases from some of these networks during renewal negotiations. Even though I watched some of those channels they didn’t end up renewing, I understand the decisions to drop them was for the greater good to reel in costs to minimize increased fees to the consumer.

    Sorry for the ranting. I guess I just had to get a few things off my chest about my disapointment with their movie lineups, etc.


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