×
You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

Comcast Launches Dish’s Sling International TV Channels on X1

Comcast is now reselling one of its chief pay-TV rival’s services: Through a deal with Dish Network, the cable operator has launched international programming packages from Sling International via its Xfinity X1 set-top platform.

Sling International’s packages, which start at $10 per month, include multicultural content in 21 languages from about 395 international networks. On Comcast’s X1, the pricing for the channel packages will be “consistent” with its pricing on other platforms, the operator said.

Why would Comcast do business with Dish — companies that compete vigorously for market share? In short, Comcast’s strategy is to make its X1 television platform the one-stop-shop for all video and media accessed on a TV, including over-the-top streaming services. Comcast’s X1 already provides access to internet services including Netflix, Pandora, YouTube and NPR podcasts.

Comcast originally inked the deal with Dish’s Sling TV division the fall of 2016. The idea at the time was that the cable giant would offer Sling TV’s full complement of services — including the core “skinny” over-the-top bundles, but those are not currently available on X1. Both companies say they’re working to roll out additional Sling products on X1 down the road.

Sling’s international programming bundles are available in languages include Arabic, Hindi, Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam, English, Marathi, Kannada, Punjabi, Urdu, Bangla, Bengali, Brazilian, French, Italian, German, Polish, Vietnamese, Cantonese, Taiwanese and Mandarin.

Comcast X1 customers who are also existing Sling TV customers will be able to log in and access any of the international live or on-demand programming that’s part of their current package. New customers will be able to sign up directly through the Sling International app on X1.

POPULAR ON VARIETY:

More Digital

  • Tencent's Penguin Pictures Amps up Documentary

    Tencent's Penguin Pictures Amps up Documentary Mission

    Tencent Penguin Pictures grew out of Tencent Video to bring content to the Chinese tech giant’s video streaming platform — one of the world’s largest by user numbers. It is distinct from Tencent Pictures, another production division, which is more closely tied to Tencent’s own IP through its online literature, comics and gaming sectors. Penguin’s [...]

  • FilMart: HBO Asia CEO Jonathan Spink

    FilMart: HBO Asia CEO Jonathan Spink Praises Local Content Strategy

    CEO of HBO Asia since 2003, Jonathan Spink has seen the growth of pay-TV in Asia, the moves towards content localization and original production, and has faced up to the challenge of internet-based streaming services. He joins Variety on Monday in a keynote presentation at Hong Kong’s FilMart, and is expected to unveil an expanded [...]

  • Amazon Prime Video Direct

    Amazon's Prime Video Direct Is Cutting Royalty Fees for Low-Engagement Content

    Amazon is rejiggering the payment structure for its Prime Video Direct self-publishing program to reward the highest-performing content with higher rates — while reducing royalty rates for less-popular titles. Starting April 1, 2019, the standard license fee for all titles made available through Amazon’s Prime Video Direct for Prime subscription access in the U.S. will [...]

  • snapchat-logo

    Snapchat Said to Launch Gaming Inside Its App

    Snapchat is set to unveil a mobile gaming platform for its app at a partner event next month, according to a new Cheddar report. The platform will allow developers to distribute games within Snapchat’s app, according to the report. A Snapchat spokesperson declined to comment. Snapchat’s corporate parent Snap is set to hold its first [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content