TechCrunch and other publications are reporting that Sling TV will offer an HBO add-on option, beginning sometime this month. One HBO "channel," as well as video-on-demand content, will be available for $15 per month, on top of the core $20 Sling TV package that includes channels like ESPN, AMC, TNT, and Cartoon Network.
Sling TV, Dish's new over-the-top service designed for cord cutters, announced today that it will become the first Internet service to offer video-on-demand content from HBO starting this month, just in time for the "Games of Thrones" premiere. The HBO content will be available as an optional add-on at $15 per month - the same price point that Apple scored for its previously announced deal which will see it bringing HBO programming to its own customers through HBO NOW.
At Sling TV, the new option is being made available to Sling TV customers who sign up for the service's "Best of Live TV" core package, which is the $20 base programming lineup that offers subscribers access to a number of channels including 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.
On top of that, subscribers are able to add extra and optional packages that fit their needs, such as the "Kids Extra" package for families or the "Sports Extra" package for sports enthusiasts. It's in this optional lineup that HBO fits, the company explains. Those who choose to add HBO will receive one live HBO channel, as well as a video-on-demand library, similar to what's available on other platforms today.
"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," said Roger Lynch, CEO of Sling TV, in a statement released today confirming the deal. "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 company isn't currently announcing an exact launch date for the HBO option, only noting that it will arrive in time for the April 12th premiere of "Game of Thrones" and "Silicon Valley."
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