You might call me a “cable cutter.” I’ve never actually owned cable in my adult life, but I’ve managed to happily exist without it. With a monthly subscription to both Hulu Plus and Netflix, I’m pretty much set for content.
There are a few downsides, though. For example, I can’t watch certain shows live. Long after everyone else knows what happens in The Walking Dead, I’m still waiting for the season to show up on Netflix.
Sling TV makes watching cable shows in real time possible without having to purchase a full subscription. The company is now allowing anyone in the U.S. to join up for $20 per month without needing an invitation. Plus, new channels, like AMC, BBC America, and IFC, are going to be included in the core package.
Sling TV will provide live television shows from such networks as ESPN, TNT, Food Network, CNN, Cartoon Network, and more for $20 per month. Plus, for an additional $5 per month each, subscribers can add on packages like “Sports Extra,” “Kids Extra,” and “News & Info Extra.”
Thanks to a newly penned deal for over-the-top (OTT) programing and multi-streaming rights for live and video on-demand (VOD) content, AMC Network’s portfolio will be included with the core package over the coming weeks, including AMC, BBC America, BBC World News, IFC, SundanceTV and WE tv.
You may recall, even though Sling TV is supported on Android, iOS, and Roku (and soon Amazon Fire TV), it is not AirPlay compatible and not all of the ESPN content is available on all devices.
In its current state, Sling TV may not be the cable cutters’ dreams come true. It isn’t exactly the à la carte channel choice offering we have always hoped for.
However, it certainly shows that T.V. viewers are tired of the status quo. This could be the start of something much better for consumers in the future.
You can sign up today for a free, seven-day trial from the company’s website. You can cancel at any time, but if you like what you see, you can continue your subscription for $20 per month, plus $5 for any Extras packages you want to add.