Wednesday , January 22 2020

Dish beefs up Sling TV with cable news channels, hikes price

Bloomberg

Dish Network Corp’s Sling TV is gearing up for a big election news cycle, with the addition of Fox News, MSNBC and CNN’s HLN to its live TV streaming service. But the change comes with a price increase, the second since its launch almost five years ago.
Subscriptions to the multiscreen Blue plan will rise to $30 a month from $25, Sling said in a statement. The sports-loaded Orange plan will also increase by $5 to $30 a month. The combination package, which was $40, will now be $45 a month, up $5.
Sling TV is one of the largest live online TV service, with 2.7 million subscribers. And even with the price increases, it is still one of the lowest- priced services available online. AT&T Now, previously named DirecTV Now, has about 1.1 million customers and the price starts at $50.
Sling is now offering all customers 10 hours of free Cloud DVR storage for recorded shows and has a 50-hour option for $5 a month.
Live TV is one facet of a much larger online streaming industry dominated by services like Netflix Inc, Hulu and Amazon.com Inc’s Prime Video. The growth of streaming options has hastened the decline in cable and satellite TV subscriptions.

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