December 23, 2019
Online TV pioneer Sling TV Dec. 23 raised subscription pricing 20% to 25% depending on the monthly service plan. It is the second price increase by Dish Network since it launched Sling in 2015, priced at $20 monthly.
Sling Orange and Sling Blue are now priced at $30, with a Sling Orange/Blue combo offered at $45/month (from $40/month). The TV add-on also increased by $5 to $25. Add-on packages include premium movie, sports and TV programming.
Notably, Sling TV — which tallied more than 2.6 million subs at the end of Q3 — was the first online service to offer standalone access to ESPN following Dish’s landmark carriage agreement with Disney. Now Sling is offering DVR functionality (up to 10 hours) for ESPN and other content channels, which includes the ability to skip commercials during playback.
“Sling customers have been clear: they want more live news and sports, and they want a cloud DVR included at purchase — and we listened,” Warren Schlichting, EVP/group president, Sling TV, said in a statement. “Over the past five years, we have proven our dedication to making Sling an exceptional value with unmatched flexibility. These announcements today are further proof points that Sling is the premier live streaming service.”
Other changes include Sling TV adding Fox News, MSNBC and CNN’s HLN to Sling Blue base service. Fox Business Network launching into Sling Blue News Extra.
Big Ten Network (BTN) will launch on Sling TV ahead of the 2020-21 college football season. FXM will launch into Sling Blue Hollywood Extra, which will also add FXX, including the linear feed.
Nat Geo Wild is joining Sling Blue Heartland Extra, including the linear feed.
Sling Orange recently launched Longhorn Network and ACC Network to the service’s Sports Extra, as well as the ability to record Disney and ESPN channels with Sling TV’s Cloud DVR.