Discovery+ Launching on Sling TV and Dish TV

Discovery+ Aug. 8 launched on Sling TV and will launch on Dish TV Aug. 25, Warner Bros. Discovery and Dish Network announced.

Sling and Dish users can access the streaming service for $4.99 per month, or upgrade to a commercial-free subscription for $6.99 per month. Those looking to add Discovery+ as an a la carte streaming service, or add to their Sling Free account, will get a seven-day free trial of the channel.

Titles available at launch include Hillsong: A Megachurch Exposed, “Conjuring Kesha,” “90 Day: The Single Life” and more from the “90 Day” universe, “Fixer Upper: Welcome Home” and “Unprecedented.”

All Sling users, including users of Sling Free or any Sling subscription, may customize their viewing experience by adding Discovery+ as a premium a la carte streaming service. 

“Providing our customers with the best entertainment experience has always been our number one priority at Dish and Sling,” Gary Schanman, group president of Sling TV, said in a statement. “The addition of Discovery+ on our platforms offers iconic and acclaimed content for the a la carte experience our customers love. We offer more than 50 premium a la carte services to enable our users to customize their viewing experience, all with a single account login so they can easily manage their services in one place.”

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“With Discovery+, we are committed to making our world-class content accessible to all of our fans across all platforms, and this partnership with Sling and Dish allows us to deliver on that commitment,” Gabriel Sauerhoff, SVP of digital distribution and commercial partnerships for Warner Bros. Discovery, said in a statement. “We always put our dedicated viewers at the forefront of our decision making, and we’ll continue to do so as we expand the reach of our beloved programming, talent and brands.”

More than 70,000 episodes of current and classic shows are available on Discovery+ from Discovery’s portfolio of networks, including HGTV, Food Network, TLC, ID, OWN, Travel Channel, Discovery Channel, Animal Planet and Magnolia Network, along with more than 200 Discovery+ original titles and hundreds of hours of exclusive content. Additionally, the service offers top non-fiction content from A&E, The History Channel and Lifetime, and an expansive offering of nature and environmental programming.

Sling TV Offsets Q3 Dish Subscriber Losses

Sling TV is back.

Dish Network Nov. 7 said it added 214,000 Sling subscribers in the third quarter, ended Sept. 30. That compared to a gain of 26,000 Sling subs in the previous-year period. Sling ended the period with 2.69 million subs, up 13.5% from 2.37 million subs at the same time last year.

Launched in 2015 as the first standalone online TV service, Sling helped create a market that now includes YouTube TV, AT&T TV Now, Philo TV and Fubo TV, among others.

Meanwhile, the legacy Dish satellite TV service continued to shrink, losing 66,000 subs in the period, a significant improvement from 367,000 subs lost last year. Dish ended the period with 9.49 million Dish subs, down from 10.28 million subs at the same time last year.

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Net pay-TV subs increased approximately 148,000 subs in the third quarter, compared to a decline of approximately 341,000 subs in the third quarter of 2018. To mitigate pay-TV sub losses, Dish unveiled a Flex Pack skinny bundle consisting of more than 50 channels and the choice of one of 10 themed add-on channel packs, which include, among others, local broadcast networks and kids and general entertainment programming.

“While we plan to implement these and other new marketing efforts for our Dish TV services, there can be no assurance that we will ultimately be successful in increasing our gross new Dish TV subscriber activations,” the company disclosed in its regulatory filing.