“Lots of people say they want to ditch cable TV for the Web, but can’t because they want to watch sports — specifically the stuff on ESPN, which has a hammerlock on much of the sports world,” Peter Kafka reports for Re/code.
“Now they will finally get a chance: Dish’s new Web-TV service, which the company is formally announcing today, lets you stream ESPN, over the Web, for $20 a month,” Kafka reports. “Dish’s ‘Sling TV’ offering, which the company says will launch ‘soon,’ also comes with 10 other non-ESPN channels, including the Food Network, CNN and the Travel Channel, and the ability to add more networks for additional fees.”
“One big omission from Sling TV’s launch list is Apple TV, which Dish says it would like to work with but can’t because of the rigid user interface rules Apple imposes on programming partners. Apple TV users will be able to get Sling TV on their set top by using an iPhone or iPad and ‘mirroring’ the stream to their sets, but Dish isn’t playing that up,” Kafka reports. “Dish wants you to know that Sling TV has nothing to do with its Sling Media and Slingbox products, but doesn’t explain why it used the same brand.”
Read more in the full article here.
MacDailyNews Take: Sling Media lawsuit over that name in 3… 2…
We’ll see how long Dish keeps that rate at $20/mo.
[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Lynn Weiler” for the heads up.]