This year’s CES 2015 conference has been filled to the brim with big announcements from big tech companies, and even more from lesser known or upcoming technology firms looking to make a splash in the industry. The yearly conference is one of the first of the new year, so as always the next big thing always seems to rear its head at the event.
One of these is online streaming company Dish Network, who specialize in bringing streaming TV programs to the masses. It’s not the most new or unique service around, indeed there are oh so many services out there who get programming out over the internet – however, Dish Network’s Sling TV is looking to enter a previously less traveled path in streaming – getting big sporting events out online.
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The Sling TV package comes in at around $20 per month, and are now offering some big name channels and programs to their users, from sports to cartoons, featuring live streaming from channels such as ESPN, ESPN2, TNT, TBS, Food Network, HGTV, Travel Channel, Adult Swim, Cartoon Network, Disney Channel, ABC Family and CNN.
Content comes from Sling TV through downloadable apps on some big name set top boxes as well as games consoles, Amazon Fire TV, Amazon Fire TV Stick, Google’s Nexus Player, a select range of LG Smart TVs, Roku players, Roku TV models, several Samsung Smart TVs and also on the Xbox One.
Of course, usual on demand services such as live pausing rewinding and other features are available through Sling TV, but the biggest new feature, as said above, is getting prime time sports events from big channels onto the streaming platform. Not only is the app for Sling Tv coming for other platforms, but also the set top Slingbox is already out for directly getting the programming onto your TV.
With regards to sports, ESPN primarily is the biggest pull for fans in the US – the network hosts some of the biggest sports events of the year, such as record breaking college football matches which recently broke records for being the most watched broadcasts in the history of cable TV – Sling TV is going to make such broadcasts ready to watch over the internet thanks to the inclusion of ESPN on their platform.
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The Slingbox is also available in the UK and already most UK TV channels can be found on the device – it’s one of the big upcoming set top boxes for getting TV streamed to living rooms via the internet – all through an internet connection, which can end up being a cheaper price that signing on with a TV network for cable or satellite services.
Sling TV plans to bring these new channels to set top boxes and app services as soon as possible, check out the source link below for the full press release and more info.