Starting today, anyone can sign up for Sling TV, Dish Network’s over-the-top TV streaming service. The company announced that it was ending the invite-only beta for Sling TV and allowing anyone who wants to try it to take it for a spin.
Users can try the service free for 7 days, which will give them access to channels like ESPN, Food Network and USA. After that, they’ll have to pay $20 a month to keep the access going. Dish also offers a few extra packages that users can add on to their subscription for $5 per month to get extra news and kids programming.
In addition to opening the floodgates, Dish also unveiled Sling TV’s “Sports Extra” package, which will give sports fans who pay an extra $5 per month access to “SEC Network, ESPNEWS, ESPNU, Universal Sports, Univision Deportes, beIN Sports, and college sports live cut-in and highlights networks ESPN Buzzer Beater, ESPN Bases Loaded and ESPN Goal Line.”
Dish announced today that it partnered with AMC to add channels from that company’s lineup to its core package, which means anyone who pays for a $20 per month Sling TV subscription will soon get access to channels including AMC, BBC AMERICA, BBC World News, IFC, SundanceTV and WE tv.
The addition of those new channels makes Sling TV an even more robust service compared to what it was when I reviewed it earlier this month, and should help solve one of the issues I had with it. At the moment, the selection of channels available through Sling’s core package is sparse, and that means it’s possible for people to spend a whole lot of money every month on something that they may not find interesting half the time.