Sling TV adds more networks, offering an alternative to cable(Read article summary)
Sling TV has added AMC and others to the networks it already provides, giving more options to TV viewers who don't have cable.
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Cutting the cord on cable got a little easier Wednesday for customers of Sling TV, Dish Network’s online streaming service.
That brings some of cable’s hottest shows, such as AMC’s “The Walking Dead,” “Better Call Saul” and “Mad Men” and IFC’s “Portlandia” to the service, which is viewable on Android and Apple mobile devices, via streaming boxes such as Roku and Amazon Fire, and on PCs and gaming consoles.
Sling also announced a new $5 movie add-on Wednesday that includes the Epix networks and Sundance TV. Offerings on Epix range from recent hits like “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” to classics like “Saturday Night Fever.”
Sling TV launched nationwide last month.
It does not require a subscription and comes without the installation fees and other charges that traditional cable often includes. Its offerings remain limited compared with cable, but Sling represents the most extensive package of networks offered in one streaming bundle so far.
Although Sling may certainly have appeal to folks considering ditching their cable subscriptions, the company has said its primary target is consumers who have already cut the cord in favor of streaming options such as Netflix, Amazon and Hulu.