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Dish Slings EPIX Online

Bringing its first premium cable content to the Sling TV package, Dish announced today that it will add EPIX live and on-demand TV channels to its online video service. Both the linear and VoD content will be offered as part of an additional service tier, much in the same way Dish has bundled genre-based content for its Sports Extra, Kids Extra, and News & Info Extra add-on packs. The company hasn't yet released details on pricing or a launch date, but Dish is promising that the EPIX extras will be "accessible and affordable."

EPIX linear channels include EPIX, EPIX2, EPIX3, and EPIX Drive-In. Sling TV will offer "more than 2,000" EPIX on-demand titles.

Dish Network LLC (Nasdaq: DISH) debuted Sling TV on an invitation-only basis in late January, and opened the service up to the public just a week ago. At a cost of only $20 per month, Sling TV is significantly less expensive than traditional cable services. It is also an opening salvo by Dish in what could be a new battle between service providers promoting skinnier online TV packages. (See Sling TV – Like Pay-TV, but Skinnier.)

Sling TV offers more than a dozen TV networks in its basic service including Disney-owned ABC, ESPN and the Disney Channel, as well as content from stations like HGTV and Cartoon Network. Most recently Dish added Univision and AMC to the basic Sling TV package. The company's existing add-on channel packs are sold for an additional $5 per month. (See Sling TV Will Sling Univision Too and Sling TV Flips Switch, Adds AMC.)

On the premium content front, Sling TV will soon have competition from HBO. HBO is scheduled to launch its own online video service sometime this year, and analyst firm Parks Associates has already predicted that 17% of US broadband households "are likely to subscribe." (See Parks Predicts HBO OTT Success.)

— Mari Silbey, special to Light Reading

Phil_Britt 2/17/2015 | 7:17:31 AM
Re: Nice You are absolutely right about ESPN being the premium offering. Sports and still too iffy reception during storms (I'm in the Midwest, storms always in the weather) are the reasons cable still the best option for me and many like me who watch a significant amount of sports. 
danielcawrey 2/16/2015 | 12:02:40 PM
Nice Nice to see Dish is trying to continually add more content to its Sling service. I think the real killer offering is probably the fact that the service has ESPN. A lot of this other stuff like movies is just icing to the cake. 
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