I’d heard it was coming and now it’s here! It’s Sling TV – a $20/month streaming service which offers some of the most desirable cable channels. Today’s Washington Post article states:
“The streaming service by Dish Network doesn’t require a cable or satellite subscription, and for $20 a month it is seen as a disruptive force to the traditional paid television industry. Unlike the cable industry, the service doesn’t require long-term contracts or credit checks and can be canceled at any time.
Sling TV includes ESPN, ESPN 2, TNT, TBS, Food Network, HGTV, Travel Channel and CNN. At a later date, the basic package will include AMC, whose popular shows include “Walking Dead” and “Better Call Saul,” a premium channel that some analysts said was missing to make it a complete online offering.”
This is huge and a blow which could finally break cable’s – $70 a month, lots of channels no one wants, multiple year contracts- monopoly. My family and I don’t pay anything to our cable company except about $50/month to get an above average speed of internet. We have a $25 digital antenna which gets us the broadcast networks in excellent HD and we stream Netflix for $8 a month. I can’t wait to sign up and try out Sling TV. I’ll let you know what I discover about it…
8 tracks, cassette tapes, Betamax, laser disc, corded phones, dial-up internet, green screen monitors, high-priced cable TV – R.I.P.