Just days after the official Sling TV release date today Dish and Amazon have some exciting news regarding watching live TV on our Android devices. More specifically the Amazon Fire TV and Fire TV stick. Earlier this week Dish officially launched Sling TV to the public, and now it’s available on more platforms for easy viewing.
Earlier this year at CES 2015 Dish announced a brand new product called Sling TV. This impressive new service is a $20 a month subscription and companion app that lets you watch a collection of live TV including ESPN online on your Xbox One, Amazon Fire TV, Nexus Player, Roku, Mac, PC, as well as both Android and iOS without a regular cable subscription.
The initial release was limited to Android or iOS devices, PC and Mac, the Roku family and media streaming and a few other devices, but a few main options were left out. Those being the Amazon Fire TV, the Fire TV stick, and Google’s Nexus player. Today two of the three are now officially supported.
What this means is you can now watch a collection of live TV, sports, movies, cartoons and more over the internet right from the Amazon Fire TV and Stick, making the two media devices even more flexible, and offering more options than ever for content consumption.
For more details regarding Sling TV we’d encourage you to check out our hands-on and first impressions above. Essentially Sling TV offers a collection of some of the most popular channels from regular cable, without the huge packages and cable prices, delivering the essentials for only $20 a month to an array of our devices. Nearly 17 premium channels like Disney, AMC and ESPN are included in the regular $20 a month package, and additional channels can be added for small $5 increases to your contract-free monthly payments.
Here’s a breakdown of what’s available from Sling TV, all of which can now be installed and viewed on any Amazon Fire TV or Fire TV stick device.
Starting Package ($20 a month)
ESPN, ESPN2, AMC, TNT, TBS, Food Network, HGTV, Travel Channel, Adult Swim, Cartoon Network, ABC Family, Disney Channel, CNN, El Rey, Galavision, Maker Network.
In additional to the channels mentioned above in the starting core package, users can add these additional options to their Sling TV account for a small charge.
Sports Extra ($5 a month)
ESPN News, ESPN U, SEC ESPN Network, ESPN Buzzer Beater, ESPN Bases Loaded, ESPN Goal Line. Universal Sports, Bein Sports
Kids Extra ($5 a month)
Disney Junior, Disney XD, Boomerang, Baby TV and Duck TV
News and Information Extra ($5 a month)
DIY Channel, Cooking Channel, Bloomberg and HLN
As an added bonus those who sign up for three months of Sling TV, for only $20 a month ($60 total with no hidden fees) can get $50 off an Amazon Fire TV for a limited time, or a free Amazon Fire TV Stick. Essentially getting you one of the best media streaming devices available for free, or nearly free, all while enjoying everything Sling TV has to offer.
Along with the announcement of Sling TV being compatible with the Amazon Fire TV and Stick today, Amazon also confirmed the additions of Fox Sports Go, TED, WSJ Live, and some more games for its devices.
Both the Amazon Fire TV options, and Sling TV have plenty to offer, and now that they’ve teamed up to provide discounts and more content now is the perfect time to give both a try. There’s no word yet on when the Nexus Player will be supported, but it’s coming soon.