Sling TV Has Good News for Those Who Want HBO but Won’t Pay for TV

/ Apr 1, 2015


Sling TV already has the biggest network and TV show on cable. Soon it will also have another heavy-hitter.

As part of a deal between parent companies Dish Network and Time Warner, Sling TV will offer HBO in time for the April 12 season premiere of the network’s highest-rated show “Game of Thrones.”

HBO will be available for $15 per month, the same price the network plans to charge for its standalone video service HBO Now.

Although, there are some differences between HBO on Sling TV versus HBO Now. To get HBO on Sling TV, the internet-TV will require users to first pay for its core “Best of Live TV” package, which is available for $20 per month and carries major cable channels such as ESPN and AMC. Here, the offering is similar to how HBO is available on traditional pay-TV, which also requires customers to first pay for a bundle of channels before even having the chance to pay for HBO.

That said, there is also a slight difference between HBO on Sling TV and HBO on regular pay-TV. On Sling TV, HBO is only offering a live, linear stream of its flagship channel, plus access to its complete VOD library of films and TV series and specials. On the other, an HBO subscription gets a slew of HBO- and Cinemax-branded channels.

Once launched, HBO on Sling TV will be available on all devices supported by internet-TV service, including iOS and Android smartphones and tablets, Macs and PCs, and connected-TV devices such as the Amazon Fire TV and the Fire TV stick, current-generation Roku streaming players and TV models, and the Xbox One. What this also means is that while Apple TV is the exclusive digital distribution partner for HBO Now, those who own other connected-TV devices and want access to HBO without first paying for a large cable TV package will need Sling TV.

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