Amazon Fire tablets get 14-day free Sling TV trial

31 Aug 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Sling TV Coming to Amazon Fire Tablets.

Sling TV may have suffered some hiccups during Fear the Walking Dead’s premiere last week, but they apparently weren’t severe enough to derail the streaming video service’s expansion plans. Sling TV, the Dish-owned live TV service aimed at cord cutters – or those who never wanted to sign up for a traditional cable or satellite TV subscription in the first place – is today available on Amazon Kindle Fire tablets, including the Amazon Fire HD and HDX devices.Sling TV is an online TV streaming service which was launched earlier this year, over the past few months it has added support for more platforms and devices, that momentum continues today. This rounds out Sling’s already extensive device footprint, which also includes support for Amazon Fire TV and Fire TV Stick as well as host of other platforms, such as iOS, Android, Mac, PC, Nexus Player, Roku, and Xbox One.

Anyone with an Amazon Fire HDX 8.9, Fire HDX 7, Fire HD 7, or Fire HD 6 that’s interested in trying the service can get a free 14-day trial by downloading the Sling TV app from the Amazon app store. The service is now one of many offered by traditional pay TV providers as a way to tap into the growing number of viewers who prefer to stream television programming and movies to connected devices over the internet.

Additional devices that support Sling TV include Google’s Nexus Player, current-generation Roku players and Roku TV models, Xbox One, iOS and Android devices. The company said it had reached 169,000 subscribers by March 2015, but didn’t say how many it had by the end of June. (Outside estimates pegged it at having around 250,000.) However, despite the additions, Dish’s net pay-TV subscribers – a figure that now includes Sling customers – fell by 81,000 in the quarter. The basic $20 per month package includes channels such as ESPN, AMC, HGTV, TNT, A&E, there are separate packs which can be purchased to add more channels, HBO is available as well for an additional $15 per month. Check out TechHive’s Sling TV channel guide for a full walk-through of what each channel offers—supplementary features like the ability to pause/rewind, watch past shows, or watch videos on demand can vary wildly.

The core package delivers ESPN, ESPN2, AMC, A&E, TNT, HISTORY, H2, TBS, Food Network, HGTV, Travel Channel, IFC, El Rey, Adult Swim, Cartoon Network, ABC Family, Disney Channel, CNN, Bloomberg TV, Lifetime and Galavisión. Additional a la carte-like add-ons include “Sports Extra,” “Hollywood Extra,” “Kids Extra,” “Lifestyle Extra,” “World News Extra” and Latino add-ons, “Deportes Extras” and “Películas & Novelas Extra,” each for $5 per month. Sling TV L.L.C., a subsidiary of Dish Network Corporation (NASDAQ: DISH), provides over-the-top television services including domestic and international live and Video-On-Demand programming. Sling Latino offers a suite of standalone and add-on Spanish-language programming packages tailored to English-dominant, bilingual and Spanish-dominant U.S.

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