Cable companies should take note; the cord-cutting revolution has begun in earnest. Somewhat ironically, it's a satellite TV provider that's disrupting the landscape. Specifically, Dish Network and its potentially game-changing Sling TV web television service, which has reportedly amassed over 100,000 subscribers since launching a month ago.
Sling TV's base package is $20 per month and includes ESPN, ESPN2, AMC, Foot Network, HGTV, Disney Channel, TNT, El Rey Network, Travel Channel, TBS, Maker, Adult Swim, CNN, IFC, Cartoon Network, ABC Family, and Golovision. Four optional add-on packages for sports, movies, kid friendly content, and news are available at $5 a pop, and you can trial the base service at no cost for 7 days.
This à la carte style of streaming is what makes Sling TV so attractive, as evidenced by the number of viewers who have jumped on board in the past several weeks. Relatively few people are likely to be interested in the whole shebang, leaving viewers with an opportunity to build a custom package that's relatively affordable. Sports fans, for example, can sign up for the base service and add the Sports Extra package for a total monthly bill of just $25.
Also working in Sling TV's favor is the lack of commitment -- there's no contract to sign, nor is there a credit check or hardware to lease. Sling TV works with a number of existing devices, including Amazon Fire TV and Fire TV Stick, Google's Nexus Player, select LG Smart TVs, Roku players and TV models, select Samsung Smart TVs, Xbox One, iOS, Android, Mac, and PC. And in the coming months, Sling TV says it will add support for more streaming devices and smart TV models.
If it sounds like something you're interested in, you can find out more on Sling TV's website, including special offers on streaming hardware.