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Xbox One Sling TV: Dish Network Deal Brings Live Streaming TV to Gamers

By    |   Tuesday, 06 Jan 2015 08:33 AM

Xbox One announced its new Sling TV partnership with Dish Network on Monday, which will bring television programming to gamers via a new Internet streaming subscription service.

In a statement on its website, Xbox said Sling TV will stream content from channels like ESPN, TNT, TBS, HGTV, Cartoon Network, and The Disney Channel, for starters.

"Sling TV is an over-the-top, television service that will deliver live sports, lifestyle, family, news, and information channels, Video-On-Demand (VOD) entertainment, and the best of Internet video for $20 per month," the statement read. "With Sling TV, there’s no commitment, contract, credit check, hardware installation, or hidden fees."

Bassil El-Khatib, vice president of Sling TV, said in the Xbox statement that the new company will target millennials who they believe are underserved in the current pay television market.

"One of the keys to reaching this audience is being on the devices they use, and we know millions of consumers are turning on their Xbox every day to access content they love," El-Khatib said.

Mike Nichols, corporate vice president of marketing for Xbox, said the partnership fulfills a longtime goal of combining games and entertainment into one system.

"We're thrilled to partner with Sling TV as they bring this exciting new service to life, and we look forward to launching the Sling TV app on Xbox One in early 2015 as the first gaming console where the service is available," Nichols said in the Xbox statement. "We're committed to bringing great entertainment options to gamers and our relationship with Sling TV is an important milestone in that journey and in offering more choices to our Xbox fans."

The Verge's Chris Welch, though, said there are a lot of unknowns when it comes to the new partnership.

"Exactly where and when will you be able to watch ESPN? Also, Dish says it's got a huge catalog of video-on-demand programming to complement live TV," Welch wrote. "That includes some Internet content producers like Maker Studios. Dish says Sling TV will launch later this month, so it won't be long before you get to try out its take on Internet TV."

"The big question is whether it'll prove worth paying for in addition to Netflix and, eventually, HBO. Just don't count on sharing it with anyone: There's a single-stream limit at all times," he continued.

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