Sling TV To Offer Free Content, A La Carte Channels

Sling TV has announced some substantial changes to their services. Changes include free content to non subscribers, and the ability to subscribe to certain channels (as well as purchase PPVs) without a base subscription.

Some details from Sling:

Watch free content, without a base subscription
Upon re-opening the Sling TV app, returning customers can now access more than 100 hours of free TV shows and movies without restarting their subscription. Ribbons within the “My TV” interface dedicated solely to free shows and movies will highlight top content, which at launch will include “Wrecked,” “The Detour,” “Good Behavior,” “Flip or Flop” and more.

Purchase à la carte channels
Consumers can now purchase select channels in an à la carte fashion and watch them through the Sling TV app, no Sling TV base subscription required. Channels now available as à la carte subscriptions range from premium channels like Showtime, to on-demand channels, to sports packages and more.

Three on-demand networks, Dove Channel, Outside TV Features and Stingray Karaoke, launched today on Sling TV, joining other à la carte on-demand channels, including CuriosityStream, Pantaya and Up Faith & Family. Each channel may be purchased separately month-to-month and accessed through the Sling TV app alongside free shows and other purchased content.

Monthly pricing for à la carte channels is below:

  • Showtime: $10
  • CuriosityStream: $6
  • Stingray Karaoke: $7
  • Dove Channel: $5
  • Outside TV Features: $5
  • Up Faith & Family: $5
  • Pantaya: $6
  • NBA League Pass: $28.99

Access pay-per-view events and movies
Sling TV was the first virtual multichannel video programming distributor (vMVPD) to offer pay-per-view (PPV) events, and has presented more than 15 events since 2017, including popular UFC fights and highly-anticipated boxing matches. Starting today, consumers can access these PPV events as a one-time purchase without purchasing a Sling TV base subscription. Fans can choose to use Sling TV solely for their PPV events or combine their PPV purchases with any of Sling TV’s base subscriptions.

In addition to the PPV UFC and boxing matches, customers also have the option to purchase movies within the new experience – again, no Sling TV base subscription required. Consumers will have access to more than 5,000 of today’s most popular movies.

All of the above are also available to current base package subscribers as well.

“When we first launched Sling in 2015, we set out to create an entertainment experience that put our customers first, offering unprecedented flexibility and control – no annual contracts, no hidden fees and the ability to customize programming,” said Warren Schlichting, president of Sling TV. “The new Sling evolves the experience even further by providing access to great content without anchoring customers to a base subscription.”

At launch, the new Sling experience is available to returning Sling customers on Roku devices. The new experience will expand to additional Sling-supported devices in the near future.

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William B. West
William B. West
William B. West is editor-in-chief of CordCuttersTalk.com, Rokuki.com, and StreamingThisMonth.com. All three sites cover the latest cord cutters news, information, and updates.

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