Ever wanted to skip all the mess of getting cable and just watch TV through your favorite gaming console? Well, Microsoft is teaming up with Sling TV, a service backed by DISH, to bring the best in television, Video On Demand, and internet content to your Xbox for $20 a month. The no-contract service grants access to channels like ESPN, ESPN2, TNT, TBS, Food Network, HGTV, Cartoon Network, and Disney Channel.
“Xbox is onboard as the first gaming console where Sling TV will be available,” said Bassil El-Khatib, vice president of Sling TV. “We created the live Internet TV service for millennial consumers underserved by the pay-TV industry. 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.” This is a great complement to those who already subscribe to services such as Netflix and Hulu. It also means that those intent on cutting the cord aren’t left without access to cable content. This is a big step towards a possible future of streaming-only access to cable television content.
“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,” said Mike Nichols, Corporate Vice President, Marketing for Xbox. “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.”
In addition, all Xbox Live members will be given an exclusive month-long free trial of Sling TV so they can try the service first-hand. SlingTV will also be available for other various media devices such as: Amazon Fire TV, Roku, Windows, Mac OS X, and LG Smart TVs as well. For more gaming news and reviews make sure to follow us on Twitter @APGNation.