Xbox One to get new Sling TV service

This week, Dish unveiled a potential cord-cutting television package called Sling TV. Among the outlets it's set to debut is Microsoft's Xbox One.

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One of the biggest reveals at this year's International Consumer Electronics Show has been a new service called Sling TV. Unveiled by Dish Network, Sling TV offers a handful of live television networks delivered across an Internet connection for $20 a month with no monthly commitments. The service can be utilized across a number of ways, including an app expected to come to Xbox One.

"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," reads the Xbox Wire announcement. "With Sling TV, there’s no commitment, contract, credit check, hardware installation, or hidden fees. Confirmed channels include ESPN, ESPN2, TNT, TBS, Food Network, HGTV, Cartoon Network, and Disney Channel with more to come. And Xbox One will be the exclusive gaming console when it launches in the coming weeks."

Shacknews briefly got a glimpse at the Sling TV service during this week's CES event, going hands-on with the Xbox One version of the app. The app does indeed deliver television content, along with a variety of recent movies available on demand. With the Xbox One app working so intuitively, it immediately gave the impression that this could be the ultimate service for cord-cutters and a potential game-changer for television. It would also further establish the Xbox One as an entertainment center, potentially making it a go-to for TV viewers without the hassle of an external set-top box. A Sling TV rep on-hand added that more channels were expected to hit the Sling TV service in the future, including a full sports package.

Xbox Live members are set to get a free extended trial of Sling TV when the service arrives in a couple of weeks. The service is also set to come to iOS and Android.

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    January 7, 2015 6:00 AM

    Ozzie Mejia posted a new article, Xbox One to get new Sling TV service

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      January 7, 2015 6:36 AM

      Sounds neat. lol at "OVER THE TOP"!

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        January 7, 2015 6:45 AM

        I'm going to sign up for it since Xbox One users get a month trial. The wife has always wanted something to get HGTV stuff sans cable subscription, and if it's used enough I might add the $5 package for the Disney stuff for the kiddo.

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          January 7, 2015 6:50 AM

          US only, i presume?

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            January 7, 2015 7:49 AM

            Why would I care about other countries when I live here? (Yes it probably is, I'm spoiled.)

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      January 7, 2015 6:44 AM

      Does the menu system work sort of like Hulu, where you pick from a list of semi-recent shows?

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      January 7, 2015 6:44 AM

      Getting closer to that all-in-one cable box experience they said the One would be.

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        January 7, 2015 10:36 AM

        If they included the basic Sling package as an included Gold benefit, I'd be all over it.

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      January 7, 2015 7:21 AM

      looks like US only? I just want to be able to stream EPL soccer damn it! :'(

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      January 7, 2015 7:54 AM

      If its not game related, not interested. Plenty of ways to get my movies, tv shows and what not. I dont mix games with other media. Then again, im old fashioned that way.

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        January 7, 2015 7:58 AM

        What do you mean? You don't use your consoles to watch movies or listen to music?

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          January 7, 2015 8:02 AM

          i think that's what he's getting at, in a roundabout way

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        January 7, 2015 9:03 AM

        That’s a pretty weird line in the sand to draw.

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        January 7, 2015 10:13 AM

        So do you have more than one PC for different functions?

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        January 7, 2015 10:41 AM

        I have principles goddammit

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      January 7, 2015 8:54 AM

      It'd be neat if this kept expanding and they kept the price at $20/month, and you just chose 8-10 channels you wanted. Like I'd never watch CN or HGTV, so I'd switch out for other channels, probably sports related things, and BBC America. In reality I only watch 8-10 channels anyway so this would be perfect. I realize we are a long ways from that, however.

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        January 7, 2015 9:00 AM

        Another thought, how would this work with things like WatchESPN? Would they count this as a cable subscription and let you use that additional service?

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          January 7, 2015 9:20 AM

          That'd be a nice question to ask if you guys are still there. ;)

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            January 7, 2015 9:28 AM

            I got their contact info, so I can ask, because that's a pretty good question. I'd have to imagine it would still work, since it's done through Dish, but I'll find out.

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      January 7, 2015 11:42 AM

      This is awesome. Right after Super Bowl I will subscribe to this and cut cable the fuck out. $20 for espn and other stuff monthly is perfect.

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        January 7, 2015 11:53 AM

        Why the superbowl? The superbowl is on an over the air channel.

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