Dish Community’s over-the-top Sling TV service is providing free entry to its 45-channel dwell TV bundle for 14 days. The corporate is positioning the transfer as a “public service” as thousands and thousands of Individuals are quarantined at house through the COVID-19 disaster.
From March 26 to April 5, U.S. customers who will not be present clients of Sling TV can obtain 14 days of free entry to Sling Blue (commonly priced at $30 per 30 days). The service consists of entry to cable information networks like CNN, Fox Information, HLN, MSNBC and Bloomberg TV; cloud DVR; over 50,000 on-demand titles; and simultaneous viewing on three screens.
“With extra states and municipalities issuing shelter-in-place orders, everybody wants the newest data to do their half,” Warren Schlichting, group president of Sling TV, stated in a press release asserting the two-week free provide. “We’re hoping to encourage Individuals to remain house, and keep knowledgeable throughout this important time.”
Information viewing has spiked up to now a number of weeks amid the disaster: In keeping with Sling TV, viewership of tv information networks on the OTT service elevated 121% for the seven-day interval ended March 24 in contrast with vs. the identical time interval a month in the past.
Dish is hoping the free provide for Sling TV in the end will appeal to subscribers who stick. After the 14-day free interval expires, customers can subscribe to Sling TV’s Blue package deal with a $10 low cost for the primary month.
Sling TV, launched in early 2015 as one of many first “digital” pay-TV providers, posted its first-ever quarterly subscriber loss in This fall of 2019. Sling dropped 94,000 clients, to face at 2.59 million on the finish of the yr. The sequential decline got here after Dish introduced a 20% worth hike for Sling TV’s Blue and Orange packages, to $30 per 30 days, final December. As well as, the corporate dropped the Fox sports activities regional networks from Dish TV and Sling TV final July, earlier than the RSNs had been acquired by Sinclair Broadcast Group.
Final week, Sling TV kicked off an initiative dubbed “Keep In & Sling,” below which it added free entry to channels together with ABC Information, Fox Information, native Fox associates in 18 markets, and Cheddar Information to its assortment of three,000 TV episodes and films out there to anybody (no subscription required).