By Sahil Patel
Dish Network is combining two of its over-the-top video services under one brand.
DishWorld, which for years has offered a bundle of international channels on a subscription basis, will now be called Sling International. The move aligns the service with Sling TV, which offers bundles of domestic TV channels on a subscription basis.
Both services will be accessible through the same “Sling” app, which is available on Macs and PCs, iOS and Android smartphones and tablets, and connected-TV devices such as the Amazon Fire TV and Fire TV Stick, current-generation Roku players and Roku TV models, and the Xbox One. It’s essentially a merger as Sling TV and Sling International customers who wish to buy international or domestic subscriptions can do so from one account.
“Sling TV grew from the foundation established by DishWorld, enabling us to test, grow, and improve our OTT capabilities through a service that streams tens of millions of hours of content every month,” said Roger Lynch, CEO of Sling TV, in a statement.
Of note, DishWorld users on Samsung Smart TVs will still have the old branding. Support for Sling International will be added to those devices in the coming weeks.
As part of the rebrand, Dish said it’s also adding three new language groups to Sling International, including channels in Bengali, Kannada, and Marathi. Overall, the service offers nearly 200 channels in 18 different languages, spanning Arabic, Brazilian, Cantonese, Filipino, Gujarati, Hindi, Taiwanese, Vietnamese, and more. Subscriptions start at $15 per month.