Dish Network’s Sling TV announced today that it has launched a beta live multi-stream service featuring 30 channels for $20 per month, the same price it charges for its 26-channel single-stream service.
The multi-stream service lets subscribers watch three simultaneous streams, while the single-stream services allows only one, but the channel lineups of the two services are largely identical. The key difference is that the single-stream package has the Disney Channel and Disney-owned ESPN and ESPN2, while the multi-stream package boasts Fox and Fox-owned channels FX, FS1 and National Geographic, along with Fox’s portfolio of regional sports networks and its popular local NBA and MLB telecasts. Sling TV expects to add local content from Fox affiliates in the future on a market-by-market basis.
“Since launch, our customers have asked for more channels and multiple streams,” said Roger Lynch, CEO of Sling TV, in a statement. “We believe our new multi-stream service, anchored by a strong lineup of Fox content, including top franchises like ‘Empire’ and ‘The Americans’ on FOX and FX, as well as access to Major League Baseball in 15 markets, including the New York Yankees, is the first step in answering their requests. We look forward to incorporating our customers’ feedback throughout the beta phase as we evolve the multi-stream service to include additional channels, features and functionality.”
As with the single-stream service, beta multi-stream customers can add “extras,” including “Hollywood Extra,” “Lifestyle Extra,” “World News Extra,” HBO and Cinemax.