Sling TV is now available for Xbox One, bringing Dish Network's internet television service to Microsoft's latest console, and Xbox Live subscribers can try an extended free trial for 30 days.
The Sling TV service offers streaming versions of cable channels and is available across a variety of devices including smartphones, tablets, PC and set-top boxes like the Amazon Fire TV and Roku Player. The Xbox One app is available in console's store.
Contract-free plans start at $20 per month. In the "Best of Live TV" baseline package, Sling TV includes channels like AMC, Adult Swim, Food Network, HGTV, TNT, TBS and sports programming from the NFL, NBA, ESPN and ESPN 2. Sling TV also includes access to video-on-demand services.
"We built Sling TV with millennials in mind, and that includes gamers"
Subscribers can also add other packages, for an additional $5 each per month. Those include "Sports Extra" that adds more ESPN sporting events, the SEC Network, ESPNEWS, ESPNU, Universal Sports, Univision Deportes, beIN Sports as well as college sports networks ESPN Buzzer Beater, ESPN Bases Loaded and ESPN Goal Line. Other add-on packages focus on children, news and movies.
Dish and Microsoft announced the partnership in early January, when the service was pegged with a first quarter 2015 release window. In a new FAQ, those behind Sling TV reiterated its focus on a generation of cord-cutting whippersnappers.
"We built Sling TV with millennials in mind, and that includes gamers," the FAQ reads. "Xbox has been at the forefront of gaming and technology for years, so it made sense to bring Sling TV to the passionate Xbox user. For many millennials, Xbox One is already the center of their living room experience, and we want to reach these fans to show there’s a better way to get live TV that doesn’t require a long-term commitment, high programming costs, additional wires or hidden fees."
For a limited time in the U.S., Microsoft will also bundle a three-month Sling TV trail with Xbox One console purchases through the Microsoft retail store or its website. Sling TV's standard trial period is seven days.