Sling Guide

Satellite TV provider Dish has just announced Sling TV as part of its CES 2015 plans. The Internet-based television service will offer a selection of cable TV networks to a variety of platforms and devices with prices starting at $20 a month.

Sling TV (not to be confused with the Slingbox television set-top box) will launch sometime in the first quarter of 2015. Dish says:

Priced at $20 per month, "The Best of Live TV" core package includes 12 Nielsen-rated sports, lifestyle, family and news networks: ESPN, ESPN2, TNT, TBS, Food Network, HGTV, Travel Channel, Adult Swim, Cartoon Network, Disney Channel, ABC Family and CNN. This package additionally features an array of Video-On-Demand entertainment and the best of online video with unique content from Maker Studios, the global leader in online short-form video.

Consumers can tailor their experience with add-on packs for access to additional programming, at $5 per month. Sling TV will offer a "Kids Extra" add-on with Disney Junior, Disney XD, Boomerang, Baby TV and Duck TV, and a "News & Info Extra" add-on with HLN, Cooking Channel, DIY and Bloomberg TV. A "Sports Extra" package is coming soon.

Sling TV can be accessed on the web via Mac PCs, and Dish plans to launch an iOS Sling TV app as well.