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Sling TV rolls out multistream service in beta

DISH NetworkCorp.'s Sling TV launched a multistream service in beta.

The service, which costs $20 per month, offers live andon-demand content from 21stCentury Fox Inc.'s Fox Networks Group brands and the ability tostream on up to three devices simultaneously in or outside the home, accordingto an April 13 news release. Multistream customers will also be able to accessFox's portfolio of regional sports networks and local NBA and MLB telecasts.

Subscribers of the beta multistream service will have accessto local FOX (US)broadcast content, live and on-demand, in 17 markets, including Atlanta;Austin, Texas; Charlotte, N.C.; Chicago, Dallas; Detroit; Gainesville, Fla.;Houston; Los Angeles; Minneapolis; New York; Orlando; Philadelphia; Phoenix;San Francisco; Tampa, Fla.; and Washington, D.C., at no additional cost. SlingTV also expects to add local content from FOX affiliates in the future on amarket-by-market basis.

Customers will soon be able to use Sling TV credentials toauthenticate the FOX NOW, FXNOW, FOX Sports GO and Nat Geo TV apps.

Further, the beta service's base and "Extra"packages include content from multi-stream programmers such as , , , Turner, Scripps,EPIX (US) andUnivision (US).

Sling TV's new beta service can be purchased with or withoutthe current Sling TV single-stream service.

Meanwhile, an ESPN(US) representative said that they are in active discussion withDISH about the multistream service and are yet to reach an agreement, The Vergereported April 13.