DISH Network Corp.'s Sling TV LLC added three cable news channels to its streaming channel lineup for all subscribers, among other channel additions, and increased the price of its base packages, citing the rising cost of channel carriage.
FOX News Channel (US), MSNBC (US) and HLN (US) are now available to all subscribers. The company is also rolling out free cloud DVR service for all subscribers to save up to 10 hours of programming from all live linear channels.
Fox Corp.'s FOX Business Network (US) is now available for Sling Blue News Extra subscribers. For sports fans, Big Ten Network will launch on Sling TV in time for the 2020-21 college football season. FXM (US), FXX (US) will launch for Sling Blue Hollywood Extra subscribers, and Nat Geo WILD (US) will join the Sling Blue Heartland Extra package.
Sling TV announced pricing changes along with the channel packages adjustments. As of Dec. 23, new customers will be charged $30 per month for either the Sling Orange or Sling Blue packages or $45 per month for both. That represents a $5-per-month pricing increase for all three options.
Existing customers will be migrated to the new pricing structure after Jan. 22, 2020. In a Dec. 23 blog post, Sling TV President Warren Schlichting attributed the price increases to the rising cost of network carriage.