The Sling TV service that offers ESPN and other channels without a cable plan is now available on Amazon.com’s Fire TV devices.
Sling TV was announced last month and became generally available on Monday, providing a new option for “cord cutters” wanting an alternative to traditional cable plans. Here’s my review of Sling TV.
For $20 per month, with no contract obligation, it provides ESPN, ESPN 2, TNT, TBS, Food Network, AMC, HGTV, Cartoon Network, ABC Family and Disney Channel. Add-on packs that provide additional sports channels or kids’ channels cost an extra $5 per month.
But it’s taking a little while for the service to reach various connected TV devices. As of today it works on current Roku devices, Roku TVs, Macs, PCs and mobile devices running Android and iOS – plus the Fire TV box and Fire TV Stick. Still to come are Sling TV apps for the Xbox One, smart TVs and other streaming TV adapters.
Meanwhile Sling and Amazon are sweetening their offering by giving a free Fire TV Stick – or $50 off a Fire TV box – to people who sign up for three months of Sling TV. Normally the Fire TV Stick costs $39 and the TV box costs $99.
UPDATE: Sling and Roku are offering a similar deal, providing a $50 Roku Streaming Stick for free – or $50 off a $100 Roku 3 device – for people who buy three months of the service.
The picture above shows Sling TV running on a Fire TV Stick connected via my phone a stone’s throw from Amazon.com’s headquarters campus.