Xbox has signed on to Dish’s effort to defeat the cable bundle.
Consumers who don’t want to sign up for dozens of cable channels already have range of a-la carte options, from Netflix to Hulu to old-fashioned broadcast antennae, to watch their favorite shows. What they didn’t have, until now, was a way to see live sports carried on cable behemoth ESPN without opting for the full cable package.
Satellite TV provider Dish on Monday unveiled a $20-a-month service, called Sling TV, that offers to beam ESPN (along with TNT, CNN and a mini-package of channels) to internet-connected devices. Those devices, Dish says, will range from laptops to tablets, internet-enabled TVs made by Samsung and LG, as well as Xbox and Amazon.com’s Fire.