HBO arrived on Sling TV in April of last year, making the service a much more attractive option for potential cord-cutters. Now another premium movie channel has come to the service — making it feel just a bit more like cable.
On Thursday, Sling TV announced that Cinemax has joined HBO in its lineup of a la carte movie options. It’s the first time Cinemax has been available outside of a traditional cable subscription.
“Sling TV is the first live standalone Internet TV service to deliver Cinemax to an audience of cord-cutters and cord-nevers,” Sling TV CEO Roger Lynch said in a statement. “This announcement comes only days after we celebrated Sling TV’s one-year anniversary. Over the past year, we’ve established a history of industry firsts, and the addition of Cinemax is evidence of our intent to uphold this swift innovative pace.”
Cinemax is available for Sling TV customers for $10 per month, the same price it would go for as an add-on channel to a cable subscription. However, as with cable, you’ll need to subscribe to Sling TV’s “Best of Live TV” package first, bringing the total cost to $30. Throw in HBO for $15 and your total bill is $45, which is still a good deal cheaper than it would likely be through a cable or satellite provider.
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As with many other Sling TV channels, Cinemax includes the standard live — or “linear,” as that seems to be the favorite wording from TV networks these days — channel, as well as on-demand programming. Sling TV says this is the same catalog users would find in a MAX Go subscription from cable providers.
In addition to movies, the channel offers a number of popular original series including Strike Back, Hunted, The Knick, and Banshee, which kicks off its fourth and final season on April 1. Cinemax is premiering two new shows, Quarry and Outcast later this year.
The addition of Cinemax bolsters the service’s movie lineup, which in addition to HBO, features Epix, Sundance, and Turner Classic Movies bundled together in its “Hollywood Extra” package for $5 per month.