After reports of an upcoming AirTV first surfaced earlier this year, it essentially disappeared. Now, it has once again made an appearance, and this time it has a price and release date, which is sooner than you may have guessed.
Dish Network and the NFL reached a deal last week, ending the blackout of the NFL Network and RedZone for subscribers to the satellite TV provider. Now Dish has announced the channels are live on Sling TV.
Dish is looking to bring back subscribers who are leaving its satellite service behind with its new Flex Pack skinny bundle package, which starts at $40 per month. Add-on packages are an additional $4 to $10 per month.
Dish is already busy battling Tribune Media over fees for its channels. Now, it has dropped both the NFL Network and NFL RedZone after negotiations between the satellite provider and the league fell through on Thursday.
Earlier this week it seemed that Dish customers were bound to lose several channels due to a breakdown in talks between the company and Viacom. Now a new deal has been reached that sees Dish keeping them and new channels coming to Sling TV.
2015 was a rough year for Dish, losing a total of 81,000 pay-TV subscribers, but its streaming TV service Sling TV continues to add customers, adding an estimated 129,000 subscribers in the last quarter alone.
Sling TV might have gotten off to a relatively slow start, but it could be on the upswing, with Goldman Sachs estimating that the TV streaming service will hit 2 million subscribers by the end of the year.