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Sling TV gets its first major broadcast network with the addition of ABC

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If you’ve been thinking about cutting the cord, but can’t be bothered to hook up an antenna to catch ABC World News Tonight, you’re in luck: Sling TV has quietly added ABC to its channel lineup.

Like many other channels available on the streaming service, ABC is available as part of an add-on package — in this case, the $5 per month Broadcast Extra package. This package previously only offered two Spanish-language networks, Univision and UniMas.

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While other Sling TV channel packages can be added from the company’s website, you’ll need to call to add ABC. This is because for now, the channel is only available in select metropolitan areas, currently Chicago, Fresno-Visalia, Houston, Los Angeles, New York, Philadelphia, Raleigh Durham, and San Francisco.

Sony’s PlayStation Vue has offered a selection of broadcast networks for some time, including CBS, Fox, and NBC, and is also only available in select areas. Sling TV said in a tweet that the company is “working to provide it to all local markets as soon as possible,” but didn’t give any further information on when this might happen.

This is an interesting development, as for some time it seemed that Sling TV had no plans to offer local channels. The company’s reasoning was that customers in most areas could simply hook up an antenna and get their local channels for free.

While no new channels had been added to Sling TV for some time, ABC is the second channel added to the service this month. Earlier this month the service added Cinemax, which like HBO is available as a standalone channel instead of as part of a package. While HBO costs users an extra $15 per month, Cinemax is available for $10.

Sling TV viewer numbers continue to rise, with a report last week estimating the service now has over 600,000 subscribers. Hopefully now that the company has established a user base, more channels will continue to be added in the near future.

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