Sling TV adds heaps of Hispanic programming with new Univision deal

sling tv univision hispanic new channels beta dish app 0010
Sling TV, which was officially unveiled by satellite provider Dish Network at the 2015 International CES last month, has now added Univision to its growing list of partner channels, supplementing core channels like TNT, TBS, HGTV, Cartoon Network, and ESPN.

The agreement includes over-the-top (OTT) multi-stream rights for live and video-on-demand content for entertainment, news, and sports content from the Univision family, which includes the flagship Univision Network, UniMás, UDN (Univision Deportes Network), Galavisión, El Rey Network, Bandamax, De Película, De Película Clásico, Telehit, tlNovelas, FOROtv as well as Univision and UniMás broadcast stations nationwide.

 Related: We tried Sling TV, and if you hate cable and love sports, you should too 

Roger Lynch, Sling TV’s CEO, noted that Hispanics are the demographic who is “most engaged” with mobile devices, making Univision a “natural match.” Sling TV is available from a variety of sources, including Android and iOS mobile devices, along with Macs, PCs, and streaming devices, the number of which is expected to grow at a rapid pace as the service rolls out.

Dish’s new Web TV experiment is still in an invite-only beta format right now, and already the service is moving deftly to acquire new content. While no word has been given about how the new Univision channels will be implemented, we expect live channels from the brand to arise in the form of a $5 add-on pack, joining other targeted channel packs like Sling TV’s kids and news add-ons. These additions to Sling TV’s core of 12 live networks are designed to allow viewers to choose their own live TV adventure, as it were, with additional packages such as an extended sports bundle expected to arrive soon.

Our initial experience with Sling TV has been a bit of a mixed bag. The picture quality doesn’t yet rival cable or satellite, and we miss features like time shifting, or the ability to watch a feed from more than one device. Still, the pioneering service is an enticing new supplement for cord-cutters who find that other OTT services like Netflix and Amazon aren’t quite meeting all of their needs, particularly when it comes to sports. And considering Sling TV comes with no contract, no cancellation fees, plus a free one-week trial, it’s definitely a revolutionary addition to the streaming landscape.

And with this new Univision deal, if getting access to your Hispanic shows was what was keeping your cable fully in tact, this may just convince even more Americans to cut the cord and shift fully into the OTT world.

Sling TV is expected to go live for all users soon, so stay tuned for more updates.

Home Theater

Boy dies after being electrocuted through his headphones

A 16-year-old Malaysian boy appears to be the latest victim in a growing list of people who have been electrocuted by their smartphones via their headphones. It's believed that a faulty charging cable is the culprit.
Home Theater

Kill your cable and switch to streaming with our painless guide

If you're going to quit cable or satellite for a streaming TV solution, you're going to want to get it right the first time. We've outlined exactly how to get started, step by step. Follow our lead, and you'll never look back.
Home Theater

Sling TV ramps up its base programming with Discovery Networks for free

Sling TV has grown a great deal since its launch. Now there are more channels and more packages to chose from, with prices to match, and more is being added all the time. Everything you need to know is right here.
Home Theater

Looking to cut cable? Here’s everything you need to know about Pluto TV

Pluto TV offers plenty of entertainment in a fashion similar to live internet TV services, only at no cost — you don’t even need to register. Too good to be true? Here’s everything you need to know.
Home Theater

Cutting the cord? Let us help you find the best service for live TV streaming

There's a long list of live TV streaming services available to help you cut the cord and replace your traditional TV subscription. Each is different in important ways, and this guide will help you find the best one for you.
Home Theater

Step aside set-top boxes, the best streaming sticks are tiny and just as powerful

Which streaming stick reigns supreme? We pit the Chromecast and Chromecast Ultra against the Roku Premiere, Roku Streaming Stick+, and the Amazon Fire TV Stick 4K to help you decide which one will be the best fit in your living room.
Product Review

AKG's signature studio sound goes straight to your head with these stunning cans

With gorgeous looks and great sound, AKG’s N700NC are a formidable entry into the wireless noise-canceling headphone race. We put them to the test to see if they can beat out the absolute best in the business.
Home Theater

Looking for the best 4K Ultra HD TVs you can buy? Here are five great options

If it's time to upgrade your old 1080p to a new 4K model but you don't know what to look for, fear not, as we're here with a list of the best 4K Ultra HD TVs to help make your buying process as easy as possible.
Home Theater

Here's how to pick out the best TV stand to enhance your viewing experience

This TV stand buying guide will cover how much space you need for equipment, how the stand manages cables, and the size of the stand you need as you look for a new model that fits in your home.
Home Theater

Set your ears free with the best completely wireless earbuds

If you can't stand the tangle of cords, or you're just excited about completely wireless earbuds, you're going to need some help separating the wheat from the chaff. Our list serves up the best wireless earbuds around.
Movies & TV

Sit down and watch some of the best stand-up comedy on Netflix

Feeling a little funny? There are hundreds of hilarious comedy specials out there, and you can't be expected to comb through them all. Lucky for you, we've compiled a list of the best stand-up specials on Netflix.
Movies & TV

Lose the torrents. Here's how to watch 'Game of Thrones' online (legally)

Game of Thrones is one of the most popular shows on TV, but unless you're a cable subscriber, finding a way to watch isn't always easy. Check out our guide on how to watch online, whether you prefer using HBO, Hulu, or Amazon.
Home Theater

Block the outside world, tune into your own with the best in-ear headphones

Over-the-ear headphones offer top-flight sound, but they're not so easy to take along with you. If you're looking to upgrade your portable sound, check out our favorite in-ear headphones -- there's a model for every user and every budget.
Computing

Don't know what to do with all your old DVDs? Here's how to convert them to MP4

Given today's rapid technological advancements, physical discs are quickly becoming a thing of the past. Check out our guide on how to convert a DVD to MP4, so you can ditch discs for digital files.