It's a big day for Sling TV users, with new channels, brand-new Windows 10 app

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Sling TV has already made cord-cutting a lot more comfortable for football fans with the recent addition of the NFL Network and RedZone, and now the company has announced that now those fans can get their college football fix with the addition of Pac-12 Networks. That’s great news if you love football, but it’s far from the only announcement Sling TV made on Thursday.

Starz and Starz Encore are also now joining the streaming service, available as an add-on pack. Unlike some other add-on packs, these channels are available to both Sling Blue and Sling Orange customers. Even better, in order to give customers a feel for the new channels, both are available for free to customers through September 14.

Multiple popular shows including Outlander, Ash vs. Evil Dead, and Powers are offered via the network, but that’s not all that the free preview has to offer. On September 10 at 9 p.m. Eastern, Star Wars: The Force Awakens makes its TV debut on Starz, allowing Sling TV customers to watch the movie for no additional cost other than their existing subscription.

“Starz is proud to join the Sling TV lineup and offer a new way of delivering accessibility to our quality premium pay TV programming outside of the traditional pay TV bundle,” Starz chief operation officer Jeffrey Hirsch said in a statement. “In addition to breakthrough original programming and fantastic exclusive first-run feature films, there is a great depth and breadth to the Starz and Starz Encore content offerings which we can showcase on the emerging Sling TV platform.”

Sling TV is also bringing a new way to watch for PC users. Since the launch of the platform, users have been able to watch Sling TV on their computers via a downloadable app, but on Thursday, the company announced a brand-new Windows 10 app, which will be available alongside the existing app, which will continue to be offered for users on older versions of Windows.

The new Windows 10 app offers Cortana voice integration, Live Tiles, and touch compatibility. It also features the new user interface that Sling TV first introduced in June on the Apple TV, which has since made its way to the service’s Roku app as well.

The six Pac-12 Networks channels are available as part of the Sports Extra package, now priced at $10 per month, only available for Sling Blue customers. In addition to the new channels, this package features ESPN, ESPN 2, and ESPN 3, as well as NFL RedZone, beIN Sports, Campus Insiders, Golf, Motors TV North America, Univision Deportes, and Outside Television.

Once the free Starz preview has run its course, Subscribers will be able to subscribe to the Starz add-on pack for $9 per month, on top of their existing subscription. The Windows 10 app is a free download from the Sling TV website.


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