Sling TV bulks up with Xbox One app, A+E Networks channels, new add-on packages

Dish Network (NASDAQ: DISH) continues the quick buildout of its over-the-top pay-TV service, Sling TV, adding Xbox One compatibility as well as the A+E Networks stable of cable channels.

The addition of the Xbox One app on Tuesday further expands the device reach of the month-and-a-half-old streaming service, which was already playable on iOS, Android, Roku, Amazon Fire TV, as well as Macs and PCs.

Meanwhile, the addition of A+E Networks continues to fatten up what started as a rail-thin lineup of channels. In fact, save for the lack of DVR-like pause and record features for most channels, the service is starting to resemble a traditionally robust pay-TV offering.

The flagship A&E channel, as well as History, H2, and Lifetime will be added to Sling's basic $20-a-month lineup of channels, joining AMC, which just went live two weeks ago.

The A+E Networks channels will be available by the end of March, Sling TV says.

Sling TV also bulked up its $5-a-month add-on packages, kicking off a new bundle, "Lifestyle Extra," that includes truTV, Cooking Channel, DIY and WE tv. The service says that FYI and LMN will also be joining the package soon.

Another new add-on package, "World News Extra," includes Bloomberg TV, HLN, Euro News and France 24.

"After only six weeks in market, we're working towards nearly doubling the size of our 'Best of Live TV' core package while preserving our attractive $20 price point," said Roger Lynch, CEO of Sling TV. "With the upcoming arrival of A+E Networks' highly-rated content, Sling TV will soon include 20 networks for just $20 per month."

For more:
- read this Sling TV press release on the Xbox One app launch
- this press release on the addition of A+E Networks
- and this Sling TV press release on the March Madness lineup on truTV

Related links:
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