Dish Network's over-the-top pay-TV service, Sling TV, has announced the addition of Campus Insiders to its $5-a-month "Sports Extra" add-on package.
Campus Insiders will provide Sling TV users access to hundreds of live college sporting events, including the inaugural NOVA Home Loans Arizona Bowl. College football fans can see games from the Mountain West Conference, Patriot League, West Coast Conference and the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association.
Subscribers to the Sports Extra package already had access to Universal Sports Network, ESPN News, ESPN U, ESPN Buzzer Beater and the SEC Network. ESPN and ESPN 2 come in the basic $20-a-month Sling TV package.
"People flock to Sling TV for live sports and we have seen incredible viewership on sports channels every Saturday, as college football ramps up. Campus Insiders deepens our college sports offering with conferences that, until today, have been underserved when it comes to watching games live," said Roger Lynch, CEO of Sling TV.
Sling TV is still missing some major cable sports programming components. ESPN's national sports competitor Fox Sports One is not available, for example, and neither are major regional sports networks like the Big Ten Network and Pac-12 Network. But the Campus Insiders acquisition creates one more incremental step for Sling TV toward becoming a low-cost, robust OTT solution for sports fans.
Further, Sling TV may have the opportunity to add even more sports TV mass to its low-cost offering soon. For example, the Pac-12 Network has no deal with DirecTV and has struggled to gain a distribution foothold. A Sling TV rep has not yet responded to FierceCable's inquiry on this speculation.
- read this Sling TV press release
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