Comcast launches Dish’s Sling International app on Xfinity X1

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Comcast Xfinity is expanding its international channel offerings. (Image: Mike Dano / FierceWireless)

Comcast is making the Sling International app available on X1, offering access to Sling’s catalog of close to 400 international channels that it said will complement the nearly 60 international channels X1 already offers.

Sling International, a live and on-demand online streaming service, provides more than 395 multicultural networks to its subscribers with programming in 21 languages, including Arabic, Bangla, Bengali, Brazilian, Cantonese, French, German, Hindi, Italian, Kannada, Malayalam, Mandarin, Marathi, Polish, Punjabi, Taiwanese, Tamil, Telugu, Urdu and Vietnamese.

Comcast said pricing for these packages will be consistent across Sling TV’s other platforms and start at $10 a month. 

Existing Sling TV customers will be able to log in and access any of the international live or on-demand programming that’s part of their current package. New customers will be able to sign up directly through the Sling International app on X1. 

Sling TV is owned by Dish Network, a fierce pay TV rival of Comcast. But the giant cableco is looking to make X1 a clearinghouse for all things video. It currently offers a wide range of live and on-demand programming, including fare from television networks and studios to Netflix, Pandora, NPR and YouTube.

“Xfinity X1 gives us the ability to greatly expand the range of content and programming we can offer our customers … and today, we’re excited to add another choice to the platform with the launch of the Sling International app on X1,” Comcast said.

“We know how important it is to watch TV that speaks your language, that’s why we’re making it even easier for Comcast’s Xfinity TV customers to access international content, said Izabela Slowikowska, VP for Sling TV’s international programming, in a statement. “Sling TV has always been committed to supporting the devices already in your home, and the X1 platform joins other Sling TV-supported devices, which already includes smart televisions, tablets, computers, smartphones, streaming devices and game consoles.”