UPDATE: Sling TV opens to U.S. subscribers; adds channels, expands Roku models

Dish Network's (NASDAQ: DISH) new over-the-top venture, Sling TV, is now available to subscribers across the U.S., the company announced Monday. It also bulked up its $20 per month core offering, adding AMC Networks channels.

Sports fans now have a new programming bundle option as well. "Sports Extra" offers nine additional channels, such as SEC Network, Univision Deportes, and more ESPN channels.

Sling TV is continuing to update its device availability and streaming options. The company notified customers on its website FAQ and Facebook page that its app is now available on all current versions of Roku--including its earlier models 1 and 2, the Roku streaming stick, and Roku TVs from HiSense and TCLs.

The streaming service also added on-demand capability, offering replays (for a maximum of three days) of shows that have aired in the past three days on five of its 16 channels: HGTV, Travel Channel, Cooking Channel and Food Network.

Sling TV told FierceOnlineVideo it couldn't comment on contractual details around the new three-day replay option.

Sling TV also announced a deal with Univision that will see several of the Latino-focused network's channels made available on the OTT service. An integration date has not yet been announced.

Simultaneous streaming on multiple devices is still not yet a thing on Sling TV, unfortunately. Whether that's a licensing issue or a bug was unanswered by Sling TV reps. In this editor's ongoing test of Sling TV capabilities, the app seamlessly stops streaming from a Roku 3 device (with a notice appearing on the screen) when a user starts streaming Sling TV on an iOS device. However, attempting the same move in reverse results in a crash of the app on Roku.

Buggy interface aside, Sling TV is continuing to work on adding content and features to its service. The company said Monday that subscribers are now able to authenticate the Watch ESPN streaming app through their Sling TV account.

Beyond its expansion to older-generation Roku devices, Sling TV is available to stream on PCs and Macs and a few devices, including Android tablets and smartphones, and Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL) iOS devices including iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch. The company is planning to make its app available soon on Amazon's (NASDAQ: AMZN) Fire TV devices, Microsoft's (NASDAQ: MSFT) Xbox One, and Google's (NASDAQ: GOOG) Nexus Player.

For more:
-  see this release
- and the AMC Networks announcement
- see Sling TV's FAQ and this page

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Updated Feb. 9 to include Sling TV's latest announcements.

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