In its continuing quest to be available on every display in and around the house, Dish Network virtual MVPD Sling TV just launched on Google Nest Hub and Hub Max.
The smart displays will allow Sling TV users to control the service with their voices and to cast Sling to a Chromecast-connected device through a smart speaker or mobile device. On the Nest Hub Max, users can also pause and resume content on Sling with Quick Gestures by holding their hand up and looking at the device.
Sling TV is offering a 3-day free trial to Nest Hub owners that don’t currently subscribe to Sling TV.
Sling TV has made a habit recently of launching on devices that its vMVPD peers are not available on, like Facebook’s Portal TV. Last year, Sling TV was the first vMVPD to launch on Oculus Go, a virtual reality headset that is also made by Facebook.
Dish said that Sling TV is now available on more than 20 platforms including smart TVs, tablets, game consoles, computers, smartphones, VR headsets and other streaming devices.
For Dish Network, the new distribution deal with Google comes after a third quarter when the company managed to accelerate growth for its streaming TV service. The company added approximately 148,000 net pay TV subscribers during the quarter as a loss of 66,000 Dish TV satellite subscribers was offset by the addition of approximately 214,000 net Sling TV subscribers.
The company closed the third quarter with 12.18 million total pay TV subscribers, including 9.49 million satellite subscribers and 2.69 million Sling TV subscribers, which puts it just behind Hulu with Live TV’s estimated 2.7 million subscribers.