HBO will be available on Dish’s Internet TV and video subscription service Sling TV starting from next week, the company’s CEO Roger Lynch announced.
UPDATE : Sling TV had originally planned to launch the service today (April 8, 2015), but today Dish Network pushed back the launch to coincide with an app update that with the Game of premiere this Sunday, April 12.
Dish’s Sling TV service will offer HBO for $15 per month, but you’ll need to be subscribed to the base package of channels, which costs $20 per month, bringing the minimum monthly cost of HBO on Sling to $35. Sling TV’s base package comes with 20 channels including AMC, TNT, TBS, Cartoon Network, Disney, ESPN and CNN, and it’s available on numerous devices, including Microsoft’s Xbox One, Amazon’s Fire TV, iOS and Android devices, and Windows and Mac computers
Sling isn’t saying exactly when HBO will become available; it’s promised to switch on the channel before the Game of Thrones season premiere, however.”Best of all, we’ll be up and running in time for one of the most important TV moments of the year: the April 12 season premiere of Game of Thrones,” CEO Roger Lynch wrote on the company blog.
Dish has also secured itself the option of selling HBO’s standalone subscription video service, HBO Now, according to the WSJ. But traditional pay TV providers apparently have the option of getting in sooner; Cablevision hasn’t yet specified when it will start selling HBO Now service, nor has it outlined pricing.
Consumers will be able to subscribe to the new service only through Apple devices for $14.99 per month (you won’t find it on Roku, Amazon’s Fire TV, or game consoles) for at least three months. HBO says that it currently has no plans to sell subscriptions directly, offloading the responsibility to its list of partners, which could eventually include Dish.