Sling TV: Live TV for Cord-Cutters

TechCrunch is reporting a new service from Dish called Sling TV. Designed to let users stream live cable TV, pricing starts at $20/month and the platform works on Amazon Fire TV, Roku devices, Google Nexus Player and select smart TVs.

“Consumers can now watch their favorite shows on their favorite devices that they already use to watch video. Live television, including ESPN, for $20 per month with no commitment or contract, is a game changer,” said Roger Lynch, CEO of Sling TV. “The arrival of Sling TV lets consumers, who’ve embraced services like Netflix and Hulu, take more control of their video entertainment experience.”

The current channel lineup includes: ESPN, ESPN2, TNT, TBS, Food Network, HGTV, Travel Channel, Adult Swim, Cartoon Network, Disney Channel, ABC Family and CNN. Additional packages for family and DIY lovers are available for an additional $5/month.

This latest streaming offer goes a long way to filling in a large hole for people who have cut the cable cord. A combination of this, over-the-air access to major networks, and stand alone streaming options including HBO Go/Hulu Plus/Netflix/Amazon Prime offers what could be a comprehensive alternative to traditionally bundled cable. Who knows, maybe this will be the first step in lowering those damn cable fees.