Sling TV is planning to offer its first-ever pay-per-view (PPV) event, the much anticipated UFC grudge match that features a pair of light heavyweights. UFC 214: Cormier v. Jones 2 features current champ Daniel Cormier against ex-champ Jon Jones who last met in 2015 at UFC 182.
Sling TV is rolling out a limited cloud DVR beta program for Roku users, with features that include conflict-free recording, the ability to pause, rewind or fast-forward recorded content, and simple space management.
The launch, currently by invitation only, is scheduled for December, and Sling TV said it will have support for additional devices in the coming months.
Sling TV CEO Roger Lynch isn’t one for convention. He is, after all, the boss of one of the more disruptive OTT services on the market… it’s even disrupted the pay-TV business of its parent, Dish Network, reportedly adding subscribers each quarter as Dish – and the rest of the pay-TV industry loses them.
Nearly two-thirds (63%) of U.S. broadband households subscribe to at least one streaming service, with the Big 3 – Netflix, Amazon Video and Hulu – most prevalent.
But Sling TV, CBS All Access and Showtime are moving up in that list – prepared by Parks Associates – as more Americans opt for SVOD services.
Parks said it’s seeing continued growth among the Top 10 SVOD services, with all of them growing their subscriber bases over the past year.
Here’s another reason pay-TV operators are looking longingly at virtual MVPDs (V-MVPDs): Fully a quarter of all Americans who moved this past year no longer subscribe to a pay-TV service.
Business models are an ongoing issue for pay-TV and OTT service providers, that are working to devise plans that better appeal to consumers than traditional ad-supported or subscription services have.
It remains a moving target, with more operators throwing any combination of hybrid models hoping to hit a bull’s-eye.
It wasn’t long ago (January of 2015, actually) that Sling TV was cautiously edging out onto the national stage, demurely insisting it wasn’t advocating cord cutting, just offering an alternative that might attract cord nevers and others disgruntled with the pay-TV economy. In other words, Millennials.
Nielsen is using updated census numbers to apply a balm to the sting of subscriber defections for many cable networks like ESPN, but industry analyst firm SNL Kagan has no lotion that will sooth the sting of what it says was the worst quarterly losses ever for the U.S. pay-TV industry.
The battle for disenchanted pay-TV subscribers is heating up, with a pair of operators today taking two different paths using skinny bundles as chum they hope will attract viewers.
Dish Network, which also has gone to a straight OTT offering to attract cord cutters and cord nevers with Sling TV, today floated a flexible skinny bundle to its pay-TV customers.
Dish Network’s OTT service, Sling TV, continues to tweak its offerings as it looks to push subscriber numbers higher and maintain its lead in the virtual MSO space.
Its new multi-stream service, which has been coasting along in beta version, today became a formal offering named Sling Blue. Priced at $25 a month for new customers (existing multi-stream beta customers will stay at $20) the service allows users to watch up to three streams at once.
Busy day in Sling TV-land where the skinny bundle of Internet TV channels rolled out four announcements (and added some bulk in the process).
The OTT play from Dish Network now is available on 4th-Gen Apple TV, with all of its iterations – single-stream, beta multi-stream, Sling Latino and Sling International offerings – available to Sling TV subscribers via the app from Apple’s App Store.