HBO Joins Dish’s Online Sling TV Ahead of ‘Game of Thrones’

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An online version of HBO will be available on Dish Network Corp.’s Sling TV service in time for the premiere of the new season of the hit show “Game of Thrones.”

Sling TV customers, who pay $20 a month for the streaming subscription service, will be able to get HBO for an additional $15 a month April 12, the companies said in a statement.

Dish’s Sling TV is one of a growing number of so-called skinny bundles, or Web services that offer just a few popular channels at a lower price. The whittled-down packages are putting pressure on programmers that have relied on the 500-channel pay-TV universe to carry their less-popular niche networks.

Sling TV, which started service in February, includes Time Warner Inc.’s CNN and TBS in its lineup, as well as ESPN, Disney Channel and AMC, and provides sports and entertainment series such as “Monday Night Football” and “The Walking Dead.”

HBO already plans to introduce its own standalone Web service April 12 on Apple Inc. devices, letting people watch the channel for the first time without a pay-TV package. Apple itself plans to debut an online TV service this year with about 25 channels, according to people familiar with the effort.

Time Warner, HBO’s parent company, and Dish earlier said they reached a distribution accord, ending a contract dispute that threw some channels in the dark for a month last year.

(An earlier version corrected the spelling of the series “Game of Thrones.”)

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