Dish’s New Sling TV Service Could Free You From Cable

Sling TV offers channels including ESPN, TNT, and HGTV on the Internet for $20 a month

Joseph Clayton, Dish Network's CEO, speaks during the 2015 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas on Jan. 5. 

Photographer: David Paul Morris/Bloomberg

Dish Network is making the first big news in what’s likely to be a busy year for the future of television. At the International Consumer Electronics Show on Monday, the company unveiled its Internet television service, a $20-a-month alternative to cable that’s the most ambitious play for cord-cutters to date. The service, confusingly, is named Sling TV, even though it has no direct connection to the Slingbox, another device aiming to appeal to people fed up with the restrictions of cable. Sling TV will be available on a range of connected televisions, streaming boxes and sticks such as Roku, and mobile devices.

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