Sling TV, Dish Network’s OTT service for cord-cutters, said it has extended support to the Google Nexus Player (pictured) and other devices powered by the Android TV platform.
On the programming front, Sling TV has also added ESPN Deportes to its “Deportes Extra” $5 per month add-on pack, which can be purchased on top of Sling TV’s core $20 per month service. Launched earlier this month, Deportes Extra, a tier for soccer fans, also features Azteca, beIN Español, beIN HD (English), Univison, Univision Deportes and UniMás.
Sling TV said its app for Android TV is now available via the Google Play store.
Similar to device bundle deals with Roku (for the Roku 3 player and the Roku Streaming Stick) and with Amazon (for the Fire TV box and Fire TV stick), Sling TV is offering the Nexus Player, the first device to run Android TV, at a 50% discount when new customers pre-pay for three months of Sling TV. Nexus Player users can also sample Sling TV for seven days for free.
Launched last fall, the Asus-made Nexus Player regular sells for $99.95, though outlets such as Walmart are offering it for less. The puck-shaped player features a remote with voice-based search, and is outfitted 1.8GHz Quad Core Intel Atom processor, 802.11ac, and an HDMI output. Other CE companies that have launched or are developing Android TV-powered products include Sharp, Philips, Razer, Nvidea, and Sony.
Sling TV also supports Android and iOS mobile devices, Web browsers, and the Xbox One.
“We’re committed to making Sling TV available on the most popular devices consumers use to stream live and on-demand entertainment,” Roger Lynch, CEO of Sling TV, said in a statement. “Today, we again bolstered our device footprint by expanding to Nexus Player’s Android TV platform, and we expect this partnership to deliver additional convenience for both new and existing Sling TV customers.”
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