Sling TV for the first time is adding ABC to their over the top streaming service for cord cutters. Currently if you want ABC you need to add a $5 add-on package that also includes Univision and Uni Mas. You also need to live in one of the following areas Chicago, Fresno-Visalia, Houston, Los Angeles, New York, Philadelphia, Raleigh-Durham, and San Francisco.
Here is the official statement from Sling TV:
The latest addition to Sling TV’s add-on pack selection, “Broadcast Extra,” includes live content from local ABC, Univision and UniMás channels. It is available for an additional $5 per month with a “Best of Live TV” subscription to customers residing in the following markets: New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Houston, Raleigh-Durham and Fresno-Visalia. These markets represent more than half of the top 10 designated market areas (DMAs) and serve nearly 25 percent of the U.S. population.
Broadcast Extra is available across all Sling TV supported devices in these select designated markets.
Back in October Sling TV’s CEO Roger Lynch said “Over time, local is something we will offer. But to a certain extent they are not ready”. He went on to say “ABC can’t do it,” likely meaning the deal ABC had with their affiliates prevented them from working with a service like Sling TV.
This is the first major over-the-air network in English to join Sling TV as Univision had already been available with Sling TV. Hopefully, ABC will not be the last over the air network to join Sling. Although only a few areas have access, expect more to be added similarly to how CBS’s new standalone service keeps expanding their live options to new areas.
This is a major change for Sling TV. In the past they have said that over-the-air networks like ABC are free with an antenna so they saw no reason to add them. Yet for many this will be a huge addition because some cannot get all the stations they want over the air.
Hopefully this is just the start of many more over-the-air stations, like NBC and Fox, being added to Sling TV.
For now it seems the only way to add this package right now is by the phone as many seem to be unable to add it through their site.
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