Sling Adds Viacom Channels To Its Programming Tiers


When Viacom and the Dish Network resolved their retransmission dispute in April, there was speculation that the disagreement had in part been over Dish's desire to include some of the media giant's cable channels on the Dish-owned OTT service
Sling TV.

That seems to have been the case, as Sling TV announced on Tuesday that it was now adding some Viacom channels to its various programming tiers.

Comedy Central will now be a part of both the $20 core "Live TV" service as well as the $20 "Beta" version of the service. The beta offering will also include Nick Jr. and BET. The core "Live TV" service includes Disney-owned ESPN and ESPN2, as well as the Disney Channel and Freeform. But Disney restricts the offering to one stream at a time. The ABC network stream is available for an additional $5 per month.

The "Beta" service also costs $20, but drops the Disney-owned networks in favor of some Fox-owned networks, which allow multiple streams. This tier offers the Fox network stream for free, as well as FX, FXX, NatGeo, NatGeo Wild, Fox Sports 1 and Fox Sports 2.

Sling TV has also reconfigured some of its existing add-on programming tiers, which cost an additional $5 per month. The "Kids Extra" tier now includes Nick Jr., NickToons, TeenNick, Disney Jr., Disney XD, Boomerang, Baby TV and Duck TV.

The "Comedy Plus Extra" tier debuts with MTV, Spike, MTV2, Logo, CMT, TV Land and truTV.

The "Lifestyle Plus Extra" tier (formerly Lifestyle Extra) includes VH1, BET, Cooking Channel, DIY, FYI, WE TV and Lifetime Movie Network.

It's worth noting that a number of Viacom's smaller cable networks won't be available under the deal, including Palladia, MTVU, VH1 Classic, VH1 Soul, CMT Pure Country, Centric, BET Hip-Hop, BET Gospel and BET Jams.

Also on Tuesday, Sling announced it was now going to be available for Apple TV customers.