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Cord cutters rejoice: Dish frees ESPN from cable bundles

Updated Jan 5th, 2015 12:35PM EST
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Want a way to get ESPN without paying for a pricey cable bundle? Well wait no more — per GigaOM, Dish on Monday announced its new Sling TV online streaming service that will give you access to both ESPN and ESPN 2 along with a handful of other stations for $20 per month.

While ESPN is definitely the highlight of Sling TV’s initial online package, subscribing to it will also get you the Disney Channel, ABC Family, Food Network, HGTV, Travel Channel, TNT, CNN, TBS, Cartoon Network and Adult Swim. In other words, it looks like Dish has successfully signed up Disney and Turner Broadcasting channels for their new service, which seems to offer a solid package for cord cutters.

You’ll be able to watch Sling TV over multiple devices including Roku, Fire TV, Android TV and Xbox One, as well as through iOS and Android devices.

2015 will be the year when the traditional cable bundle finally comes unglued. HBO is expected to launch its own streaming service in April just before the next season of Game of Thrones launches. When you combine that with what Dish will offer with Sling TV and then what you can get on both Netflix and Hulu, and you may never have a need to subscribe to an expensive cable bundle again.

Brad Reed
Brad Reed Staff Writer

Brad Reed has written about technology for over eight years at and Network World. Prior to that, he wrote freelance stories for political publications such as AlterNet and the American Prospect. He has a Master's Degree in Business and Economics Journalism from Boston University.