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Dish makes Sling TV available to all, adds AMC and WatchESPN access

Dish Network announced on Monday that its new over-the-top web television service, Sling TV, is now open for business and will include content from AMC— the television home of Breaking Bad and Mad Men— as well as access to WatchESPN apps for all customers.




Following a three-week incubation period, signups are live and interested consumers can now visit Sling.com to secure a free 7-day trial. The base package— which includes ESPN, ESPN2, TNT, TBS, Food Network, HGTV, Travel Channel, Adult Swim, Cartoon Network, ABC Family, Disney Channel, CNN, El Rey and Galavision -- costs $20 per month, with no long-term commitments or cancellation fees.

"There has been a remarkable expression of consumer interest since we first announced Sling TV one month ago," Sling TV CEO Roger Lynch said in a release. "We believe Sling TV is a game-changing service that enhances the existing television landscape. Now underserved audiences have access to the best of live TV at an affordable price."

AMC will be added to the base package "in the coming weeks." AMC Networks' other channels, including BBC AMERICA, BBC World News— both of which AMC is responsible for distributing in the U.S.— IFC, SundanceTV and WE tv, are also included.

In addition, subscribers can now use their Sling TV login to authenticate with ESPN's WatchESPN apps on mobile devices and the Apple TV. This is available at no extra charge for access to ESPN and ESPN2, while subscribers to the $5-per-month Sports Extra pack will also unlock SEC Network, ESPNEWS, ESPNU, ESPN Buzzer Beater, ESPN Bases Loaded and ESPN Goal Line.

Other available add-on packages include News & Info Extra, which brings HLN, Cooking Channel, DIY Network, and Bloomberg, as well as Kids Extra, which adds Disney Junior, Disney XD, Boomerang, BabyTV, and DuckTV.

AppleInsider took a first look at Sling TV during the service's beta period, and came away impressed with its generally excellent video quality and content selection. We will have a more in-depth evaluation of the service later on.