Sling TV launches beta 'multi-stream' plan with simultaneous streaming on three devices

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Sling TV on Wednesday launched a beta "multi-stream" plan, allowing subscribers to stream channels on up to three devices simultaneously, instead of the normal single-device scheme.

A multi-stream plan starts at $20 per month, and is primarily focused on Fox channels, including local stations and regional Fox Sports coverage. A number of other networks are also included however, such as AMC, IFC, CNN, and the Cartoon Network.

There are some important differences in bundled content, as the multi-stream package offers an extra four channels by default, like FX and the National Geographic Channel. It makes sacrifices in the process, most notably ESPN and Disney.

Channels like ABC, Epix, HBO, and Univision must be added through "Extras" packages costing between $5 and $15 per month.

Sling TV is available through a number of platforms, among them iOS, OS X, Windows, Android, Roku, Chromecast, and the Xbox One. At the moment, there is no tvOS app for the fourth-generation Apple TV.

Sling TV is one of a small number of fledgling Internet-only live TV services. Rumors have suggested that Apple is working on a service of its own, which might finally arrive sometime in September, though the company has encountered numerous delays.