Xbox has teamed up with Sling TV to launch a new live internet TV service.
Sling TV is an over-the-top television service that, for US$20 a month, delivers live sports, lifestyle, family, news and information channels, Video-On-Demand entertainment, and the best of internet video to viewers.
An official post on the Xbox Wire site said: “Our vision at Xbox is to bring your games and entertainment together. Important to that vision is our focus on partnering with television providers and content distributors to deliver rich, differentiated TV and video experiences.”
Xbox will be the first gaming console on which Sling TV will be available, and the company has offered the opportunity for all Xbox Live members to sign up for a month’s free trial of the service at its launch.
Bassil El-Khatib, vice president of Sling TV, said: “We created the live internet TV service for millennial consumers underserved by the pay-TV industry. One of the keys to reaching this audience is being on the devices they use, and we know millions of consumers are turning on their Xbox every day to access content they love.”
The service will initially only be offered to customers in the US and will be available in the first quarter of 2015.
“We’re thrilled to partner with Sling TV as they bring this exciting new service to life, and we look forward to launching the Sling TV app on Xbox One in early 2015 as the first gaming console where the service is available,” said Mike Nichols, corporate vice president, Marketing for Xbox. “We’re committed to bringing great entertainment options to gamers and our relationship with Sling TV is an important milestone in that journey and in offering more choices to our Xbox fans.”
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