Sling TV Cord-Cutters Get AMC, IFC, Epix

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Sling TV Cord-Cutters Get AMC

Cutting the cord on cable got a little easier Wednesday for customers of Sling TV, Dish Network’s online streaming service.

AMC and IFC were added to the bundle of networks available on the $20-a-month service, which already includes networks such as ESPN, ESPN 2, CNN, Cartoon Network and Travel Channel.

That brings some of cable’s hottest shows, such as AMC’s “The Walking Dead,” “Better Call Saul” and “Mad Men” and IFC’s “Portlandia” to the service, which is viewable on Android and Apple mobile devices, via streaming boxes such as Roku and Amazon Fire, and on PCs and gaming consoles.

Sling also announced a new $5 movie add-on Wednesday that includes the Epix networks and Sundance TV. Offerings on Epix range from recent hits like “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” to classics like “Saturday Night Fever.”

Sling TV launched nationwide last month.

It does not require a subscription and comes without the installation fees and other charges that traditional cable often includes. Its offerings remain limited compared with cable, but Sling represents the most extensive package of networks offered in one streaming bundle so far.

Although Sling may certainly have appeal to folks considering ditching their cable subscriptions, the company has said its primary target is consumers who have already cut the cord in favor of streaming options such as Netflix, Amazon and Hulu.

Doug Gross is a staff writer covering personal finance for NerdWallet. Follow him on Twitter @doug_gross and on Google+.


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