DishSling TV's TV streaming service announced today that it is providing a selection of its content for free streaming without the need for a credit card or account. The free offering includes the latest news and live events from ABC News Live, films and children's content for families as well as other lifestyle and entertainment programs. The new service comes at a time when a significant number of Americans are stuck at home due to the COVID 19 outbreak. Sling TV not only hopes for a little good press, but also markets its paid service to free users by promoting content that is marked as only available to subscribers.
"Stay in & SLING", as the free service is called, now includes thousands of shows and films without having to register.
These include a selection of older shows such as "Hell & # 39; s Kitchen", "Forensic Files", "Kitchen Nightmares", "Black Sails", "Third Rock from the Sun", "Roseanne", "Grounded for Life", " Hunter "" Grace Under Fire "," Shameless "," 21 Jump Street "and others as well as a small selection of free live TV channels directed by ABC News Live.
The film section is divided into categories, including horror, action, drama and popular. In the latter you will usually find older films and unknown titles.
The free children's content area is a little more promising with free episodes and seasons from shows like "Teen Titans Go!", "Adventure Time", "DC Super Hero Girls", "Total Dramarama", "Justice League Action", "LEGO Ninjago" , "Bob the Builder" and others.
There are also series of free comedy standup specials, free true crime shows, free popular shows (e.g. "Rick and Morty", "Impractical Jokers", samurai jack, etc.) and a section with shows "Get a Free button ”. This final series is a selection of individual free episodes from more well-known shows like "Power", "Vida", "American Gods", "The White Queen", "Party Down" and more from Starz.
All of this free content is in between much more enticing paid plans – like rows of sports, news, and entertainment programs, each with large yellow subscribe buttons above the image thumbnail. So if you want to see shows like "Friends", "Sportscenter", "Anderson Cooper 360" or films that you have heard of before, you have to pay. There's also a huge advertisement for Sling TV at the top of the screen.
This setup is due to the fact that the free tier of Sling TV is not just meant to benefit from the health crisis. Sling TV has offered a free selection in the past to attract potential subscribers. However, the free tier last year included access to over 100 hours of free shows and movies. The newly renamed and re-launched free tier is larger and includes thousands of movies and shows.
However, Sling TV primarily positions the free service to help U.S. consumers keep up with the news during the Corona virus outbreak.
"To stay up to date in these uncertain times, Americans need access to news from reputable sources," he said Warren Schlichting, Group president of Sling TV, in a statement. "With many Americans staying at home, we have the opportunity to use our platform to deal with this rapidly evolving situation," he said.
Sling TV was in a difficult situation for subscribers before the COVID-19 crisis.
The company saw its first drop in Sling TV subscribers in the fourth quarter of 2019. At the end of the year, there were 94,000 customers with a total of 2.59 million subscribers. The decline is likely due to a number of factors, including price increases, increasing competition from competitors such as Hulu with live TV and YouTube TV, and new subscription services such as Disney + and Apple TV +, which are weighing on consumer limited entertainment budgets.
Still, Sling TV is by no means the only streamer who wants to gain viewership through marketing to homebound Americans during the COVID 19 outbreak.
Disney has just released "Frozen 2" for its "Disney +" service, a full three months ahead of schedule. Hulu also released the first three episodes of "Little Fires Everywhere" early on. And NBCU finally breaks the cinema window to release "The Invisible Man" and other films on demand.
The free Sling TV experience is available via the Sling app for Roku, Amazon or Android devices or via the Internet with a Chrome, Safari or Microsoft Edge browser.