NEW YORK (TheStreet) –– Fans of The Walking Dead are about to get even more guts and gore.
DISH's (DISH) - Get DISH Network Corporation Class A Report cord-cutting service, Sling TV, is adding two new channels to its core package plus a "Hollywood Extra" package, as it tries to give cable companies a run for their money.
Sling TV added AMC (AMCX) - Get AMC Networks Inc. Class A Report and IFC to the core package, priced at $20 a month, giving The Walking Dead fans a chance to watch all the zombies and the adventures of Rick and his crew that they desire. Customers also will have access to the rest of AMC's lineup, including Better Call Saul and Mad Men, which begins its final season on April 5.
Not included in the new additions are video-on-demand content for both IFC and AMC, meaning that if you've missed any of the aforementioned shows you'll have to wait until they re-air live. Sling said the VOD content would be coming soon, however.
Included in the "Hollywood Extra" add-on, which costs an additional $5 a month, is content on EPIX, EPIX2, EPIX3, EPIX Drive-In, and Sundance TV. In addition, consumers can replay content that has aired up to a week before, without the use of a DVR. Video-on-demand content for EPIX and Sundance TV are coming soon, the company said.
Sling TV also offers a slew of add-ons, mostly priced at $5 per month, including a dedicated package for sports, kids and news and information.
Sling TV is available on a number of devices, including Amazon Fire TV and Amazon Fire TV Stick, Roku set-top boxes as well as Android and iOS devices. (For a full list of devices available, check Sling's Web site).
The new service, which was was unveiled at the Consumer Electronics Show in January, has been signaled out as a landmark in over-the-top (OTT) video services, for several reasons. Not only is the service relatively inexpensive, with the core service costing $20 a month, it gives watchers access to channels such as CNN, TNT, TBS, Food Network, HGTV, Cartoon Network, and perhaps most importantly, ESPN and ESPN2. ESPN and ESPN2, owned by Walt Disney (DIS) - Get Walt Disney Company Report, have never been this type of service, with Disney CEO Bob Iger recently calling it an "experiment" to gauge consumer interest.
On Dish's Feb. 23 conference call, Sling TV CEO Roger Lynch noted that the service was going about as expected. Lynch noted Sling TV is catering more toward the younger crowd, and more male then female, at least initially.
"And it is little early to tell sort of long term what this means but we are encouraged by it and as I said we are really focused on the segment of the market with traditional Pay TV is not," Lynch said.