Sling TV has started its free ad-supported streaming TV service, Sling Freestream. This service gives users access to over 210 channels and more than 41,000 on-demand movies and TV shows from a wide range of genres, such as news, sports, crime, home improvement, cooking, and more.
At launch, Sling Freestream can be watched on all Roku devices through the Sling TV app. It’s also coming to devices from LG, Samsung, and Vizio. In the coming months, the FAST service will be available on all of the devices that Sling TV supports, including iOS, Android, Fire TV, Apple TV, Xbox, and more.
With Freestream, users can stream free channels like ABC News Live, Architectural Digest, CBS News, ESPN On Demand, VH1 I Love Reality, and shows like “Family Feud,” “Forensic Files,” “Hell’s Kitchen,” Anthony Bourdain’s “A Cook’s Tour,” and “The Walking Dead Universe,” among others.
Nearly doubling the number of channels to over 400 and adding more than 42,000 on-demand titles. Other plans for the future include giving non-paying subscribers access to “Freeview Weekends,” which lets paying Sling TV subscribers watch premium content from Showtime, MGM+, and other add-on subscriptions. In the future, Sling TV will also add new features, such as a universal search function, better channel surfing, updated guide filters, and the ability to play videos automatically.
“Sling Freestream is an awesome new service that helps meet the changing needs of consumers. We know that some people want free content, others may want to pay for a subscription that lasts all year, and still others may only want to pay for certain events or shows. “We have created a one-of-a-kind entertainment experience by combining world-class content with the ability to easily switch in and out of premium pay TV,” said Gary Schanman, Sling TV’s EVP and president, in a statement.
Schanman is sure that advertisers who want to grow and “reach a wider range of streaming customers” will be interested in Sling Freestream. Schaeman added, “Sling Freestream offers a premium advertising experience that is good for both viewers and advertisers.”
As the streaming wars heat up, the company is smart to start a free streaming TV service that is supported by ads. Even Netflix, which has a huge business, has turned to ads to grow. Netflix and Warner Bros. Discovery have both said they want to start their own FAST services in the future. According to nScreenMedia, the FAST industry will bring in $4.1 billion in advertising revenue and have 216 million monthly active users by 2023. Our Latest Blog
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In an interview with TechCrunch at the Consumer Electronics Show last month, Schanman said that free content is an important part of the company’s streaming strategy. “Free is a part of how we think about our relationship with the customer. He told us, “We want a long-term relationship with the subscriber in which they see value in what we offer, and [free content is] a part of that.”
This is not the first time that Sling TV has given away content for free. Sling TV already has a free plan called Sling Free that gives you access to more than 150 live channels and more than 40,000 videos you can watch whenever you want. With the release of Sling Freestream, however, Sling TV is adding 130 more free channels to its lineup. Also, unlike Sling Free, users don’t have to make an account to use Sling Freestream.
The news of a new FAST service comes after Sling TV said it would lose 77,000 subscribers in the fourth quarter of 2022. Even though Sling TV’s parent company, Dish, hasn’t released its financials for the fourth quarter, we think that Sling TV isn’t making enough money. The price of Sling TV’s live TV streaming service went up recently. It now costs $40 per month.