Sling TV, the Netflix for cable, opens doors to all subscribers, with new channels coming

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Sling television interface. Photo: Jim Merithew/Cult of Mac
Photo: Jim Merithew/Cult of Mac

Sling TV — the Dish-owned streaming service that does for cable what Netflix did for video tentals — has just announced that it is opening its door to the general public. And if the cable stations it currently has on offer don’t entice you to sign up for its $20 per month subscription, well, some more channels are coming down the pipeline soon.

We’re big fans of Sling TV here at Cult of Mac. The service opened up early access to users late last week, offering the first subscribers a free 7-day trial period with access to the $20 per month “Best of Live TV” package that includes ESPN, ESPN 2, TNT, TBS, the Food Network, HGTV, Travel Channel, Adult Swim, Cartoon Network, Disney Channel, ABC Family, and CNN, as well as other stations if you were willing to pay for them.

Today, Sling TV throws open the doors to all users who are willing to sign-up, and there’s an added bonus: Sling TV is adding AMC, home of shows such as Mad Men, The Walking Dead, and the upcoming Better Call Saul. It will also add BBC America, home of Doctor Who, and other networks like IFC and SundanceTV. Even better? You won’t have to pay extra for AFC.

I like what I’ve seen of Sling TV, but after my early access, I wondered if there was really enough here to justify a $20 per month subscription. The addition of AMC, though, changes all that. I can’t wait to see it pop up in a few weeks time.

You can sign up for Sling TV here.