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Fox News Finally Comes to Dish’s Sling TV

Variety logo Variety 12/23/2019 Todd Spangler
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Nearly five years after Dish Network launched Sling TV, the service is adding Fox News Channel — one of the most popular U.S. cable channels — to one of its baseline packages.

Fox Corporation announced a deal with Dish to launch Fox News, the distinctly pro-Donald Trump cable newser, on Sling TV’s Sling Blue package, which now costs $30 per month for 47 channels after a price hike. In addition, Fox Business is available on Sling Blue News Extra, which costs an additional $5 per month and includes CNBC, BBC World News and A+E’s Law & Crime.

Sling TV also added MSNBC and CNN’s HLN to the standard Sling Blue lineup; previously MSNBC was in the News Extra add-on for Blue and HLN was in News Extra for both Orange and Blue. CNN has been available on Sling TV since launch, and it’s in both Sling Orange and Sling Blue lineups.

Fox News and Fox Business join the Fox broadcast network in select markets as well as Fox Sports’ FS1 and FS2 on Sling Blue. None of the Fox Corporation channels are available on Sling TV’s Sling Orange package, also now priced at $30 per month for 30-plus channels. The main differences between the two packages is that Sling Blue includes Fox and NBC broadcast and sports networks, while Sling Orange includes Disney and ESPN channels. Dish sells a bundle of Orange and Blue together for $45 per month (up from $40 previously).

“We are pleased that our leading news and business networks are now available to Sling subscribers,” said Michael Biard, Fox Corporation president of operations and distribution, in a statement. “Fox News and Fox Business, which are now distributed across all major television providers, meaningfully complement Sling Blue’s lineup.”

Other channels included in Sling Blue include networks from partners including AMC Networks, A+E Networks, Discovery, WarnerMedia, Viacom as well as NFL Network. HBO and Cinemax remain unavailable on Dish’s Sling TV and on Dish’s main satellite TV service, in a standoff that dates back over a year.

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