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Sling TV Adds Channels to Base Plan; Swipes at DIRECTV Now

Sling TV has moved the Paramount Network and E! channel from its add-on $5-a-month plans to its Blue basic package for no extra charge.

The Blue package features more than 40 channels including live network feeds in select markets as well as several Fox channels. Sling’s Orange plan includes ESPN and more than 30 cable networks. Both plans normally cost $25 a month, but Sling is now offering the first three months of each package for $15 a month.

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In announcing the move of E! and Paramount to the Blue package for free, Sling took a swipe at DIRECTV Now, a live streaming rival that recently dropped some channels from its base plan while also raising its price.

“While other streaming providers are removing quality programming and raising prices, we’ve added two popular entertainment channels to Sling Blue without inflating costs for our customers,” Dana McLeod, vice president of programming at Sling TV, said in a press release. “We are committed to providing the best content at the best price. There’s never been a better time to be a Slinger.”

E! and Paramount Network were previously in Sling’s Lifestyle Extra ($5/month) and Comedy Extra ($5/month) plans respectively. The two plans, and other $5-a-month packages, can be purchased in addition to a Blue or Orange package.

The E! channel features entertainment and lifestyle programming, such as Keeping Up With the Kardashians, and Live From the Red Carpet, a pre-awards show.

The Paramount Network offers scripted and unscripted programming such as Yellowstone, Lip Sync Battle and Bar Rescue.

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