Sling TV, the live streaming service owned by satcaster Dish, has added two more betting information channels, one for baseball and one for hockey.
The channels, which are produced in collaboration with digital gaming company DraftKings, follow a marketing agreement last month between Dish and DraftKings to bring the latter’s sportsbook and daily fantasy sports gaming features to Dish and Sling subscribers.
Sling last week launched a sports betting information channel that allows subscribers to view basketball betting odds and real-time game scores. The new channels do the same for baseball and hockey.
Dish is also expected to soon add DraftKings-related features to its Hopper, Internet-enabled receivers.
Despite the possible appeal to sports fans who wager, the DraftKings experience is somewhat limited for Dish and Sling TV customers because the two TV services do not carry the regional sports channels that provide the broadcasts of most NBA, NHL and MLB teams. Dish and Sling are engaged in carriage disputes with Bally Sports, the AT&T-named regional sports networks, and the NBC regional sports channels.
Under the Dish-DraftKings deal, new DraftKings customers can get a free $50 bet, and $1000 deposit bonus with their first deposit, at the DraftKings web site by using the promo code, SLING. The DraftKings site allows sports betting in states where it’s legal.
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