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Kids Channels added to Sling TV

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Sling TV wants your children. Dish Network’s streaming video platform announced two weeks ago that it will carry an on-demand channel to reach parents seeking child-friendly entertainment for their offspring.

Titled Sling Kids, the new channel will feature more than 200 live and on-demand titles, plus new VOD content. VOD, for those new to the term, is video on demand.

Sling Kids will carry on-demand content from Kabillion, Kaboom, and Splash. Kaboom and Kabillion debuted on YouTube; Splash is a reality competition channel owned by ABC. Shows will include popular series such as Sonic X, All Dogs Go to Heaven, My Little Pony, Dennis the Menace, TANX, SkizzTV, and Chloe’s Closet, and movies such as My Friend Bernard and The Missing Lynx.

Sling TV already offers a substantial children’s lineup. The networks available with each service tier will vary according to the terms of differing licensing contracts. The Sling Blue multi-device platform carries NickToons, Nick Jr., Teen Nick, Cartoon Network, Baby TV, DuckTV, and Boomerang. The Kids Extra package offered with the single-device Sling Orange service carries all of the above, plus The Disney Channel, Disney Junior, and Disney XD.

Sling TV organizes its channels into age-appropriate groups: two to four, five to seven, eight to eleven, and twelve and over. It does not go as far as Netflix in integrating parental controls with user profiles, though it does enable parental controls.

With the new children’s network, Sling TV now offers more than 70 channels. Its basic package, which sells for just $20.00 per month, features 27.

Dish Network launched Sling TV in April 2015. It did so to reach millennials and others who view TV mainly on mobile devices, or who are unaccustomed to conventional satellite and cable subscription TV.


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