Sling TV launched on Monday, giving cord-cutters a way to watch ESPN, AMC, Disney Channel and more without paying for cable. The online streaming service, which is owned by DISH Network, will cost $20 a month. Plenty of networks have made shows available on platforms like Hulu and Netflix. But live sports kept many people paying for cable. That is why ESPN was able to charge cable providers more than $6 to carry the channel — more than four times the price of TNT, the second most expensive channel, according to media research firm SNL Kagan. Now anybody with a Mac, PC, Roku, or iOS or Android device will be able to download Sling TV and stream live sports on ESPN and ESPN 2, as well shows on CNN, HGTV, TNT and others. Other packages with more channels are available for an extra $5, and support for devices like Amazon Fire TV and Xbox One are "coming soon."
— Keith Wagstaff