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Sling adds more ESPN channels, Spanish-language networks

A broadcast of "The Harder They Come" is seen on the El Rey channel via Sling TV. [Photo: The Desk]
A broadcast of “The Harder They Come” is seen on the El Rey channel via Sling TV. [Photo: The Desk]
Dish quietly added several more channels to its streaming TV service Sling, including a new add-on package that brings a slew of additional sports programming.

On Friday, Sling added Galavision, El Rey Network and Maker Network to its core programming package. The package, which costs $20 a month, already includes ESPN, CNN and the Cartoon Network.

In addition to the new channels, Sling launched a new “Sports Extra” package that delivers ESPNews, SEC Networks, Universal Sports and the Al Jazeera-owned BeIN Sports for an extra $5 a month. The premium sports package is offered alongside two other add-ons — News and Information Extra and Kids Extra — both costing an additional $5 a month.

Dish has signed carriage deals with Disney, Turner Broadcasting, Scripps, Univision and A&E Networks for Sling. Channels from the A&E Networks portfolio have yet to be added to the service.

Sling was announced by Dish at the Consumer Electronics Show early last month. It is currently offered by invitation only and can be accessed via apps on iOS, Android, Mac and Roku devices as well as through web browsers. More platforms, including Amazon Fire TV and Google Nexus Player, are expected to be added in the near future.