Sling TV brings streaming television to the Xbox One [Update: now live]

Update 2: The Sling TV app is now officially live for Xbox One users with a one month free trial, or three months if you purchase a new Xbox One console from the Microsoft Store website or the company's retail stores in the US from now until March 22.

Update: Well that's weird. It looks like someone at Sling TV may have hit the "post" button a little prematurely. The blog post has since been taken down, leaving a test page in its wake. In any event, it looks like the service should be landing on the Xbox One soon enough, and we'll update this post again when it's live.

Original story: Sling TV, Dish Network's internet-based television offering, has launched on the Xbox One today, making it the first console to have access to the streaming service.

With Sling TV on the Xbox One, users can access live television right from their console for $20 a month.

Sling TV, which was announced back at CES 2015, delivers live television from a number of popular channels like ESPN, CNN, Cartoon Network, and AMC. In addition to the base $20 package, users have the option of adding additional channel packages, such as Kids Extra and News & Info Extra, for an additional $5 each.

With its launch on the Xbox One, Sling TV also brings features that users of the console have come to expect out of their apps. If users have a Kinect, they'll be able to control the app with voice and gesture commands. Additionally, the app can be pinned to the dashboard and snapped with another activity so you can watch that latest episode of Better Call Saul while you're slashing your way through Dragon Age: Inquisition.

Additionally, Microsoft and Sling TV are also offering up three free months of the service for anyone who purchases a new Xbox One. The announcement doesn't make mention of how long the promo may last, but it's still a decent perk for those who are planning to pick up one of the consoles in the near future.

If you'd like to grab the Sling TV app and give the service a shot, you should be able to snag it from the app store on your Xbox One now. If you're new to Sling TV, you can also grab a free 7 days just by signing up for an account. Though it isn't mentioned in Sling TV's announcement, Microsoft also announced back in January that Xbox Live subscribers will also score one free month of the service.

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