Streaming TV services are becoming increasingly popular with viewers looking for a more convenient and affordable way to watch sports, but the costs of cable packages and other premium services are still a major barrier to many consumers.
In an effort to address this problem, some of the world’s leading cable providers are launching premium streaming services with premium channels available for a fraction of the cost of a traditional cable package.
The latest to enter the streaming market are Netflix, Hulu and Amazon Prime, which have been around for a while now and have grown to have a large user base.
But it’s not just streaming services that are attracting more and more subscribers, as more and more people are looking for new ways to watch their favourite sporting events, or the latest movies and TV shows.
The rise of streams in the US is due in part to the popularity of cable TV, which is still in its infancy and has only just begun to catch up with the online video revolution.
“This is something that we’re going to see continue for a long time, because it’s a good way to consume content,” said Cablevision CEO Dan O’Connell in January.
“It’s not going to happen overnight, but we think it’s going to become a thing that people will gravitate towards.”
In the UK, where there are also plans to introduce a new cable service, Sling TV, the new service could become a major factor in the future growth of online video streaming.
A report from the Telegraph claimed Sled TV will be launched in the UK this year, and could be a “major catalyst” in the industry.
“Sling has already been a major player in the live sports market, with the launch of ESPN in 2013 and a massive global expansion in the sports business in 2016,” the report claimed.
“Now it will add a new platform to its platform, Sling TV.”
“With Sling’s launch, we see the rise of a new player in sports entertainment: the live streaming service,” O’Connell told the Telegraph.
But in the US, the online sports video streaming industry is still struggling to break into the mainstream.
“In terms of the amount of money that cable companies are making in the United States, we’re in a really competitive market right now, and cable companies aren’t really going to go anywhere until they make a big splash,” Nate Johnson, president of the Association of American Cable Producers, told Wall Street Journal.
“The big players have been selling their services for years, and the cable companies haven’t done anything.
It’s like you’re buying a car with a $100,000 price tag, and you don’t have a license, so you go and buy the cheapest car you can find.
With Sled TV, you can’t just get a license and have it approved.
The license is a part of the product.”
The Sledgehammer launch of SlingTV will be available to subscribers of the CNBC channel, which also features The NFL and The NBA and Soccer Major League, which are the major networks for the US.
Other streamers that have been announced for SLS include ESPN, Disney, Discovery Channel, Discovery Music, MTV, The Food Network, Food Network , Food Network Live, and The History Channel.
So far, Netflix and Hulu have not been announced as Sleeper stream services, and Amazon Prime has not yet been announced.
As new streaming services are introduced, it seems likely that the sprint network will also launch a sling version of Slim in 2018.
There are many other streaming services available for the US, including Amazon, YouTube, Vudu, Hulu Plus, and Netflix.
However, the fact that Sprint has chosen to launch a streaming service that’s available to customers who have already subscribed to a cable subscription has the potential to be a boon to the US industry.
Streaming has been an area of concern for Netflix, which recently announced it would cut its US business by 70% in 2018.
“I think it has been a bit of a double-edged sword for Netflix, because when we announced that we were going to start streaming in the U.S., we didn’t get a ton of traction in the streaming space, and now we’re actually getting a lot of traction,” Netflix CEO Reed Hastings told CBS This Morning in February.
“But it’s been a very valuable asset for us to be able to go out there and introduce a service, and I think we’re doing that right now.”