Sling TV to Begin Streaming Pay-Per-View Events

Sling TV continues to add new features and services which show that the streaming service is quickly becoming a full-on cable replacement. Just this week, Sling TV has added its first pay-per-view sporting event in the form of the UFC 214 event featuring a headline fight between current champion Daniel Cormier and former champion Jon Jones. Sling TV subscribers can purchase the event for $59.99.

The move is natural for Sling, which is trying to position itself as a cohesive television service. Sling TV’s CEO Roger Lynch says the move to add pay-per-view is designed to further Sling TV’s move as an all-in-one cord cutting solution. “Since we launched in 2015, we have focused on putting customers first, while pushing boundaries no other live [over-the-top] service has gone near,” Lynch said in a statement, “Integrating UFC 214 directly into the Sling TV experience is the next step in Sling TV becoming a true cable replacement.” While there aren’t yet any specific pay-per-view events scheduled for the future, Sling TV’s director of content acquisition and strategy Ankit Bishnoi told TechCrunch that Sling TV will indeed be bringing more pay-per-view events to their streaming service going forward:

We are looking forward to our first pay-per-view event this weekend, and although we haven’t announced specific plans to offer other fights, we will carry additional pay-per-view events in the future.

Pay-per-view sporting events have been one of the last holdouts in the cable cutting revolution. In the past, cable cutters have had to find ways around the lack of streaming pay-per-view options by streaming through a web browser and connecting their computer to a TV, or watch the old fashioned way by going to a crowded, loud sports bar. Now that Sling TV is entering the pay-per-view market, cord cutters could see more streaming services begin offering these high-profile (and high cost) sporting events.

Sling TV users who wish to purchase the UFC 214 fight can do so by logging in, accessing the “My Account” menu, and then clicking on the “UFC 214” banner. After purchase, a dedicated channel will appear on the channel guide which will stream the fight on July 29. DVR functions are disabled for the fight.

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