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Stream ESPN and CNN online - without cable!

Stream ESPN and CNN online - without cable!
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Want to cut the cord on cable without losing out on your favorite channels? I've got some great news for you. Dish Network has just announced a new streaming package that will let you access some of the most popular channels around for a fraction of the cost of a traditional cable or satellite bill - just $20 a month.

ESPN and CNN headline Dish Network's new offering, called Sling TV. Users don't have to sign up for a long-term contract and will be able to stream channels to their TVs, computers and gadgets.

Dish Network announced the new service at the huge technology conference International CES in Las Vegas. Chief Executive Joseph Clayton said Sling TV "challenges the status quo." But, it's not the first company to try its hand at streaming. HBO, CBS and Showtime have all announced streaming-only platforms. Dish Network's service could be even better, though, because it includes so many channels.

While ESPN and CNN are the headliners, Dish Network definitely has a lot more to offer. Sling TV will include 12 channels total, including Disney Channel, Food Network, HGTV, TNT, TBS and popular YouTube entertainment form Maker Studios.

For $10 a month, Sling TV subscribers will be able to buy add-on packages for specific genres of programming, like children’s shows and news. Dish executives said Sling TV would complement streaming services like Netflix and Hulu.

If you pay for hundreds of channels that you don't use right now through a cable or satellite provider, this could be the deal for you. It's not quite a la carte, but Sling TV does let you pay less every month for a basic selection of popular channels. The package doesn't include the major broadcasters, but you can get those for free with an HD antenna.

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