The program rights access and regional availability of a number of major broadcast networks on online streaming services are still a mystery to many viewers. However, Dish Network’s online streaming platform, Sling TV recently responded to a query that asked where the Big Four networks Sling TV carries could be seen.
In a statement, officials from Sling TV confirmed that NBC and FOX Networks will be available only to the subscribers, who are currently under the newer Sling Blue platform. They also added that the live feeds of almost all local stations are limited to the markets, where the networks have operated and owned stations. This means that Sling TV viewers in other markets would be able to access the contents offered by these networks only as On-Demand.
Sling TV subscribers who wish to access the contents of ABC Network would have to purchase the “Broadcast Extra” package. This package is available at just $5 per month and it includes both UniMas and Univision channels. The live feed of local ABC channels are limited to O&O markets though.
Furthermore, the On-Demand availability of these channels is also not available in all the other markets. Some of the ABC markets include North Carolina, Raleigh-Durham, California, Fresno-Visalia, San Francisco, Philadelphia, Houston, Chicago, Los Angeles, and New York.
On the other hand, Sling TV subscribers currently under the Sling Blue package will be able to watch the live local feeds of FOX in Florida, Gainesville, Texas, Austin, North Carolina, Minneapolis, Atlanta, Detroit, Washington D.C, San Francisco, Philadelphia, Houston, Dallas, Chicago, Los Angeles, Tampa, and Orlando. However, the live viewing of NBC on Sling Blue will be confined to Hartford/New Haven, Miami/Fort Lauderdale, San Diego, D.C, Washington, Philadelphia, Chicago, Los Angeles, and New York.
Many other streaming service providers, including AT&T, have not yet shared any information about the reach of their broadcast network agreements. However, reports from several sources indicate that AT&T is planning to give some insight into these details in a few weeks. Sling TV has reportedly noted that their service should not be considered as a replacement for traditional pay TV, but their advertisements deliver a different message.