Sling TV hits Amazon Fire TV as Appstore swells 5x

Chris Davies - Feb 12, 2015, 8:38am CST
Sling TV hits Amazon Fire TV as Appstore swells 5x

Sling TV has arrived on arrived on Amazon’s Fire TV and Fire TV Stick set-top boxes, with the streaming service targeting cord cutters arriving alongside a number of formally PC/console-only games as Amazon strengthens its living room play. Launched last month, Sling TV costs $20 a month and offers a variety of sports and entertainment channels like ESPN. Opening up to general subscribers earlier this month, Sling TV may not need a full cable subscription, but it does need some sort of streaming device to run on, and Amazon is hoping a limited time deal for a freebie Fire TV stick will help make their dongle the one people opt for.

So, if you sign up for three months of Sling TV from the get-go, Amazon will either give you a free Fire TV Stick or a $50 discount on the original Amazon Fire TV.

Sling TV isn’t the only addition to the Amazon Appstore for the Fire TV, meanwhile. There’s also FOX Sports Go, TED, CBS News, and Crossy Road, along with a game based on Game of Thrones.

Amazon Fire TV

In fact, gaming remains a key push for Amazon, having persuaded Devolver Digital – developer of Luftrausers, Always Sometimes Monsters, and OlliOlli – to bring its formerly console/PC-only titles to the STBs. There’ll be six more titles from the studio released as Fire TV exclusives over the next few months, too.

The contents of the Appstore are up 5x in volume since launch, Amazon says, marking the milestone with a promotion running until February 14th that includes free downloads of OfficeSuite Professional 8 and the ad-free version of Trivia Crack.

If you’re still behind the times on Sling TV, our review helps explain how it can take TV back for you.

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