The 2015 International CES didn't feature as many breakthroughs in streaming media technology as the previous year, when it seemed every major TV manufacturer announced a 4K deal with Netflix. This year was more of an incremental series of changes- with the exception of another big press day announcement from Dish:
- That, of course, was Sling TV, which Dish's Sling subsidiary announced during press day at the show. It's a $20-a-month over-the-top streaming service that features a small selection of channels- ESPN, ESPN2, TNT, TBS, Food Network, HGTV, Travel Channel, Adult Swim, Cartoon Network, Disney Channel, ABC Family and CNN. It's those first two that are huge, as a big barrier in the way of cord-cutters has always been sports, especially major rights-holder ESPN. Sling TV represents the first time users will be able to pay for ESPN without subscribing to cable.