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Sling TV is coming to LG’s webOS-based Smart TVs

LG has announced its Smart TVs running the webOS software will carry the brand new Sling TV internet streaming platform.

Announced at CES 2015, Sling TV comes from the makers of the Slingbox and delivers television content packages via the internet rather than the user having to sign up for a cable or satellite subscription.

LG says it’ll be available to owners of webOS 1.0 televisions (announced at CES last year) and this year’s webOS 2.0 sets, at some point during 2015.

In a statement, the company wrote: “In 2015, LG will join forces with the live, over-the-top television service Sling TV.

“LG Smart TVs with webOS 1.0 and 2.0 will stream Sling TV’s live sports, lifestyle, family, news and information channels, Video-On-Demand entertainment and the best of Internet video through an Internet connection.”

Sling TV is a U.S. only proposition right now and brings access to a wide range of cable TV channels, through a partnership with the satellite provider Dish.

Channels like ESPN (which is a particularly big deal), Disney Channel, CNN, Food Network and other popular subscription-only channels are part of the package, which costs only $20 a month (around £12).

Subscribers will be able to access live streaming and on demand content via web browsers, games consoles like the Xbox One, as well as iOS and Android devices. It’s also Chromecast compatible, while it’ll also arrive on the Amazon Fire TV and Google Nexus Player.

Read more: Samsung Smart TV 2015 review

The proposition once again widens the crack in the door, for viewers hoping to cut the cable and ditch their TV service. It’s presence on LG’s webOS TVs could be the kicker for those splashing out on a new television this year.

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