The biggest show in the history of cable television is no longer just on cable television.
AMC announced Monday that it’s joining the roster of channels available on Dish Network’s new television streaming service, Sling TV. That means, for the first time ever, the mega-popular zombie series The Walking Dead will be available to watch live for people who don’t have a traditional cable or satellite subscription. All the rest of AMC’s programming, including critical darling Mad Men and the new Breaking Bad spinoff Better Call Saul, will also be available to stream.
The addition of AMC is a huge get for Sling TV, which launched Monday with a small bundle of channels offered to customers nationwide for $20 per month (AMC is not yet part of the lineup, but will be added “soon,” according to a press release). In addition to AMC, subscribers get ESPN, ESPN2, TBS, TNT Cartoon Network and several other channels. Customers can also buy topical add-on packs in categories such as sports and news for an additional $5 per month.
Sling TV is available for desktops, smartphones, Roku boxes and other streaming devices.
Sling TV is the latest in a growing number of online services that will let people live-stream television via the Internet without paying for cable. Sony is planning a TV service delivered online for its PlayStation platforms, while individual channels such as Viacom’s Nickelodeon and Time Warner’s HBO are also planning to offer their content online outside the traditional cable package.
The timing for the AMC add couldn’t be any better for Sling TV: The Walking Dead, which only grew more popular in 2014, returned with new episodes on Sunday.