Sling Users Get More Streaming TV Today With Addition Of AMC, IFC

AMC is now live on Sling, several weeks in advance of the April 5 start of Mad Men's final season.

AMC is now live on Sling, several weeks in advance of the April 5 start of Mad Men’s final season.

One of the most common knocks against Dish’s Sling TV streaming service is that it just doesn’t offer you enough channels for the $20/month subscription, but today Sling will get more attractive to some as AMC and IFC are added to the base package of channels at no additional cost, while users also have the option of a $5 premium bundle from Epix.

It’s good timing for Sling to add AMC as users will still be able to catch some of the current season of The Walking Dead and Better Call Saul, and there are several weeks to go before the final season of AMC’s flagship show Mad Men kicks off.

IFC is a much smaller fish, especially since the former Independent Film Channel has long since moved away from its mostly commercial-free beginnings. But hey, it’s another option and it doesn’t cost Sling users any more money.

While AMC and IFC have been added to Sling, neither allows users to employ the service’s online rewind or pause functionality, and neither currently offer an archive of recently aired shows, so if you missed the Walking Dead you’ll have to wait until it airs again live.

For ad-free movies, you’ll need to ante up another $5 for the EPIX bundle we told you about a few weeks back. The “Hollywood Extra” package will give subscribers access to EPIX, EPIX2, EPIX3, EPIX Drive-In and SundanceTV. That last channel is an interesting inclusion as, like IFC, it’s part of the AMC Networks family and is not really considered a premium channel by many viewers, even though movies are shown without ads.

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