Dish’s streaming service for cord cutters, Sling TV, will host its first ever pay-per-view event this weekend, by offering coverage of UFC: 214: Cormier v. Jones 2. The fight between former titleholder Jon Jones and current champion Daniel Cormier is taking place on Saturday, July 29 at the Honda Center in Anaheim, Calif. Access to the event will be offered to Sling TV viewers for $59.99.
We understand that Sling TV is planning to make other pay-per-view events available in the future, too. “We are looking forward to our first pay-per-view event this weekend, and although we haven’t announced specific plans to offer other fights, we will carry additional pay-per-view events in the future,” Ankit Bishnoi, director of content acquisition and strategy at Sling TV.
The inability to able to stream pay-per-view events has been one of the larger challenges facing cord cutters. But the deal with Sling means you can order the events and watch via your internet TV service.
“Since we launched in 2015, we have focused on putting customers first, while pushing boundaries no other live [over-the-top] service has gone near,” said Roger Lynch, CEO of Sling TV, in a statement about the event.
Sling TV isn’t the only cord cutting service attempting to cater to sports fans these days. Sony’s PlayStation Vue this week just announced a new, $10/month sports pack add-on including NFL RedZone and 13 other sports channels. Other apps, like Hulu Live TV, DirecTV Now, and YouTube TV carry sports channels as well, though lineups vary.