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Sling TV Providing Free Previews of Premium Streamers ViX+, Acorn TV this Weekend

Matt Tamanini

This weekend, live TV streaming service Sling TV is upping its game by bringing subscribers not one, but two premium channels for free as part of its summer Freeview Weekends promotion. This weekend, the streamer will be opening up access to two services which each bring their own unique international flair.

The first premium offering available to Sling subscribers this weekend is Spanish-language streaming service ViX+, which launched on Thursday. The second service getting the Freeview treatment is British-focused Acorn TV.

The ViX+ preview launches on Thursday, July 21 while Acorn TV will join the fun on Friday, July 22; both sets of premium offerings will be available through Sunday at no cost to Sling customers.

ViX+ launches with over 10,000 hours of exclusive content to go along with the 40,000 hours available on its ad-supported tier ViX. The premium service will also offer over 7,000 hours of live sports including action from some of the best soccer leagues in the world.

Customers will be able to stream ViX+ original series “María Félix: La Doña,” “Mirreyes contra Godínez 2: El Retiro,” and “La Mujer del Diablo” on the service. In addition, ViX+ is the Spanish-language home of all UEFA National Team competitions, as well as the U.S. and Mexican Women’s National Teams. The premium streamer will also feature action from Brasileirão Championship, Argentina’s Liga Profesional de Fútbol, Colombian Primera División, and Perú Liga 1.

If after catching up on ViX+’s originals you want to dive into world-class mysteries, dramas, and comedies from Britain, Sling TV is also making Acorn TV’s linear offerings and on-demand content library available to subscribers for free this weekend. Featuring beloved series “Midsomer Murders,” “The Brokenwood Mysteries,” “Murdoch Mysteries,” and more, the service is perfect for cuddling up and binging a great six-episode season.

In 2022, the British streamer is premiering Acorn TV Originals including “My Life is Murder,” “Signora Volpe,” and “Harry Wild,” as well as an exclusive new season of fan favorite “Doc Martin.” Outside of Sling TV, viewers can access Acorn TV programming with a standalone subscription or via AMC+.

Sling TV subscribers won’t need to do anything to sign up for the ViX+ and Acorn TV Freeview Weekend, but after the free window expires, they can easily subscribe to one or both of the services inside the Sling TV app or online under the “My Account” option.

The first week of July saw Sling TV offer Curiosity Stream and Destination America for free followed by Hallmark Movies Now and EPIX Now, while Sundance Now and AMC+ are slated for Freeview Weekends throughout the rest of the month.

  • Sling TV

    Sling TV is a live TV streaming service that helps users save money with the option of two distinct plans. The $40/month “Sling Orange” plan offers about 30 channels, including Disney Channel and ESPN. The $40/month “Sling Blue” plan offers about 40 channels, including Fox and NBC local channels.

    Sling Blue users in Chicago, Los Angeles, New York City, Philadelphia, and San Francisco pay a $5 surcharge because they have access to their local ABC affiliate.

    If you subscribe to both plans, you’ll receive a $25 discount. Sling also offers various “Extra” packs that you can add to your subscription.

    Sling is great for the budget-conscious cord cutter who just wants to watch live TV, but doesn’t need the most comprehensive channel selection.

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  • ViX+

    ViX+ is now called ViX Premium. It is a Spanish-language streaming service with more than 40,000 hours of content, featuring originals and library content from Univision and Televisa’s pool of programming. It will also have as much as 7,000 hours of live sports, including Liga MX and UEFA Champion’s League soccer.

  • Acorn TV

    Acorn TV is an excellent choice for viewing television programming (and the occasional film) produced outside the United States, primarily content from the United Kingdom. The service also creates original content and has a library of hundreds of TV shows. Of particular note are their award-winning mysteries and dramas. Popular hits include “Happy Valley,” “Line of Duty,” “Murdoch Mysteries,” “MIdsomer Murders,” and “Poldark.”

    Easy on the wallet, a monthly subscription allows for simultaneous streams from up to four devices, all commercial-free. There are no options for offline download, however, and the service only allows for one profile. While Acorn TV is largely safe for all ages, there is no content geared specifically for children. As such, the service does not provide any parental controls.


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