Altice acquires NBA rights, Sling TV claims first with League Pass deal

Telco Altice has acquired rights to North American basketball league the NBA in the Dominican Republic, while multichannel television streaming service Sling TV has claimed a first with a carriage deal for out-of-market live game subscription service NBA League Pass.

Altice has agreed a multi-year deal for live games and NBA programming across television, mobile and broadband.

Altice will also offer League Pass, as well as exclusively distribute NBA TV, the league’s dedicated channel, to fans in the Dominican Republic.

Meanwhile, Sling TV has launched League Pass for its US customers and in the coming weeks will add Team Pass, giving fans access to live regular season games for a single team.

Through the deal, Sling TV said it is the first streaming service to integrate League Pass. The service is now available on Sling TV for $29 (€23) per month with a subscription to Sling Orange, Sling Blue, Spanish-language and/or select Sling International services. Team Pass will be available for $18 per month with a subscription to the same packages.

League Pass offers fans nearly 1,000 live out-of-market regular-season NBA games in addition to those separately available on television via TNT, ABC, ESPN, NBA TV, local regional sports networks and local broadcast networks.

Sling TV customers who subscribe to League Pass will also receive linear access to NBA TV. Sling TV said it also plans to add on-demand content for League Pass in the future, including replay games.